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About Jonathan M. Adler

Dr. Adler’s research focuses on the interface between adult development and clinical psychology. Broadly conceived, his research interests revolve around the reciprocal relationships between self and identity processes and psychological functioning. He is especially interested in the most productive ways people make sense of the difficult things that happen to them and how that personal meaning facilitates changes in identity. In other words, he studies the ways in which the process of making sense of negative experiences influences important life outcomes, including mental health, personality maturity, and the process and outcome of psychotherapy treatment. He is currently working on several research projects that all focus on related issues of identity development and mental health. In addition to his research, Dr. Adler is a practicing psychotherapist, having worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stone Center Counseling Service at Wellesley College and completed his APA-Approved Pre-Doctoral Internship at the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Chicago. At Olin he works to make the best of psychological science relevant and exciting for students, both professionally and personally.
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Present Assistant Professor of Psychology, Olin College of Engineering


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Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star in Personality Psychology Award
  • Laura N. Rice Memorial Award


  • Identity from the Mind and the Brain
  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Narrative Psychology

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Contributions to Books (6)