A Wholesome, Hireable Man


I’m Ted Schwaba, a PhD student at UC Davis studying with Dr. Wiebke Bleidorn.

My major research interests lie in understanding why and how the environment influences personality trait development across the lifespan. I’m also curious about longitudinal modeling techniques, personality interventions, and the structure and consequences of openness to experience.

I like baseball, beer, and gardening.


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Schwaba, T. (2018). The Structure, Measurement, and Development of Openness to Experience across Adulthood. In the forthcoming Guilford Handbook of Personality Development. Preprint available by email.

Schwaba, T., & Bleidorn, W. (2017). Personality Trait Change Across the Transition to Retirement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Preprint available at https://osf.io/j6byv/

Schwaba, T., & Bleidorn, W. (2017). Individual Differences in Personality Change Across the Adult Lifespan. Journal of Personality. Preprint available at https://osf.io/h7apv/

Schwaba, T., Luhmann, M., Denissen, J. J. A., Chung, J. M., & Bleidorn, W. (2017). Openness to Experience and Culture-Openness Transactions Across the Lifespan. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Preprint available at https://osf.io/t3yjn/

Bleidorn, W., Buyukcan-Tetik, A., Schwaba, T., Van Scheppingen, M. A., Denissen, J. J., & Finkenauer, C. (2016). Stability and change in self-esteem during the transition to parenthood. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7(6), 560-569.

Bleidorn, W., & Schwaba, T. (2017). Personality Development in Emerging Adulthood. In J. Specht (ed.) Personality Development Across the Lifespan. Amsterdam, Elsevier.

With the Inclusive Technology Lab at Northwestern University:

Brewer, R., Garcia, R. C., Schwaba, T., Gergle, D., & Piper, A. M. (2016). Exploring traditional phones as an e-mail interface for older adults. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS), 8(2), 6.

Hope, A., Schwaba, T., & Piper, A. M. (2014, April). Understanding digital and material social communications for older adults. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 3903-3912). ACM. available at http://inclusive.northwestern.edu/hope-chi2014.pdf