Thomas R. Kwapil is a Professor of Psychology in the Clinical-Community Psychology Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Psychology. Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois, he worked for 20 years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts & Sciences. He completed his doctoral degree in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the mentorship of Profs. Loren and Jean Chapman. He completed his predoctoral internship at Mendota Mental Health Institute and his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry.
Prof. Kwapil’s program of research focuses on conceptualizing and assessing schizophrenia and bipolar psychopathology across broad continua of expression. Specifically, his research team has developed and explored multidimensional models of schizotypy as broader expressions of clinical and subclinical schizophrenic psychopathology, and dimensional models of bipolar spectrum psychopathology.
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers play a major role in his research, and interested students are encouraged to apply to work in the lab.