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Fred B. Bryant

Fred B. Bryant

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I have roughly 200 professional publications in personality, social psychology, behavioral medicine, and psychometrics. And I have helped secure more than $20 million in research grants in the course of my academic career. I have served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality Assessment and Basic and Applied Social Psychology. In 2005, I was recognized as the Loyola Faculty Member of the Year.

Within applied social psychology, my research interests include measuring and enhancing subjective life quality, meta-analyzing research on social interventions, and evaluating test validity. Related to this work, I have been involved in several large-scale research projects investigating quality of life in various populations and synthesizing quasi-experimental studies on the impact of federally-mandated educational programs. I have also served as an expert witness in several court cases involving theory, methodology, and statistics in social and industrial-organizational psychology. And I have extensive consulting experience in applied settings including medicine, education, marketing, law, and program evaluation.

Within basic social psychology, my primary research interests are in the field of positive psychology and involve the study of processes underlying positive emotions. I am currently investigating the dynamics of savoring—that is, cognitive and behavioral processes through which people regulate (intensify or prolong) positive experiences. Within the domain of personality psychology, my research interests include affect intensity, aggression, Type A behavior, dimensions and processes underlying psychological well-being, and the conceptualization and measurement of cognition and emotion. Within the statistical realm, I specialize in structural equation modeling, nonlinear classification tree analysis, psychometrics, instrument development, and construct validation. I am currently involved in several large-scale, multidisciplinary federally funded research grant projects, including work on neurobiological, genetic, environmental, and psychosocial determinants of quality of life and psychological functioning.

I am perhaps best known for my research on savoring, or processes through which people attend to, appreciate, and enhance positive experience. Much of this research is summarized in my book: Bryant, F. B., & Veroff, J. (2007). Savoring: A new model of positive experience. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. [ISBN: 0-8058-5119-4 (cloth); 0-8058-4120-8 (paper)].

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Causal Attribution
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Social Cognition

Research Group or Laboratory:


Journal Articles:

  • Bryant, F. B. (2003). Savoring Beliefs Inventory (SBI): A scale for measuring beliefs about savouring. Journal of Mental Health, 12, 175-196.
  • Bryant, F. B., & Guilbault, R. L. (2002). “I knew it all along” eventually: The development of hindsight bias in reaction to the Clinton impeachment verdict. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 24, 27-41.
  • Bryant, F. B., Smart, C. M., & King, S. P. (2005). Using the past to enhance the present: Boosting happiness through positive reminiscence. Journal of Happiness Studies, 6, 227-260.
  • Bryant, F. B., & Smith, B. D. (2001). Refining the architecture of aggression: A measurement model for the Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire. Journal of Research in Personality, 35, 138-167.
  • Coakley, R. M., Holmbeck, G. N., & Bryant, F. B. (2006). Constructing a prospective model of psychosocial adaptation in young adolescents with spina bifida: An application of optimal data analysis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 31, 1084-1099.
  • Edelman, P., Guihan, M., Bryant, F. B., & Munroe, D. J. (2006). Measuring resident and family member determinants of satisfaction with assisted living. The Gerontologist, 46, 599-608.
  • Guilbault, R. L., Bryant, F. B., Brockway, J. H., & Posavac, E. J. (2004). A meta-analysis of research on hindsight bias. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 26, 103-117.
  • Martyn-Nemeth, P., Penckofer, S., Gulanick, M., Velsor-Friedrich, B., & Bryant, F. B. (2008). The relationships among self-esteem, stress, coping, eating behavior, and depressive mood in adolescents. Research in Nursing & Health, 32, 96-109.
  • Smart, C. M., Nelson, N. W., Sweet, J. J., Bryant, F. B., Berry, D. T .R., Granacher, R. P., & Heilbronner, R. L. (2008). Use of MMPI-2 to predict cognitive effort: A hierarchically optimal classification tree analysis. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14, 842-852.
  • Snowden, J. A., Leon, S. C., Bryant, F. B., & Lyons, J. S. (2007). Evaluating psychiatric hospital admission decisions for children in foster care: An optimal classification tree analysis. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 36, 8-18.

Other Publications:

  • Bryant, F. B. (2000). Assessing the validity of measurement. In L. G. Grimm & P. R. Yarnold (Eds.), Reading and understanding more multivariate statistics (pp. 99-146). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Bryant, F. B., & DeHoek, A. (2006). Looking back on what we knew and when we knew it: The role of time in the development of hindsight bias. In L. J. Sanna & E. C. Chang (Eds.), Judgments over time: The interplay of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors (pp. 230-250). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Bryant, F. B., King, S. P., & Smart, C. M. (2006). Multivariate statistical strategies for construct validation in positive psychology. In A.G. Ong & M. van Dulmen (Eds.), Oxford handbook of methods in positive psychology (pp. 61-82). New York: Oxford University Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Structural Equation Modeling

Fred B. Bryant
Department of Psychology
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60660
United States of America

  • Phone: (773) 508-3033
  • Fax: (773) 508-8713

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