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Costa, Paul T., Jr., Ph.D.

Joint Appointment in Mental Health - Bloomberg School of Public Health

Main Office Address

Laboratory of Personality and Cognition
Intramural Research Program, NIA, NIH
Triad Building, Suite 4700
333 Cassell DriveBaltimore, MD  21224

Phone: 410-558-8220 
Fax: 410-558-8316

E-mail: Costap@mail.NIH.GOV

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Patricia Coffman
Phone 410-558-8217





Clark University



University of Chicago

Professional Interests

  • Personality Assessment
  • Longitudinal analyses of stability and change in psychological and behavioral functioning

Selected Publications

Costa, P. T., Jr., & McCrae, R. R. (1992). Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R) and NEO Five-Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI) professional manual. Odessa, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources.

Costa, P. T., Jr., Terracciano, A., & McCrae, R. R. (2001). Gender differences in personality traits across cultures: Robust and surprising findings. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 322-331.

McCrae, R. R., & Costa, P. T., Jr. (2003). Personality in adulthood (2nd ed.): A Five-Factor Theory perspective. New York: Guilford

Costa, P. T., Jr., Patriciu, N. S., & McCrae, R. R. (2005). Lessons from longitudinal studies for new approaches to the DSM-V: The FFM and FFT. Journal of Personality Disorders, 19, 533-539.

Costa, P. T., Jr., Bagby, R. M., Herbst, J. H., & McCrae, R. R. (2005). Personality self-reports are concurrently reliable and valid during acute depressive episodes. Journal of Affective Disorders, 89, 45-55.