Peter (PK) Jonason, Ph.D.

I originally intended to be a lawyer, but then I took a class with the late Ross Buck who introduced me to evolutionary psychology. It was then I realized I wanted to pursue a career in research. After I completed my B.A. in Political Science and Communication Sciences (2000) and my M.A. in Communication Sciences at the University of Connecticut (2003), I got my Ph.D. in Psychology at New Mexico State University (2009). By training I am a social/personality psychologist who uses evolutionary theory to derive predictions and account for observable phenomena in (mostly) personality, individual differences, mating strategies, and sexuality (see GoogleScholar; ScholarGPS;; ResearchGate; Sage Policy Tracker).

Some career highlights

2008: Editorial board: The Journal of Social Psychology

2009: Ph.D. in Psychology: New Mexico State University

2011: Editor SIs & Reviews: Personality and Individual Differences

2014: IgNobel award in psychology

2015: Visiting scholar: Lomonosov Moscow State University

2015: Visiting scholar: University of Western Ontario.

2015: Senior Associate Editor: Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences

2015: Senior Lecturer: Western Sydney University

2016: Fellow at the Secular Policy Institute

2017: Assistant Editor: Psych. Sci. Accelerator Project

2017: Academic Editor: PLOS 1

2017: Keynote speaker: Human Behavior and Evolution Society

2017:Created the journal Frontiers in Psychology (Evolutionary)

2018: Visiting scholar: University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński

2018: Keynote speaker: Cross-cultural self-enhancement

2018: Founded Australasian Soc. for Human Behav. & Evolution

2019: Ulam Scholarship for Academic Exchange to Warsaw, Poland
2020: Promoted to Associate Professor: University of Padua

2020: OPUS (Poland) grant to study personality in online dating

2021: coEditor-in-Chief: Personality and Individual Differences

2021: Awarded rank of University Associate Professor in Poland

2022: Coordinating Editor: Personality and Individual Differences

2022: Published edited volume on measurement (video summary)

2022: Became president of the Association for Personality & EP

2022: Plenary Speaker: Polish Society for Human Evolution Studies

2022: Qualified as Full Professor in Italy

2023: Editor-in-Chief, Studia Psychologica

2023: 200th peer reviewed article published (mid-February)

2023: Hosted Humans in Evolutionary Perspective, Padua IT

2024: Awarded the rank of Full Professor in Poland

2024: Elected, extraordinary member, Polish Psychological Association

2024: Full Professor at the University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński