Short CV/Education and training

  • I received my doctoral degree in psychology with highest honours (summa cum laude) from the University of Tartu, Estonia, in 1999. After completing my doctoral studies, I worked for two years as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Upon return to Estonia, I worked as an Associate Professor and a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of Tartu for about 10 years. In 2012, I was awarded a prestigious Academy Research Professor position by the Estonian Academy Sciences for the period 2013-2015. In 2014, I was appointed Professor of Personality and Social Psychology in the Department of Psychology, the University of Tartu. Since January 2016, I also work as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, the University of Warwick, UK.

Selected publications

  • Mõttus, R., Realo, A., Vainik, U., Allik, J., & Esko, T. (2017). Educational attainment and personality are genetically intertwined. Psychological Science. Advance online publication, doi: 10.1177/0956797617719083

  • Realo, A., van der Most, P. J., Allik, J., Esko, T., Jeronimus, B. F., Kööts-Ausmees, L., Mõttus, R., Tropf, F. C., Snieder, H., & Ormel, J. (2017). SNP-based heritability estimates of common and specific variance in self- and informant-reported Neuroticism scales. Journal of Personality, 85(6), 906-919.

  • Kööts-Ausmees, L., Schmidt, M., Esko, T., Metspalu, A., Allik, J., & Realo, A. (2016). The role of the Five Factor personality traits in self-reported general health. European Journal of Personality, 30, 492-504.

  • Mandel, A., & Realo, A. (2015). Across-time change and variation in cultural tightness-looseness. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0145213.

  • Realo, A., & Dobewall, H. (2011). Does life satisfaction change with age? A Comparison of Estonia, Finland, Latvia, and Sweden. Journal of Research in Personality, 45, 297–308.

  • Realo, A., Allik, J., Lönnqvist, J.-E., Verkasalo, M., Kwiatkowska, A., Kööts, L., Kütt, M., Barkauskiene, R., Laurinavicius, A., Karpinski, K., Kolyshko, A., Sebre, S., & Renge, V. (2009). Mechanisms of the national character stereotype: How people in six neighboring countries of Russia describe themselves and the typical Russian. European Journal of Personality, 23, 229–249.

  • Kuppens, P., Realo, A., & Diener, E. (2008). The role of positive and negative emotions in life satisfaction judgment across nations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 66-75.

  • Schmitt, D., Realo, A., Voracek, M., & Allik, J. (2008). Why can’t a man be more like a woman? Sex differences in Big Five personality traits across 55 cultures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 168-182.

  • Allik, J., & Realo, A. (2004). Individualism-collectivism and social capital.Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 35, 29-49.

  • Realo, A., Allik, J., & Vadi, M. (1997). The hierarchical structure of collectivism. Journal of Research in Personality, 31, 93-116.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Genetics of Neuroticism. Principal investigators: Prof Johan Ormel, University Medical Centre, University of Groningen, The Netherlands; Prof Anu Realo, University of Tartu, Estonia; and Prof Harold Snieder, University Medical Centre, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 2013 – 2016

  • Factors Influencing the Academic Performance in University Students. A PRIMUS research grant from the European Social Fund (no 3-8.2/60). Principal investigator, 2009 – 2013

  • Comparability of Culture-Level Personality Scores: The Case of Conscientiousness. Principal investigators: Prof Jüri Allik, Dr Rene Mõttus, Dr Helle Pullmann, and Dr Anu Realo, University of Tartu, Estonia, 2009 – 2010

  • Mechanisms of the National Character Stereotype: The Mare Balticum Project. Principal investigator, 2007 – 2009

  • Russian Character and Personality Survey (RCPS). Principal investigators: Prof Jüri Allik, Dr Anu Realo, Dr Helle Pullmann, and Rene Mõttus, University of Tartu, Estonia, 2006 –


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Advisory Board to the Estonian Minister of Health and Labour on equal opportunities, since 2017

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Personality Psychology (EAPP), since 2016

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Social Survey ERIC, since 2013

  • Principal investigator for the World Values Survey in Estonia, since 2012

  • Associate Editor, European Journal of Personality, 2012 – 2016

  • The vice-chair and a member of the Evaluation Board of the Estonian Research Council, 2012 – 2015

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Individual Differences, 2009 – 2013

Media coverage

  • I am active in public engagement work on topics relating to my research. This includes frequent appearances in the media and public lectures that help to increase the visibility of our research to a wider audience. There have been more than 40 appearances in national TV and radio programmes as well as in daily and weekly newspapers in Estonia during the past 10 years.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • One daughter born in 2003


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