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Susan Trumbetta Professor and Chair of Psychological Science

Trumbetta’s current research explores adolescent personality and clinical indicators as predictors of important life outcomes through later adulthood. She has conducted twin studies of consistency and change in marriage propensity across the lifespan, focusing on marriage and divorce as heritable phenotypes, on possible endophenotypes for marital status, and on genetic and environmental relationships between marital history and mental and physical health.  Trumbetta also has collaborated on studies of schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, and HIV risk among individuals with severe mental illness.

  • BA, Mount Holyoke College; M.Div., Yale University; PhD, University of Virginia
  • At Vassar since 1999

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Research and Academic Interests

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Differential Psychology
  • Behavior Genetics
  • Forensic Psychology

Susan Trumbetta earned her BA from Mount Holyoke College, her MDiv from Yale University, and her PhD from the University of Virginia. She completed her clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral work at Dartmouth Medical School. Her research areas include clinical psychology and psychopathology, differential psychology, and lifespan development.

Trumbetta’s current research explores adolescent personality and psychopathology indicators as predictors of important life outcomes through later adulthood. She has conducted twin studies of consistency and change in marriage propensity across the lifespan, focusing on marriage and divorce as heritable phenotypes, on possible endophenotypes for marital status, and on genetic and environmental relationships between marital history and mental and physical health. Trumbetta trained in forensic psychology through UVA’s Institute for Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy (ILPPP) and collaborated with the ILPPP and FBI investigators on geographic and psychological profiling studies funded by the National Institute of Justice. Trumbetta also has collaborated on studies of schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, and HIV risk among individuals with severe mental illness.