Faculty Bio

Susan Trumbetta

Professor of Psychology and Chair of Psychology

Susan Trumbetta earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, her M. Div. from Yale University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. She completed her clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral work at Dartmouth Medical School. Her research interests include differential psychology, psychopathology, and lifespan development.

Trumbetta’s current research in differential psychology explores adolescent personality as a predictor of important life outcomes through later adulthood. She has applied genetically informative models to studies of consistency and change in marriage propensity across the lifespan, focusing on marriage and divorce as heritable phenotypes, on possible endophenotypes for marital status, and on genetic and environmental relationships between marital history and mental and physical health. Trumbetta trained in forensic psychology through UVA's Institute for Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy (ILPPP) and collaborated with the ILPPP and FBI investigators on geographic and psychological profiling studies funded by the National Institute of Justice. Trumbetta also has collaborated on studies of post traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, and HIV risk among individuals with severe mental illness.