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Mark F. Lenzenweger

Distinguished Professor



Professor Lenzenweger will not be accepting a new graduate student for the Fall 2023 admissions cycle.

Lenzenweger currently maintains two broad programs of experimental psychopathology research. The first concerns schizotypy and schizophrenia and the second concerns the longitudinal study of severe personality disorders. In the schizotypy/schizophrenia program he conducts studies of sustained attention, working memory, eye movements, motor performance, and somatosensory perception in relation to schizotypic psychopathology. In the personality disorders research program, he is currently conducting analyses of multiple waves of personality disorder, personality, and temperament data gathered through the landmark NIMH-funded Longitudinal Study of Personality Disorders. He also studies borderline personality disorder from both a neurocognitive and neurobehavioral (i.e., neurobiological) perspective. He uses a variety of measurement approaches in the laboratory, including basic perception and cognitive tasks as well as psychometric methods.

Selected Publications:


Lenzenweger, M.F. (2010). Schizotypy and schizophrenia: The view from experimental psychopathology. New York: Guilford Press. [ISBN 978-1-60623-865-3]


Wastler, H. M., & Lenzenweger, M.F. (2018). Cone of gaze in positive schizotypy: Relationship to referential thinking and social functioning. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 9, 324-332.

Khvatskaya, Y., & Lenzenweger, M.F. (2016). Motor empathy in individuals with psychopathic traits: A preliminary study. Journal of Personality Disorders, 30, 613-632.

Lenzenweger, M.F., & Depue, R.A. (2016). Toward a developmental psychopathology of personality disturbance: A neurobehavioral dimensional model incorporating genetic, environmental, and epigenetic factors (pp. 1079-1110). In D. Cicchetti (Ed.), Developmental Psychopathology, Volume 3, Maladaptation and Psychopathology (3rd ed). New York: Wiley.

Lenzenweger, M.F. (2015). Factors underlying the psychological and behavioral characteristics of Office of Strategic Services candidates: The Assessment of Men data revisited. Journal of Personality Assessment, 97, 100-110.

Lenzenweger, M.F. (2013). Thinking clearly about the endophenotype vs. intermediate phenotype vs. biomarker distinctions in developmental psychopathology research. [Invited Essay for 25th Anniversary Issue.] Development & Psychopathology, 25, 1347-1357.

Lenzenweger, M.F., McLachlan, G., & Rubin, D.B. (2007). Resolving the latent structure of schizophrenia endophenotypes using expectation-maximization-based finite mixture modeling. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116, 16-29.


  • PhD, MA, Yeshiva University
  • AB, Cornell University

Research Interests

  • Schizophrenia and schizotypy
  • Severe personality disorders
  • Personality neuroscience
  • Quantitative/statistical methods
  • Longitudinal research methodology
  • Operational psychology and selection
  • Insider risk detection

Teaching Interests

  • Severe personality disorders
  • Schizotypy and schizophrenia
  • Narcissism and malignant narcissism
  • Research methods and statistics / psychometric theory


  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
  • SUNY Distinguished Professor of Psychology (lifetime)
  • 2015 CPA Canadian Psychology (CP) “Best Article of the Year Award”
  • American Psychological Foundation’s (APF) Theodore Millon Mid-Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Personality Psychology
  • Research Foundation of the State University of New York Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship
  • Fellow status, American Psychopathological Association (2003)
  • Distinguished Investigator Award, NARSAD (1999-2001)
  • Fellow status, American Psychological Society (1999)