Professor of Management

Frank Schultz Professor

Department of Management

Peter Harms

Research Interests


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Dr. Harms received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008. He is currently the Frank Schultz Professor of Business at the University of Alabama. His research focuses on the assessment and development of personality, leadership, and psychological well-being. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles in such outlets as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Review, The 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 was selected as one of the “100 Knowledge Leaders of Tomorrow” by the St. Gallen Symposium and is a fellow of both the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Association for Psychological Science. In 2021 he received the Midcareer Standout Scholar Award from the Network of Leadership Scholars and the Academy of Management’s Sage Publications/Robert McDonald Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award. He has twice been awarded the Joyce and Robert Hogan Award for Personality and Work Performance Paper of the Year from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and has also been recognized with several best paper awards from individual journals. He has engaged in research partnerships with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and his external research funding has totaled more than $12 million. Dr. Harms also currently serves as an editor at both Research in Occupational Stress and Well-Being and the Journal of Managerial Psychology.

Selected Publications

Credé, M., Harms, P.D., Lester, P.B., & Tynan, M. (2023). Clarifying the role of adverse childhood experiences in the prediction of post-deployment PTSD symptom severity: A meta-analysis and large sample investigation. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 36, 700-711.

Wang, Y-R., Ford, M.T., Credé, M., Harms, P.D., & Lester, P.B. (2023). A meta-analysis on the crossover of workplace traumatic stress symptoms between partners. Journal of Applied Psychology, 108, 1157-1189.

Bachrach, D., Yong, K., Patel, P., & Harms, P.D. (2023). Birds of a Feather?: Firm Sales Growth and Narcissism in the Upper Echelons at the CEO-TMT Interface. The Leadership Quarterly, 34, 101621.

Harms, P.D., Marbut, A., Johnston, A., Lester, P.B., & Fezzey, T. (2022). Exposing the darkness within: A review of dark personality traits, models, and measures and their relationship to insider threats. Journal of Informational Security and Applications, 71, 103378.

Dasborough, M., Ashkanasy, N., Humphrey, R., Harms, P.D., Credé, M., & Wood, D. (2022). Does leadership still need emotional intelligence? Continuing “The Great EI Debate”. The Leadership Quarterly, 33, 101539.

Hogan, R., Kaiser, R., Sherman, R., & Harms, P.D. (2021). Twenty years of the dark side: Lessons about bad leadership. Consulting Psychology Journal, 73, 199-213.

Harms, P.D., Patel, P., & Carnevale, J. (2020). Self-centered and self-employed: Gender and the relationship between narcissism and self-employment. Journal of Business Research, 121, 170-179.

Credé, M., Jong, J., Harms, P.D. (2019). The generalizability of transformational leadership across cultures: A meta-analysis. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 34, 139-155.

Wood, D., Lowman, G., Harms, P.D., & Roberts, B.W. (2019). Exploring the relative importance of normative and distinctive organizational preferences as predictors of work attitudes. Journal of Applied Psychology, 104, 270-292.

Harms, P.D. & Han, G. (2019). Algorithmic leadership: The future is now. Journal of Leadership Studies, 12, 74-75.

Landay, K., Harms, P.D., & Credé, M. (2019). Shall we serve the dark lords? A meta-analytic review of psychopathy and leadership. Journal of Applied Psychology, 104, 183-196.

Harms, P.D., Wood, D., Landay, K., Lester, P., & Vogelgesang-Lester, G. (2018). Autocratic leaders and authoritarian followers revisited: A review and agenda for the future. The Leadership Quarterly, 29, 105-122.

Harms, P.D., Credé, M., Tynan, M., Leon, M., & Jeung, W. (2017). Leadership and stress: A meta-analytic review. The Leadership Quarterly, 28, 178-194.

Credé, M., Tynan, M., & Harms, P.D. (2017). Much ado about Grit: A meta-analytic synthesis of the Grit literature. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,113, 492-511.

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.

Harms, P.D. (2011). Adult attachment styles in the workplace. Human Resource Management Review, 21, 285-296.

Harms, P.D., Spain, S., & Hannah, S. (2011). Leader development and the dark side of personality. The Leadership Quarterly, 22, 495-509.