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Joshua D. Foster (born in Washington, D.C.) earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Georgia in 2005. Since then, he has been a member of the Behavior and Brain Sciences faculty (Psychology Department) at the University of South Alabama where he was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2017.


Dr. Foster’s principal area of research is personality and individual differences (primarily narcissistic personality), although he has (too) many other research interests and collaborates with a variety of researchers on topics outside of personality.

Dr. Foster has published more than 60 papers that have been cited more than 12,000 times in the scientific literature. His work has been featured in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. He has mentored numerous students in his laboratory who have gone on to a variety of graduate programs, including University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Albany, University of Minnesota, Columbia University, Colorado State University, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Penn State University.

When not working, Dr. Foster enjoys watching sports, playing video games, (thinking about) exercising, and hanging out with his family. His wife, Dr. Hope Jackson, is a practicing clinical psychologist who specializes in treating eating, anxiety, and mood disorders. Together, they have two boys, Mathew and Colin, who specialize in being silly.

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