Tim Bogg

Tim Bogg

Tim Bogg

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • I am accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    “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.


  • We are using data from national studies to investigate 1) relationships and pathways between personality traits and various markers of health-related quality of life and 2) characterize individual differences in resting state functional connectivity (RSFC) using measures of traits, coping, and cognitive ability.
  • We investigated personality trait, attitudinal, and attentional factors related to distracted mobile phone use in everyday life.
  • We conducted a randomized trial of a personality-informed psycho-educational training intervention for exercise initiation and maintenance.
  • 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.



  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2006
  • B.S., Journalism, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1999

Awards and grants

  • Stress reactivity and recovery among African-American cancer caregivers
    Betty J. Neitzel Psychology Faculty Research Grant
    Wayne State University Department of Psychology: 5/1/20-4/30/21; Total costs: $12,000
    Role: PI

    PIPELine (Personality-Informed Prehabilitation in End-Stage LIver Disease);
    Northwestern University Medical School: Funded 8/1/18-7/31/19; Total costs: $25,000
    Role: Co-Investigator

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

Selected publications

Conscientiousness and health

Milad, E., & Bogg, T. (2020). Personality traits, coping, health-related behaviors, and cumulative physiological health in a national sample: 10 Year Prospective effects of conscientiousness via perceptions of activity on allostatic load. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

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

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.

Personality and diet and exercise

Bogg, T. (2016). Self-control, dietary quality, and new frontiers in the study of traits and wellness: A commentary on Keller, Hartmann, and Siegrist. Psychology & Health, 31, 1328-1331.

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.

Trait self-control, subjective social investment, decisions to drink, and alcohol consumption

Bogg, T., Marshbanks, M., Doherty, H., & Vo, P. T. (2019). Testing a brief motivational-interviewing educational commitment module for at-risk college drinkers: A randomized trial. Addictive Behaviors, 90, 151-157.

Finn, P. R., Gerst, K., Lake, A., & Bogg, T. (2017). Decisions to attend and drink at party events: The effects of incentives and disincentives and lifetime alcohol and antisocial problems. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 41, 1622-1629

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, 77, 133-142

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. (2011). Investigating drinking via the social investment hypothesis: Committed relationship status moderates the association between educational investment and excessive alcohol consumption among college students. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 1104-1109.

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 and electronically-mediated information-seeking and social behaviors

Briskin, J. L., Bogg, T., & Haddad, J. (2018). Lower trait stability, stronger normative beliefs, habitual phone use, and unimpeded phone access predict distracted college student messaging in social, academic, and driving contexts. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2633.

Bogg, T. (2017). Social media membership, browsing, and profile updating in a representative U.S. sample: Independent and interdependent effects of Big Five traits and aging and social factors. Frontiers in Psychology; 8, 1122.

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.

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., & Roberts, B. W. (2013). Duel or diversion? Conscientiousness and executive functioning in the prediction of health and longevity. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45, 400-401.

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.

Endres, M. J., Rickert, M. E., Bogg, T., Lucas, J., & Finn, P. R. (2011). Externalizing psychopathology and behavioral disinhibition: Working memory mediates signal discriminability and reinforcement moderates response bias in approach-avoidance learning. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 336-351.

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.

Courses taught

Winter 2020

PSY 2020, Research Methods in Psychology, 4 credits

PSY 2410, Health Psychology, 4 credits

Fall 2019

PSY 2410, Health Psychology, 4 credits (2 sections)

Winter 2019

PSY 2410, Health Psychology, 4 credits

PSY 7050, Graduate Seminar in Personality

Winter 2018

PSY 2410, Health Psychology, 4 credits

PSY 3020, Research Methods in Psychology, 4 credits