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I am a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychology. 


I direct the Personality, Mental Health, and AI research laboratory, teach graduate and undergraduate courses in psychology, and provide empirically supported psychotherapy. 


Before my career as a psychologist, I was a DJ for six years. 

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My Education

Ph.D. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Clinical Psychology

Clinical Internship: University of Kentucky Internship Consortium


M.S. Villanova University, Villanova, PA

General Experimental Psychology


B.A. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Music Business

Recent Publications

* = student mentee

Oltmanns, J. R., Schwartz, H. A., Ruggero, C., Son., Y., Vu, H., Gill, G., Miao, J., Waszczuk, M., Clouston, S. A. P., Bromet, E. J., Luft, B. J., & Kotov, R. (pre-print). Incremental validity of language-based personality assessments in World Trade Center responders.

* Mays, A., * Mills, C., & Oltmanns, J. R. (in press). Two-year retest reliability and predictive validity of the Self- and Informant-Personality Inventory for ICD-11 in older adults. Psychological Assessment.


Oltmanns, J. R., Ruggero, C., Miao, J., Waszczuk, M., Yang, Y., Clouston, S. A. P., Bromet, E. J., Luft, B. J., & Kotov, R. (2023). The role of personality in the mental and physical health of World Trade Center responders: Self- versus informant-reports. Clinical Psychological Science, 11, 1075-1089. 


Slavish, D. C., Ruggero, C. R., Briggs, M., Messman, B. A., Contractor, A. A., Miao, J., Oltmanns, J. R., Waszczuk, M., Luft, B. J., & Kotov, R. (2023). Longitudinal associations between PTSD and sleep disturbances among World Trade Center responders. Sleep Medicine, 101, 269-277.


Oltmanns, J. R., Schwartz, H. A., Ruggero, C., Son., Y., Miao, J., Waszczuk, M., Clouston, S. A. P., Bromet, E. J., Luft, B. J., & Kotov, R. (2021). Artificial intelligence language predictors of two-year trauma-related outcomes. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 143, 239-245.


Oltmanns, J. R., & Widiger, T. A. (2021). Five-factor model personality disorder traits, health behaviors, health perceptions, and insomnia symptoms in older adults. Journal of Personality Disorders, 35, 801-818.


Oltmanns, J. R., & Widiger, T. A. (2021). The self- and informant-report personality inventories for ICD-11: Agreement, structure, and relations with health, social, and satisfaction variables in older adults. Psychological Assessment, 33, 300-310. 


Gutierrez, F., Aluja, A., Ruiz-Rodriguez, J., Garcia, L. F., Garriz, M., Gutierrez-Zotes, J. A., Gallardo-Pujol, D., Navarro-Haro, M. V., Alabernia-Segura, M., Mestre-Pinto, J. I., Torrens, M., Peri, J. M., Sureda, B., Soler, J., Pascual, J. C., Vall, G., Calvo, N., Ferrer, M., Oltmanns, J. R., & Widiger, T. A. (2021). Personality disorders in the ICD-11: Spanish validation of the PiCD and the SASPD in a mixed community and clinical sample. Assessment, 28, 759-772.


McCabe, G., Oltmanns, J. R., & Widiger, T. A. (2021). Criterion A scales: Convergent, discriminant, and structural relationships. Assessment, 28, 813-828.


Widiger, T. A., & Oltmanns, J. R. (2021). Personality and personality disorders. In O. P. John & R. W. Robins (Eds.), Handbook of personality: Theory and research, 4th ed. (pp. 755-772). The Guilford Press.

Oltmanns, J. R., & Oltmanns, T. F. (2021). Self–other agreement on ratings of personality disorder symptoms and traits: Three meta-analyses. In T. D. Letzring and J. S. Spain (Eds.), The handbook of accurate personality judgment: Theory and empirical findings (276-293). Oxford University Press.


Oltmanns, J. R. (2021). Personality Traits in the International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision (ICD-11). Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 34, 48-53.

Awards and Honors

2021                NARSAD Young Investigator Award, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

2021                Emerging Scholar Award, Association for Research in Personality

2020                Michael T. Nietzel Award for Outstanding Graduate Student,

                        Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky

2017                Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institute on Aging

2017                Poster Award, International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders

2016                Outstanding Pre-Doctoral Research Award, Department of Psychology,

                        University of Kentucky

Courses Taught

Graduate: Personality Assessment, Research Design and Analysis

Undergraduate: Psychopathology, Psychological Disorders

Research Grants

NARSAD Young Investigator Award            01/2022 — 01/2024

Brain and Behavior Research Foundation                                              

"Detecting PTSD in Natural Language"

Role: Principal Investigator

This project will develop AI-based language scores for PTSD in 3,000 World Trade Center (WTC) responders. These tools may facilitate screening and care by providing behavioral PTSD markers and informing prognosis and monitoring of treatment response, while simultaneously reducing assessment time demands.  


F31 AG055233                                               05/2017—05/2020

National Institute on Aging 

"A Longitudinal Investigation of Maladaptive Personality Traits as Reported by the Self and Others in the Prediction of Physical Health"

Role: Principal Investigator

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship

This study examines the predictive utility of maladaptive personality traits for physical health in a longitudinal study of a representative sample of older adults. The goal is to develop scientific understanding of the relationships between maladaptive personality traits and health across time.


To get in touch about research or therapy services

(513) 400-5530

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