Paul A Pilkonis, PhD
Education & Training
Selected Honors & Awards
- Meyer, B., & Pilkonis, P. A. (2005). An attachment model of personality disorders. In M. Lenzenweger & J. F. Clarkin (Eds.), Major theories of personality disorders (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
- Pilkonis, P. A., Hallquist, M. N., Morse, J. Q., & Stepp, S. D. (2011). Striking the (im)proper balance between scientific advances and clinical utility: Commentary on the DSM-5 proposal for personality disorders. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 2, 68-82. PMID: 21804929 PMCID: PMC3143499
- Pilkonis, P. A., Choi, S. W., Reise, S. P., Stover, A. M., Riley, W. T., & Cella, D. (2011). Item banks for measuring emotional distress from the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS): Depression, anxiety, and anger. Assessment, 18, 263-283. PMID: 21697139 PMCID: PMC3153635
- Ross, J. M., Girard, J. M., Wright, A. G. C., Beeney, J. E., Scott, L. N., Hallquist, M. N., Lazarus, S. A., Stepp, S. D., & Pilkonis, P. A. (2017). Momentary patterns of covariation between specific affects and interpersonal behavior: Linking relationship science and personality assessment. Psychological Assessment, 29, 123-134. PMID: 27148786 PMCID: PMC5097701
- Pilkonis, P. A., Kim, Y., Proietti, J. M., & Barkham, M. (1996). Scales for personality disorders developed from the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems. Journal of Personality Disorders, 10, 355-369.
- Reynolds, C. F., III, Pilkonis, P. A., Kupfer, D. J., Dunn, L. O., & Pincus, H. A. (2007). Training future generations of mental health researchers: Devising strategies for tough times. Academic Psychiatry, 31, 152-159. PMID: 17344458, PMCID: PMC2746642
- Kupfer, D. J., Murphree, A., Pilkonis, P. A., Cameron, J., Giang, R. T., Dodds, N., & Godard, K. (2014). Using peer review to improve research and promote collaboration. Academic Psychiatry, 38, 5-10. PMID: 24449224 PMCID: PMC3944074
Pitt Psychiatry Awarded $11.5M National Institute of Mental Health Center Grant Focused on Investigating Emotional and Mental Health in Autistic Adults
The National Institute of Mental Health has awarded the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry an Autism Center of Excellence (P50) grant to fund “Mental Health in Autistic Adults: An RDoC Approach.” The University of Pittsburgh Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) will be led by Carla Mazefsky, PhD (Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Clinical and Translational Science). The University of Pittsburgh...
Pitt Psychiatry Investigators Study Affective Dynamics Across Internalizing and Externalizing Dimensions of Psychopathology
Dysregulated affective dynamics (i.e., how emotions ebb and flow over time) have most often been studied among people with a given disorder compared to an unaffected control group. However, this approach has yielded inconsistent findings because many emotional states are seen across multiple psychopathologies. In fact, research has shown that psychiatric disorders are organized by evidence of internalizing (e.g...
Emotion Dysregulation Measure Designed for Autism Outperforms Existing Measures in a General Youth Population
Tools that help psychiatrists and psychologists measure emotion dysregulation—the inability to effectively modulate the intensity or duration of emotional responses—are critical to the diagnosis and treatment of numerous psychiatric disorders. However, for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), scientists have questioned the suitability of existing measures, given that young people with ASD can have highly...
Dr. Carla Mazefsky and Department Faculty Members Develop and Validate Sensitive Measure of Emotion Regulation in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Carla Mazefsky, PhD, along with Paul Pilkonis, PhD and other colleagues recently published an article, “The Emotion Dysregulation Inventory: Psychometric Properties and Item Response Theory Calibration in an Autism Spectrum Disorder Sample,” in Autism Research. Dr. Mazefsky answers some pertinent questions regarding the study below. 1. What was the goal of your research? Poor emotion regulation, defined as...