Faculty Experts - John E. Kurtz, Ph.D.

John E. Kurtz, Ph.D.

John E. Kurtz, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Psychological Testing and Assessment
  • Personality Development
  • Clinical Neuropsychology


Dr. Kurtz is the expert to turn to when looking for a story source on personality differences. A licensed psychologist, he is trained in psychological testing and assessment and clinical neuropsychology. Dr. Kurtz can discuss personality traits, personality development and how personality affects relationships. His findings on the effects of personality and psychological maturity on college students' relationships and mental health is an area of specialty.


  • Post-doctoral Fellowship Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Wayne State University Fellowship School of Medicine
  • Internship  Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
  • M.A. Vanderbilt University
  • B.A. University of California, Berkeley

Selected Publications

  • Kurtz, J.E., & Schemp, R.E., Book chapter: "Three Concepts of Psychological Maturity and Their Implications for College Student Mental Health" in F. Columbus (Ed.), College Students Stress, Depression, and Mental Halth, Hauppage, NY: Nova Science, 2009.
  • Daugherty, J.R., Jurtz, J.E., & Phebus, J.B., "Are implicit motives visible to well- acquainted others?" Journal of Personality Assessment, 2009
  • Ring-Kurtz, S., Connolly Gibbons, M.B., Kurtz, J.E., Gallop, R., Present, J., Crits-Cristoph, P., "Development and initial validation of a multi-domain self-report measure of work functioning," Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 196, 761-767, 2008.
  • Ansell, E.B., Kurtz, J.E., & Markey, P.M., "Gender differences in interpersonal complementarity within roommate dyads," Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 502-512, 2008.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor; Assistant Professor, Villanova University

Selected Research

  • Villanova University Faculty Summer Research Grant, "The stability and structure of normal personality variables measured by informant rating methods," 1997.
  • Villanova University Faculty Summer Research Grant,"The effects of acquaintanceship and trait observability in informant personality assessment: A study of college roommates," 1998.
  • Villanova University Faculty Summer Research Grant, "Self-other agreement for personality ratings by parents versus peers: A test of code switching in trait expression," 2001.

About Villanova

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