Nicholas S. Holtzman, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Institution: Georgia Southern University
Department: Psychology
Curriculum Vita (PDF): Holtzman_CV_PDF

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 (on the main campus, in Statesboro, GA), where I am a tenured Associate Professor now. My partner and I live in a suburb of Savannah, Georgia.

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). The research design course is a graduate level class. I weave into the courses a variety of quantitative methods, psychometrics, and meta-science topics, given the direction of the field. I love teaching and mentoring the next generation of students—it gives me continued hope.

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. As I have progressed through my career, I have taken on many service projects and leadership roles. I have been involved in diversity initiatives at both the departmental level and university level (particularly as a member of Faculty Senate). Additionally, 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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