Research is conducted within all three subdisciplines, although most research within the division is focused on development and on social psychological experiments. However, parts of this research have clear elements of personality psychology because some of the phenomena that are tracked during development or qualifying experimental situation effects are personality-related factors.

The chair in personality, social and developmental psychology

The first professor in the division was David Magnusson, who is a world-leading researcher in interactionistic psychology. Among other things, he developed the holistic-interactionist framework. The professorship was taken over in 1994 by Lars Bergman and was then focused on behavioral longitudinal research, although Bergman is also active in developing psychological research, particularly the study of individual development in a life-span perspective. Since Bergman retired in 2012 the division has been without a chair.

The division is currently headed by Torun Lindholm (Division Head) and Laura Ferrer-Wreder (Deputy Division Head).

Division dissertations since 2000

Ek, Ulla (2000). Children with visual disorders. Cognitive development, developmental disorders and consequences for treatment and counselling. Psykologiska institutionen.

Ahlström, Margareta (2000). Hörselskadade barn i kommunikation och samspel. Psykologiska institutionen.

Chinapah, Eva (2000). Tonårsnormer i förändring. Psykologiska institutionen.

El Khouri, Bassam M. (2000). Classification in a person-oriented context. Psykologiska institutionen.

Janson, Harald (2000). Projective methods and longitudinal developmental research: considerations of data's nature and reliability. Psykologiska institutionen.

Magnusson, Chris (2001). Life-course characteristics associated with early onset of sexual intercourse in females. Psykologiska institutionen.

Dåderman, Anna M. (2002). Personality traits and psychopathology (PCL_R) in male juvenile delinquents. Psykologiska institutionen.

Thorén, Agneta (2002). Blinda barn och seende föräldrar i utveckling och kommunikation. Psykologiska institutionen.

Kansi, Juliska (2003). Eating problems and the self-concept: The body as a mirror of the mind? Psykologiska institutionen.

Daukantaite, Daiva (2006). Subjective well-being in Swedish women. Psykologiska institutionen.

Zettergren, Peter (2007). Children´s peer status and their adjustment in adolescence and adulthood. Psykologiska institutionen.

Wilder, Jenny (2008). Proximal processes of children with profound multiple disabilities. Psykologiska institutionen.

Bergman, Helena F. (2009). Emotional interplay and communication with patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. Psykologiska institutionen.

Andersson, Håkan (2012). Childhood self-regulation, academic achievement, and occupational attainment. Psykologiska institutionen.