Timothy Trull


106C McAlester
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Lab: Personality and Emotion Laboratory

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of diagnosis and classification of mental disorders, personality disorders (particularly borderline personality disorder), substance use disorders, psychometrics and clinical assessment, the relationship between personality and psychopathology, professional issues in clinical psychology, affective instability, and ambulatory assessment methods.

Selected Publications

Trull, T. J., & Durrett, C. (2005). Categorical and dimensional models of personality disorders. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 1, 355-380.

Trull, T. J., Solhan, M. B., Tragesser, S. L., Jahng, S., Wood, P. K., Piasecki, T. M., & Watson, D. (2008). Affective instability: Measuring a core feature of borderline personality disorder with ecological momentary assessment. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 117, 647-661.

Jahng, S., Wood, P.K., & Trull, T.J. (2008). Analysis of affective instability in EMA: Indices using successive difference and group comparison via multilevel modeling. Psychological Methods, 13, 345-375.

Distel, M. A., Hottenga, J. J., Trull, T. J., & Boomsma, D. I. (2008). Chromosome 9: Linkage for borderline personality disorder features. Psychiatric Genetics, 18, 302-307.

Ebner-Priemer, U. W., Eid, M., Stabenow, S., Kleindienst N., & Trull, T. (2009). Analytic strategies for understanding affective (in)stability and other dynamic processes in psychopathology. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118, 195-202.

Distel, M. A., Rebollo-Mesa, I., Willemsen, G., Derom, C. A., Trull, T. J., & Boomsma, D. I. (2009). Familial resemblance of borderline personality disorder features: Genetic or cultural transmission? PloS ONE, 4 (4), 1-8.

Solhan, M. B., Trull, T. J., Jahng, S., & Wood, P.K. (2009). Clinical assessment of affective instability: Comparing EMA indices, questionnaire reports, and retrospective recall. Psychological Assessment, 21, 425-436.

Distel, M. A., Trull, T. J., Vink, J. M., Willemsen, G., Derom, C. A., Lynskey, M., Martin, N. G., & Boomsma, D. I. (2009). The five factor model of personality and borderline personality disorder: A genetic analysis of comorbidity. Biological Psychiatry, 66, 1131-1138.

Ebner-Priemer, U. W., & Trull, T. (2009). Ecological momentary assessment of mood disorders and mood dysregulation. Psychological Assessment, 21, 463-475.

Trull, T. J., & Ebner-Priemer, U. W. (2009). Using Experience Sampling Methods/Ecological Momentary Assessment (ESM/EMA) in Clinical Assessment and Clinical Research: Introduction to the Special Section. Psychological Assessment, 21, 457-462.

Distel, M. A., Willemsen, G., Ligthart, L., Derom, C., Martin, N. G., Neale, M. C., Trull, T. J., & Boomsma, D. I. (2010). Genetic covariance structure of the four main features of borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 24, 427-444.

Trull, T.J., Jahng, S., Tomko, R. L., Wood, P. K., & Sher, K. J. (2010). Revised NESARC Personality Disorder Diagnoses: Gender, Prevalence, and Comorbidity with Substance Dependence Disorders. Journal of Personality Disorders, 24, 412-426.

Verges, A., Steinley, D., Trull, T. J., & Sher, K. J. (2010). It’s the Algorithm! Why Differential Rates of Chronicity and Comorbidity are Not Evidence for the Validity of the Abuse-Dependence Distinction. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119, 650-661.

Trull, T. J., Tomko, R. L., Brown, W. C., & Scheiderer, E. M. (2010). Borderline personality disorder in 3-D: Dimensions, symptoms, and measurement challenges. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 11, 1057-1069.

Trull, T. J., Distel, M. A., & Carpenter, R. W. (2010). DSM-V Borderline Personality Disorder at the Border Between a Dimensional and a Categorical View. Current Psychiatry Reports, 13, 43-49.

Distel, M. A., Middledorp, C. M., Trull, T. J., Derom, C. A., Willemsen, G., & Boomsma, D. I. (2011). Life events and borderline personality features: The influence of gene-environment interaction and gene-environment correlation. Psychological Medicine, 41, 849-860.

Jahng, S., Trull, T. J., Wood, P. K., Tragesser, S. L., Tomko, R., Grant, J. D., Bucholz, K. K., & Sher, K. J. (2011). Distinguishing General and Specific Personality Disorder Features and Implications for Substance Dependence Comorbidity. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 656-669.

Jahng, S., Solhan, M. B., Tomko, R., Wood, P. K., Piasecki, T. A., & Trull, T. J. (2011). Affect and alcohol use: An EMA study of Outpatients with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 572-584.

Talley, A. E., Tomko, R. L., Littlefield, A. K., Trull, T. J., & Sher, K. J. (in press). The role of general identity disturbance in reports of lifetime substance use disorders among sexual minority adults with a history of substance use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Tomko, R. L., Trull, T. J., Wood, P. K., & Sher, K. J. (in press). Characteristics of borderline personality disorder in a community sample: Comorbidity, treatment utilization, and general functioning. Journal of Personality Disorders.

Trull, T. J. (in press). The Five Factor Model of Personality Disorder and DSM-5. Journal of Personality.

Stepp, S.D., Yu, L., Miller, J.D., Hallquist, M.N., Trull, T.J., & Pilkonis, P.A. (2012). Integrating competing dimensional models of personality disorder: Linking the SNAP, TCI, and NEO. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 3, 107-126.

Tomko, R. L., Brown, W. C., Tragesser, S. L., Wood, P. K., Mehl, M. R., & Trull, T. J. (in press). Social Context of Anger in Borderline Personality Disorder and Depressive Disorders: Findings from a Naturalistic Observation Study. Journal of Personality Disorders.

Verges, A. Jackson, K. M., Bucholz, K. K., Trull, T. J., Wood, P. K., & Sher, K. J. (in press). Deconstructing the age-prevalence curve of alcohol use disorders: Why “maturing out is only a small piece of the puzzle. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Distel, M. A., Roeling, M. P., Tielbeek, J., van Toor, D., Derom, C. A., Trull, T. J., & Boomsma, D. I. (in press). The covariation of trait anger and borderline personality: A bivariate twin-siblings study. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Distel, M. A., Trull, T. J., de Moor, M., M., H., Vink, J. M., Geels, L. M., van Beek, J., H., D., A., Bartels, M., Willemsen, G., Neale, M. C., & Boomsma, D. I. (in press). Borderline personality traits and substance use: Genetic factors underlie the association with marijuana initiation and smoking, but not with alcohol use. Journal of Personality Disorders.

Grant, J. D., Vergés, A., Jackson, K. M., Trull, T. J., Sher, K. J., & Bucholz, K. K. (in press). Ethnic differences in the onset, persistence and recurrence of alcohol use disorder in a developmental framework. Addiction.

Trull, T. J., Vergés, A., Wood, P. K., Jahng, S., & Sher, K. J. (in press). The Structure of DSM-IV-TR Personality Disorder Symptoms in a Large National Sample. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.