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Psychological Sciences at MU
Tim Trull

Tim Trull, Preceptor

Curators' Professor
106C McAlester
Personality and Emotion Laboratory

Research area(s):

My research interests are in the areas of diagnosis and classification of mental disorders, personality disorders (particularly borderline personality disorder), substance use disorders, psychometrics and clinical assessment, the relationship between personality and psychopathology, professional issues in clinical psychology, affective instability, and ambulatory assessment methods.


Jahng, S., Trull, T. J., Wood, P. K., Tragesser, S. L., Tomko, R., Grant, J. D., Bucholz, K. K., & Sher, K. J. (2011). Distinguishing General and Specific Personality Disorder Features and Implications for Substance Dependence Comorbidity. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 656-669.

Jahng, S., Solhan, M. B., Tomko, R., Wood, P. K., Piasecki, T. A., & Trull, T. J. (2011). Affect and alcohol use: An EMA study of Outpatients with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 572-584.

Vergés, A. Jackson, K. M., Bucholz, K. K., Trull, T. J., Wood, P. K., & Sher, K. J. (2012). Deconstructing the age-prevalence curve of alcohol use disorders: Why “maturing out is only a small piece of the puzzle. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 511-523.

Distel, M. A., Roeling, M. P., Tielbeek, J., van Toor, D., Derom, C. A., Trull, T. J., & Boomsma, D. I. (2012). The covariation of trait anger and borderline personality: A bivariate twin-siblings study. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 458-466.

Distel, M. A., Trull, T. J., de Moor, M., M., H., Vink, J. M., Geels, L. M., van Beek, J., H., D., A., Bartels, M., Willemsen, G., Neale, M. C., & Boomsma, D. I. (2012). Borderline personality traits and substance use: Genetic factors underlie the association with marijuana initiation and smoking, but not with alcohol use. Journal of Personality Disorders, 26, 867-879.

Trull, T. J., & Ebner-Priemer, U. W. (2013). Ambulatory assessment. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 9, 151-176.

Trull, T. J., Vergés, A., Wood, P. K., & Sher, K. J. (2013). The Structure of DSM-IV-TR Personality Disorder Diagnoses in NESARC: A Reanalysis. Journal of Personality Disorders, 27, 727-734.

Vergés, A., Haeny, A. M., Jackson, K. M., Bucholz, K. K., Grant, J. D., Trull, T. J., Wood, P. K., & Sher, K. J. (2013). Refining the notion of maturing out: Results from NESARC. American Journal of Public Health, 103, e67–e73. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301358).

Trull, T. J., & Widiger, T. A. (2013). Dimensional models of personality: The five-factor model and the DSM-5. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 15(2), 135-146.

Santangelo, P., Prill, T., Reinhard, I., Mussgay, L., Steil, R., Sawitzki, G., Klein, C., Trull, T. J., Bohus, M., & Ebner-Priemer, U. W. (2014). Specificity of affective instability in patients with Borderline Personality Disorder compared to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, and Healthy Controls. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 123, 258-272.

2009 Curators of the University of Missouri. DMCA and other copyright information. An equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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