Anqing Zheng

Ph.D. in Personality

Psychology @ UIUC

Hey there!

Welcome to Anqing Zheng (郑岸青)’s webpage! I am a personality Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), advised by Prof. Daniel A. Briley. I received B.A. from Tsinghua University, majoring in Psychology under the supervision of Prof.Jing Qian.

If you are going to visit UIUC, let me buy you a bubble tea . There are 7 bubble tea stores in this University city, guarantee for varieties!


  • Personality Development and Change
  • Socio-emotional Skills
  • Behavioral Genetics
  • Research Methods


  • Ph.D. in Psychology, 2022

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • M.A. in Psychology, 2018

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • B.A. in Psychology, 2016

    Tsinghua University

Things I do

... and want to do

My research addresses three related questions:

  • What is personality. How can we measure personality (traits) differently and in larger scale, and how is personality (trait) different from other characteristics such as socio-emotional skills. Currently I’m implementing meta-analysis and online conversational agents for this goal.
  • How does personality develope and change. I’m examining the lifespan personality development and identifying sources that drives personality changes. My research used time series model, network analysis, longitudinal model as well as genetically informed data and design to investigate in these questions.
  • The predictive validity of personality. How is personality related to meaningful life outcomes, such as physical health and academic achievement.

Fun Facts

Get a two-year-old boy american curl (never sit on my lap, but will take over my seat whenever possible); Love skiing and snowboarding; Watch animes (recent favorite: Beastars), and recently developed interest in Poker. Really enjoy watching those players, with pokerface, winining/losing pots that can support hundreds of projects :)


Under Review

Anqing Zheng , Daniel A. Briley, Jacobucci, C. Ross, K. Paige Harden, and Elliot M. Tucker-Drob. Subtle differences make a difference: Incremental validity of character measures over and above the Big Five Inventory. Under Review.

Journal Articles

(2019). Genetic and environmental influences on achievement goal orientations shift with age. European Journal of Personality.


(2019). Kids becoming less alike: A behavioral genetic analysis of developmental increases in personality variance from childhood to adolescence. Journal of personality and social psychology.



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