James W. Pennebaker
Background Information

Complete Curriculum Vitae

Brief Bio:
James W. Pennebaker is the Regents Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts and the Departmental Chair in the Psychology Department at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Ph.D. in 1977. He has been on the faculty at the University of Virginia, Southern Methodist University, and, since 1997, The University of Texas. He and his students are exploring the links between traumatic experiences, expressive writing, natural language use, and physical and mental health. His studies find that physical health and work performance can improve by simple writing and/or talking exercises. His most recent research focuses on the nature of language and emotion in the real world. The words people use serve as powerful reflections of their personality and social worlds. Author or editor of 9 books and over 250 articles, Pennebaker has received numerous awards and honors.

Personal Information
Born: March 2, 1950, Midland, Texas
Married to Ruth Burney Pennebaker (www.RuthPennebaker.com)
Children: Teal Pennebaker and Nick Pennebaker

Education
B.A. Eckerd College, 1972 with honors
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 1977

Positions

 

1977-1983

Assistant Professor of Psychology

1983-1997

Associate and Full Professor, Southern Methodist University

 

Chair of Psychology Department, 1995-1997

1997-present

Professor, University of Texas at Austin

2005-2009

Bush Regents Professor of Liberal Arts

2005-

International Research Professor, University of Central Lancashire, UK

2005-

Chair of Psychology Department, University of Texas at Austin

2009-

Regents Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts

 

Honors

 

1989

Hilgard Visiting Professor, Stanford University

1993

Honorary Doctorate Degree, University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

1995

Pavlov Award, The Pavlov Society

2000

President's Associates University Teaching Award, University of Texas

2002

Freshman Honor Societies Teaching Award, University of Texas

2002

Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology (APA Division 38)

2004

Hero of Midland, Texas Award, Midland Independent School District

2006-present

ISI HighlyCited.com selection for being among the most cited researchers in Psychology/Psychiatry

2007

Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship Award

2008

Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship

2010

Academy of Distinguished Teachers

 

Grants

 

1980-1981

NSF grant, Psychological impact of Mt. St. Helens Volcano, with Darren Newtson, $10,000

1984-1987

NIH grant, Perception of physical symptoms and blood pressure, $183,415, PI

1987-1989

NSF grant, Inhibition, disclosing, and health, $89,717, PI

1989-1991

NSF grant, The psychological consequences of the 1989 California earthquake, $14,919, PI

1991-1994

NSF Grant, Cognition, disclosure and health, $149,000, PI

1994-1997

NSF Grant, Disclosure, language, and health, $80,000, PI

1996-2000

NIMH Grant, Interpersonal disclosure processes and health, $320,000, PI

2000-2006

NIMH Grant, Interpersonal disclosure processes and health, $1,600,000, PI

2005-2006

DOD Contract, Timing of expressive writing exercises, $28,000, PI

2005-2006

NSF Grant, Language and deception workshop, $59,000, PI

2007-2008

DOD and CIFA contract, Viewing text through English and Arabic eyes, $300,000, PI

2007-2011

Army Research Institute, Language and social dynamics, $450,000, PI

2009-2011

DHS contract.  The language of extremist leaders, $600,000. PI

2010-2011

DOD and DIA contract.  The language of secrets in electronic communication, $300,000. PI

2010-2013

NSF grant and subcontract.  Social and language cues in threatening behavior, $500,000. Co-PI