About Me!

A quick introduction...

My name seems to be plastered everywhere on this website, but in case it's helpful to see again, I'm Amanda (or a bit more commonly known as Aj)  :-)

Currently, I'm a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zürich working in the Individual Differences & Assessment Lab led by Wiebke Bleidorn. 

I received my Ph.D. in Psychological & Brain Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis in 2023. During graduate school, I worked with Joshua Jackson (10/10 recommend, and I'm not just saying that because he got me a PhD sword (see 2nd pic), but it was a perk). 

Also during graduate school, I learned energy drinks are the best thing for my research (see 3rd pic, they also gave me a bit of life). 

My main research interests are personality change, prediction, and development; individual differences in these topics; and how best to model data to answer these questions.

You can find an outline of my education, publications, presentations, and teaching experience below.

For those who are feeling particularly adventurous, more details can be found in my CV.


Academic Positions

University of Zürich (Switzerland), August 2023 – present

Postdoctoral Researcher


Washington University in St. Louis, 2019-2023

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Washington University in St. Louis, 2019-2021

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Baylor University, 2015-2019


Peer-reviewed publication link: https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12802 

Preprint link: https://psyarxiv.com/v2dwz


Peer-reviewed publication link: https://doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000472

Preprint link: https://psyarxiv.com/45yj7/


Peer-reviewed publication link: https://doi.org/10.1177/08902070221090107

Preprint link: https://psyarxiv.com/gpsj4/ 


Peer-reviewed publication link: https://doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000429

Preprint link: https://psyarxiv.com/8vt3j/ 


Peer-reviewed publication link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2023.104350

Preprint link: https://psyarxiv.com/jk6ta/ 


Peer-reviewed publication link: https://doi.org/10.1002/icd.2395

Preprint link: https://psyarxiv.com/ahmzw 


Peer-reviewed publication link: https://doi.org/10.1145/3544548.3581218

Preprint link: https://arxiv.org/abs/2302.00707 


Peer-reviewed publication link: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40479-022-00198-6


Peer-reviewed publication link: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-14666-0

Preprint link: https://psyarxiv.com/48xjr/ 


Peer-reviewed publication link: https://doi.org/10.1037/hea0001162

Preprint link: https://psyarxiv.com/2hgps/ 


Manuscripts under Review

Preprint link: https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/zsq2d

Preprint link: https://psyarxiv.com/68hpb

Preprint link: https://psyarxiv.com/jvm54 

Invited Talks

European Conference on Personality, August 2024

University of California, Davis, February 2023

Personality Science Preconference, SPSP, February 2023

Conference Presentations

Teaching Experience

Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Teaching Assistant (TA) / Assistant in Instruction (AI)