Peter Harms

Assistant Professor


Phone: 205-348-2769
Email: pharms@culverhouse.ua.edu
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Focus and Current Research

  • Personality
  • Leadership
  • Well-being



PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2008

Honors Achievements & Affiliations

Dr. Harms received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Alabama. His research focuses on the assessment and development of personality, leadership, and psychological well-being. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles in such outlets as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Review, Leadership Quarterly, Human Resource Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. This work has also been featured in popular media outlets such as CNN, Scientific American, Forbes, and the BBC. Dr. Harms has been invited to speak to audiences around the world and was selected by the St. Gallen symposium as one of the "100 Knowledge Leaders of Tomorrow" in 2011. He is currently engaged in research partnerships with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Selected Publications

Vanhove, A. & Harms, P.D. (2015). Reconciling the two disciplines of organizational science: A comparison of findings from lab and field research. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 64, 637-673. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apps.12046

Wang, G., Harms, P.D. & Mackey, J. (2015). Does it take two to tangle? Subordinates' perceptions of and differential reactions to abusive supervision. Journal of Business Ethics, 131, 487-503. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-014-2292-7

Credé, M. & Harms, P.D. (2015). 25 Years of higher-order confirmatory factor analysis in the organizational sciences: A critical review and development of reporting recommendations. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 36, 845-872. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/job.2008

DeSimone, J. A., Harms, P. D., & DeSimone, A. (2015). Best practice recommendations for data screening. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 36, 171-181. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/job.1962

Grijalva, E., Harms, P.D., Newman, D., Gaddis, B. & Fraley, R.C. (2015). Narcissism and leadership: A meta-analytic review of linear and nonlinear relationships. Personnel Psychology, 68, 1-47. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/peps.12072

Grijalva, E., Newman, D., Tay, L., Donnellan, M.B., Harms, P.D., Robins, R., Yan T. (2015). Gender differences in narcissism: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 141, 261-301. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038231

Harms, P.D. & Spain, S.M. (2015). Beyond the bright side: Dark personality at work. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 64, 15-24. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apps.12042

Wood, D., Gardner, M.H., & Harms, P.D. (2015). How functionalist and process approaches to behavior can explain trait covariation. Psychological Review, 122, 84-111. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038423

Grijalva, E. & Harms, P.D. (2014). Narcissism: An integrative synthesis and dominance complementarity model. Academy of Management Perspectives, 28, 108-127. http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amp.2012.0048

Spain, S.M., Harms, P.D. & LeBreton, J. (2014). The dark side of personality at work. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 35, 41-60. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/job.1894

Harms, P.D., Krasikova, D., Vanhove, A., Herian, M., & Lester, P. (2013). Stress and emotional well-being in military organizations. Research in Occupational Stress and Well-being, 11, 103-132. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S1479-3555(2013)0000011008

Paulhus, D., Westlake, B., Calvez, S., & Harms, P.D. (2013). Self-presentation style in job interviews: The role of personality and culture. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, 2042-2059. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12157

Credé, M., Harms, P.D., Niehorster, S., & Gaye-Valentine, A. (2012). An evaluation of the consequences of using short measures of the Big Five personality traits. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 874-888. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0027403

Harms, P.D. (2011). Adult attachment styles in the workplace. Human Resource Management Review, 21, 285-296. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hrmr.2010.10.006

Harms, P.D., Spain, S., & Hannah, S. (2011). Leader development and the dark side of personality. The Leadership Quarterly, 22, 495-509. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.2011.04.007

Wood, D., Harms, P.D., & Vazire, S. (2010). Perceiver effects as projective tests: What your general perceptions of others says about you. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 174-190. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0019390

Harms, P.D. & Credé, M. (2010). Emotional intelligence and transformational and transactional leadership: A meta-analysis. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 17, 5-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1548051809350894

Roberts, B.W., Harms, P.D., Caspi, A., & Moffitt, T. (2007). Predicting the counterproductive employee in a child-to-adult prospective study. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92, 1427-1436. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0021-9010.92.5.1427

Harms, P. D., Roberts, B. W, & Winter, D. (2006). Becoming the Harvard man: Person-environment fit, personality development, and academic success. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 851-865. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0146167206287720