Scott O. Lilienfeld

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology

Office: 473 Psychology Building

Phone: 404-727-1125

Fax: 404-727-0372


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Psychology

36 Eagle Row
Emory University

Atlanta, GA 30322


Dr. Lilienfeld received his B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He completed his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1986-1987. He was assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at SUNY Albany from 1990 to 1994, and has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Emory since 1994.

Prospective Graduate Students

Please note that I do not accept students whose principal interests are in criminal justice or criminology

Psyc.Tv: Online Continuing Education


  • PSYC 111: Introduction to Psychology II
  • PSYC 410: Science and Pseudoscience in Psychology
  • PSYC 549: Assessment II: Personality/Psychopathology; Diagnostic Interviewing

Dr. Lilienfeld is not seeking a new graduate student for Fall 2018 admission. Please visit the Clinical Program page for a list of faculty who will be interviewing applicants for Fall 2018 admission.


The causes and assessment of personality disorders (especially psychopathic personality) and personality traits; personality assessment (e.g., the validity of projective techniques); psychiatric classification and diagnosis; pseudoscience and clinical psychology; evidence-based clinical practice; scientific thinking and its application to psychology; philosophy of science and psychology.

Current Research Projects
  • The self-report detection of psychopathic personality traits
  • Psychopathic behavior and emotional processing; psychopathy and moral reasoning
  • Successful psychopathy
  • Sex and cultural differences in the behavioral manifestation of psychopathic personality traits
  • Personality and behavioral correlates of absorption
  • Popular psychology misconceptions
Lab Members
  • Joanna Berg, Graduate Student
  • Caroline Hennigar, Undergraduate
  • Andrea Bozja, Undergraduate
  • Gabriella Rich, Undergraduate
  • Madeline Kahn, Undergraduate
  • Alexa Kravitz, Undergraduate



Lilienfeld, S.O., Lynn, S.J., Ruscio, J., & Beyerstein, B.J. (2010).  50 great myths of popular psychology: Shattering widespread misconceptions about human behavior.  New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Lilienfeld, S.O., Lynn, S.J., Namy, L., & Woolf, N. (2010).  Psychology: From inquiry to understanding (2nd edition).  Boston, MA: Pearson.

Skeem, J.L., Douglas, K.S., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (2009).   Psychological science in the courtroom: Consensus and Controversy.  New York: Guilford.

Lilienfeld, S.O., & O’Donohue, W.T. (Eds.) (2007).  The Great Ideas of Clinical Science:          The 17 principles that all mental health professionals should understand. New York: Routledge.

O’Donohue, W.T., Fowler, K.A. & Lilienfeld, S.O. (2007).  The Sage handbook of personality disorders.  New York: Sage. 

Lilienfeld, S.O., & Widows, M. (2005).  Professional Manual for the Psychopathic        Personality Inventory-Revised (PPI-R).  Lutz, Florida: Psychological Assessment            Resources.

Lilienfeld, S.O., Lynn, S.J., & Lohr, J.M. (2004).  Science and pseudoscience in clinical        psychology.  New York: Guilford.

Wood, J.M., Nezworski, M.T., Lilienfeld, S.O., & Garb, H.N. (2003). What’s wrong with the Rorschach? Science confronts the controversial inkblot test. New York: Jossey-Bass.


Poythress, N.G., Edens, J.F., Skeem, J.L., Lilienfeld, S.O., Douglas, K.S., et al.  (in press).  Identifying subtypes among offenders with antisocial personality disorder: A cluster-    analytic studyJournal of Abnormal Psychology.

 Kimonas, E., Skeem, J.L., Douglas, K.S., Edens, J.F., Poythress, N.G., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (in press). Suicidal and criminal behavior among female offenders: The role of abuse and psychopathology.  Journal of Personality Disorders.

Blonigen, D. M., Patrick, C. J., Douglas, K. S., Poythress, N. G., Skeem, J. L., Lilienfeld, S. O., Edens, J. F., & Krueger, R. F. (in press). Relations between factors of psychopathy and dimensions of internalizing and externalizing psychopathology: Clarifying the role of  suppressor effects and method variance. Psychological Assessment.

Lilienfeld, S.O. (2010).  Can psychology become a science?  Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 281-288.

Wood, J. M., Lilienfeld, S. O., Nezworski, M. T., Garb, H. N., Allen, K. H., & Wildermuth, J. L. (2010). Validity of Rorschach inkblot scores for discriminating psychopaths from nonpsychopaths in forensic populations: A meta-analysis. Psychological Assessment, 22, 336-349.

 Poythress, N. G., Lilienfeld, S. O., Skeem, J. L., Douglas, K. S., Edens, J. F., Epstein, M., &  Patrick, C. J. (2010). Using the PCL-R to help estimate the validity of two self-report measures of psychopathy with offenders. Assessment, 17, 206-219.

 Malterer, M., Lilienfeld, S.O., Newman, J.P., & Neumann, C. (2010).  Concurrent validity of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory with offender and community samples. Assessment, 17, 3-15.
Fowler, K.A., Lilienfeld, S.O., & Patrick, C.P. (2009).  Detecting psychopathy from thin slices of behavior.  Psychological Assessment, 21, 68-78.  

Lilienfeld, S.O., Ammirati, R., & Landfield, K. (2009).  Giving debiasing away:  Can psychological research on correcting cognitive errors promote human welfare? Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 390-398.

Edens, J.F., Poythress, N.G., Lilienfeld, S.O., Patrick, C., & Test, A. (2008). Further Evidence of the divergent correlates of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory factors: Prediction of  prison misconduct among male prisoners. Psychological Assessment, 20, 86-91.
Sylvers, P., Alden, A., Lilienfeld, S.O., Brubaker, N., & Brennan, P.A. (2008). Differential endophenotypic markers of narcissistic and antisocial personality features: A psychophysiological investigation.  Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 1260-1270.  

Schmeelk, K., Sylvers, P.., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (2008). Relational aggression and psychopathy: Implications for DSM-IV personality disorders.  Journal of Personality Disorders, 22, 269-283.

Rosen, G.R., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (2008).  Posttraumatic stress disorder: An empirical analysis of core assumptions.  Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 837-868.

Giesbrecht, T., Lynn, S.J., Lilienfeld, S.O., & Merckelbach, H. (2008).  Cognitive processes in dissociation: An analysis of core theoretical assumptions. Psychological Bulletin, 134, 617-647.

Lilienfeld, S.O., & Landfield, K. (2008).  Science and pseudoscience in law enforcement: A user-friendly primer.  Criminal Justice and Behavior, 35, 1215-1230.

Bonanno, G., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (2008).  Let’s be realistic: When grief counseling is effective and when it’s not.   Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 39, 377- 380.

Lilienfeld, S.O. (2007). Psychological treatments that cause harm.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2, 53-70.

Patrick, C. J., Edens, J. F., Poythress, N., Lilienfeld, S. O., & Benning, S. D. (2006). Construct validity of the PPI two-factor model with offenders.  Psychological Assessment, 18, 204-208

Lilienfeld, S. O., & Fowler, K. A. (2006). The self-report assessment of psychopathy: Problems, pitfalls, and promises. In C. J. Patrick (Ed.), Handbook of psychopathy (pp.107-132). New York: Guilford Press.

 Poythress, N. G., Skeem, J. L., & Lilienfeld, S. O. (2006). Associations among early abuse, dissociation, and psychopathy in an offender sample. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 115, 288-297.

Edens, J. F., Marcus, D. K., Lilienfeld, S. O., & Poythress, N. G.  (2006).  Psychopathic, not psychopath:  Taxometric evidence for the dimensional structure of psychopathy.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 115, 131-144.

Lilienfeld, S.O. (2005). Longitudinal studies of personality disorders: Four lessons from     personality psychology. Journal of Personality Disorders, 19, 547-556.

Lilienfeld, S.O. (2005).  Scientifically supported and unsupported interventions for childhood psychopathology: A summary.  Pediatrics, 115, 761-764.

Garb, H.N., Wood, J.M.., Lilienfeld, S.O., & Nezworski, M.T. (2005). Roots of the Rorschach controversy. Clinical Psychology Review, 25, 97-118.

Emery, C., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (2004). The validity of child sexual abuse survivor checklists in the   popular psychology literature: A Barnum effect? Professional Psychology: Science and Practice, 35, 268-274.

Lilienfeld, S.O. (2003). Comorbidity between and within childhood externalizing and internalizing disorders: Reflections and directions. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 31 , 285-291.

Wood, J.M., Garb, H.N., Lilienfeld, S.O., & Nezworski, M.T. (2002). Clinical assessment of personality. Annual Review of Psychology, 53, 519-543.
Lilienfeld, S.O. (2002). When worlds collide: Social science, politics, and the Rind et al. child sexual abuse meta-analysis. American Psychologist, 57, 176-188.

Lilienfeld, S.O., Wood, J.M., & Garb, H.N. (2001, May). What’s wrong with this picture? Scientific American, 284, 80-87.

Waldman, I.D., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (2001). Applications of taxometric methods to problems of comorbidity: Perspectives and challenges. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 8, 520-527.

 Lilienfeld, S.O., Wood, J.M., & Garb. H.N. (2000). The scientific status of projective  techniques. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 1, 27-66.

Herbert, J.D., Lilienfeld, S.O., Lohr, J.M., Montgomery, R.W., O’Donohue, W.T., Rosen, G.M., & Tolin, D.F. (2000). Science and pseudoscience in the development of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing: Implications for clinical psychology. Clinical Psychology Review, 20, 945-971.

Lilienfeld, S.O., Lynn, S.J., Kirsch, I., Chaves, J., Sarbin, T., Ganaway, G., & Powell, R. (1999). Dissociative identity disorder and the sociocognitive model: Recalling the lessons of the past. Psychological Bulletin, 125, 507-523.

Lilienfeld, S.O., Gershon, J., Duke, M., Marino, L., & de Waal, F.B.M. (1999). A
preliminary investigation of the construct of psychopathic personality (psychopathy) in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 113, 365-375.

Lilienfeld, S.O., & Loftus, E.F. (1998). Repressed memories and World War II: Some cautionary notes. Professional Psychology, 29, 471-475.

Lilienfeld, S.O. (1998). Recent methodological advances and developments in the assessment of psychopathy. Behavior Research and Therapy, 36, 99-125.

Harkness, A.R., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (1997). Individual differences science for treatment planning: Personality traits. Psychological Assessment, 9, 349-360.

Lilienfeld, S.O., & Andrews, B.P. (1996). Development and preliminary validation of a self-report measure of psychopathic personality traits in noncriminal populations. Journal of Personality Assessment, 66, 488-524.

Alliger, G., Lilienfeld, S.O., & Mitchell, K. (1996). The susceptibility of overt and covert integrity tests to coaching and faking. Psychological Science, 7, 32-39.

Lilienfeld, S.O., & Marino, L. (1995). Mental disorder as a Roschian concept: A critique of Wakefield's 'harmful dysfunction' analysis. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 104, 411-420.