William A. Owens Creative Research Award 2018
Joshua D. Miller, professor and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology, has played a leading role in developing, testing and advocating a new model of understanding personality disorders. Mental health professionals have struggled to treat patients with psychopathy and narcissism. His research helped demonstrate that these personality disorders are “built” from the same five basic components found in “normal” personality and that these disorders represent configurations of these traits that are problematic because of their extremity and/or inflexibility. Many clinicians prefer this approach because it provides more focused tools with greater therapeutic potential. His influential research over the last 15 years helped lay the groundwork for changes in the official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition. His research on narcissism, moreover, identified two distinct dimensions (grandiose and vulnerable) of this personality disorder that differ in their development, interpersonal behavior, underlying traits and outcomes—and require differentiated treatments to be effective.
- Creative Research Medal 2011