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Nicholas S. Holtzman, Ph.D.


Title: Assistant Professor
Institution: Southeastern Louisiana University
Department: Psychology
Email: nicholas.holtzman@selu.edu
Curriculum Vita: Email me for a copy

Brief Autobiography. I graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a B.A. in psychology, and then I attended Washington University in St. Louis for my Ph.D., where my studies focused on the sub-field of social/personality psychology under the supervision of the brilliant Professor Michael Strube. I have had some terrific mentors; see here. In Fall 2013, I began teaching at Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro, which is near Savannah; there, I became a tenured Associate Professor. In Fall 2022, I began tenure-track position teaching at Southeastern Louisiana University, near New Orleans.


Teaching. I frequently teach a variety of content courses (typically in the realm of social-personality psychology) and technical courses (e.g., research and analysis, research design). I love teaching and mentoring the next generation of students—it gives me a continued sense of meaning.

Research. My research program is focused on traits linked to social problems and morality, such as narcissism, selfishness, acquisitive ideologies, and self-focused attention. I am fascinated by the causes, cues, and consequences of these traits. My collaborators and I try to answer basic questions such as: Where do these traits come from? What are their manifestations? What do they, in turn, predict? I use a variety of methods to understand these topics. I frequently collaborate with Prof. Matthias R. Mehl and Prof. M. Brent Donnellan. Check out our papers here or visit my Google Scholar Profile here.

Service. I serve on the editorial boards for two peer reviewed journals: Journal of Personality as well as Journal of Language and Social Psychology. In 2022, I was recognized as an outstanding reviewer by the Association for Research in Personality.

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