Loyola University Chicago


Department of Psychology

Fred Bryant

Title: Professor, Ph.D.

Office: 242 Coffey Hall

Phone: 773.508.3033

E-mail: fbryant@luc.edu

Personal Information

Ph.D., Northwestern University (1980)


Research Interests:

Within applied social psychology, my research interests include measuring and enhancing subjective life quality, meta-analyzing research on social interventions, and evaluating test validity. Related to this work, I have been involved in several large-scale research projects investigating quality of life in various populations and synthesizing quasi-experimental studies on the impact of federally-mandated educational programs. I have also served as an expert witness in several court cases involving theory, methodology, and statistics in social and industrial-organizational psychology. Within basic social psychology, my primary research interests are in the field of positive psychology and involve the study of processes underlying positive emotions. I am currently investigating the dynamics of savoring—that is, cognitive and behavioral processes through which people regulate (intensify or prolong) positive experiences. Within the domain of personality psychology, my research interests include affect intensity, aggression, Type A behavior, dimensions and processes underlying psychological well-being, and the conceptualization and measurement of cognition and emotion. Within the statistical realm, I specialize in structural equation modeling, nonlinear classification tree analysis, psychometrics, instrument development, and construct validation. I am currently involved in several large-scale, multidisciplinary federally funded research grant projects, including work on neurobiological, genetic, environmental, and psychosocial determinants of quality of life and psychological functioning. In 2005, I was recognized as the Loyola Faculty Member of the Year.


Recent Publications:

Bryant, F. B. (2000). Assessing the validity of measurement. In L. G. Grimm & P. R. Yarnold (Eds.), Reading and understanding more multivariate statistics (pp. 99-146). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Bryant, F. B., & DeHoek, A. (2006). Looking back on what we knew and when we knew it: The role of time in the development of hindsight bias. In L. J. Sanna & E. C. Chang (Eds.), Judgments over time: The interplay of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors (pp. 230-250). New York: Oxford University Press.

Bryant, F. B., & Guilbault, R. L. (2002). "I knew it all along" eventually: The development of hindsight bias in reaction to the Clinton impeachment verdict. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 24, 27-41.

Bryant, F. B., King, S. P., & Smart, C. M. (2006). Multivariate statistical strategies for construct validation in positive psychology. In A. G. Ong & M. van Dulmen (Eds.), Oxford handbook of methods in positive psychology (pp. 61-82). New York: Oxford University Press.

Bryant, F. B., & Smith, B. D. (2001). Refining the architecture of aggression: A measurement model for the Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire. Journal of Research in Personality, 35, 138-167.

Bryant, F. B., & Veroff, J. (2007). Savoring: A new model of positive experience. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. [ISBN: 0-8058-5119-4 (cloth); 0-8058-4120-8 (paper)]


Coakley, R. M., Holmbeck, G. N., & Bryant, F. B. (2006). Constructing a prospective model of psychosocial adaptation in young adolescents with spina bifida: An application of optimal data analysis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 31, 1084-1099


Edelman, P., Guihan, M., Bryant, F. B., & Munroe, D. J. (2006). Measuring resident and family member determinants of satisfaction with assisted living. The Gerontologist, 46, 599-608.


Martyn-Nemeth, P., Penckofer, S., Gulanick, M., Velsor-Friedrich, B., & Bryant, F. B. (2008). The relationships among self-esteem, stress, coping, eating behavior, and depressive mood in adolescents. Research in Nursing & Health, 32, 96-109.


Saban, K. L., Stroupe, K. T., Bryant, F. B., Reda, D. J., Browning, M. M., & Hynes, D. M. (2008). Comparison of health-related quality of life measures for chronic renal failure: Quality of Well-Being Scale, Short-Form-6D, and the Kidney Disease Quality of Life Instrument. Quality of Life Research, 17, 1103-1115.

Smart, C. M., Nelson, N. W., Sweet, J. J., Bryant, F. B., Berry, D. T .R., Granacher, R. P., & Heilbronner, R. L. (2008). Use of MMPI-2 to predict cognitive effort: A hierarchically optimal classification tree analysis. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14, 842-852.