Tim Bogg - Assistant Professor

 Research Interests

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.”

-Mark Twain

Twain’s advice rings true, but it also assumes everyone is like him—struggling, or failing, to make healthier or safer choices. Of course, not everyone struggles with doing what they shouldn’t. My lab takes a multidisciplinary approach to examining how people differ in their engagement in health-promoting and health-degrading behaviors and their experience of health-related outcomes via two broad aims: 1) investigating the compelling story of personality differences in the expression of health-related behaviors and outcomes (e.g., excessive alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, poor diet, distracted mobile phone use); and 2) developing and testing models of health-related behavioral interventions that are informed by personality frameworks.

Current/Recent Projects

  • We are conducting a randomized trial of a personality-informed psycho-educational training intervention for exercise initiation and maintenance.
  • We are using data from national studies to investigate relationships between personality traits and various health-related biomarkers (e.g., diurnal cortisol) and behaviors (e.g., health-related Internet searches).
  • We are investigating personality trait, attitudinal, and attentional factors related to distracted mobile phone use in everyday life.
  • We conducted a randomized trial of a personality-informed motivational interviewing module for alcohol-related harm reduction among at-risk college drinkers.
  • We conducted a longitudinal study of the relations among disinhibited personality traits, normative social investment, cognitive capacity, and excessive alcohol consumption among college students.

Additional areas of interest and select publications are listed below.

Please contact me for a complete list of publications and activities (i.e., CV). You may also visit my Google Scholar or Loop profile pages.

Representative Publications

Conscientiousness and health

Bogg, T., & Slatcher, R. B. (2015). Activity mediates conscientiousness' relationship to diurnal cortisol slope in a national sample. Health Psychology.

Bogg, T., & Vo, P. T. (2014). Openness, neuroticism, conscientiousness, and family health and aging concerns interact in the prediction of health-related Internet searches in a representative U.S. sample. Frontiers in Psychology, 5: 370.

Bogg, T., & Roberts, B. W. (2013). The case for conscientiousness: Evidence and implications for a personality trait marker of health and longevity. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45, 278-288.

Bogg, T., & Roberts, B. W. (2004). Conscientiousness and health-related behaviors: A meta-analysis of the leading behavioral contributors to mortality. Psychological Bulletin, 130, 887-919.

Social investment and alcohol consumption; and decisions to drink

Bogg, T., Lasecki, L., & Vo, P. T. (2016). School investment, drinking motives, and high-risk high-reward partying decisions mediate the relationship between trait self-control and alcohol consumption among college drinkers. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Bogg, T., Finn, P. R., & Monsey, K. E. (2012). A year in the college life: Evidence for the social investment hypothesis via trait self-control and alcohol consumption. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 694-699.

Bogg, T., & Finn, P. R. (2009). An ecologically-based model of alcohol consumption decision-making: Evidence for the discriminative and predictive role of contextual reward and punishment information. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70, 446-457.

Personality models of diet and exercise

Vo, P. T., & Bogg, T. (2015). Testing Theory of Planned Behavior and Neo-Socioanalytic Theory models of trait activity, industriousness, exercise social cognitions, exercise intentions, and physical activity in a representative U.S. sample. Frontiers in Psychology, 6: 1114.

Bogg, T. (2008). Conscientiousness, the Transtheoretical Model of Change, and exercise: A Neo-Socioanalytic integration of trait and social cognitive frameworks in the prediction of behavior. Journal of Personality, 76, 775-801.

Bogg, T., Voss, M., Wood, D., & Roberts, B. W. (2008). A hierarchical investigation of personality and behavior: Examining Neo-Socioanalytic models of health-related outcomes. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 183-2007.

Behavioral disinhibition, cognitive control, and cognitive capacity

Bogg, T., & Lasecki, L. (2015). Reliable gains? Evidence for substantially underpowered designs in studies of working memory training transfer to fluid intelligence. Frontiers in Psychology, 5: 1589.

Bogg, T., Fukunaga, R., Finn, P. R., & Brown, J. W. (2012). Cognitive control links alcohol use, trait disinhibition, and reduced cognitive capacity: Evidence for medial prefrontal cortex dysregulation during reward-seeking behavior. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 122, 112-118.

Bogg, T., & Finn, P. R. (2010). A self-regulatory model of behavioral disinhibition in late adolescence: Integrating personality traits, externalizing psychopathology, and cognitive capacity. Journal of Personality, 78, 441-470.


Detroit Area Young Adult Development Studies (DAYADS)
Wayne State University
NIH/NIAAA R00: Funded 8/1/2011-7/31/2014, Total costs: $700,698
PI: Tim Bogg


B.S., Journalism, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1999
Ph.D., Personality psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2006
Research fellow, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Clinical Science Division, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2006-2011


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