About Me


  • Ph.D.: Social Psychology/Personality, Kansas State University, USA, 1996
  • M.A.: Developmental Psychology, Hacettepe University, Turkey, 1988
  • B.S.: Psychology, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 1985

Research Interest:

  • Attachment and Parenting
  • Driver Behavior – Transportation Psychology
  • Personality Traits and Assessment
  • Effects of Unemployment
  • Teaching of Psychology
  • Political Behaviors
  • Multivariate Statistics

Academic History and Work Experience

  • Fulbright Scholar, Cornell University, USA, August, 2011-April, 2012.
  • Professor, Middle East Technical University, 2005-.
  • Associate Professor, Middle East Technical University, 1999-2005.
  • Assistant Professor, Ankara University, 1996-1999.
  • Teaching Assistant: Department of Psychology, Kansas State University, USA, 1995-1996.
  • Instructor: Department of Continuing Education, Kansas State University, USA, 1994-1996.
  • Teaching Assistant: Dept. of Psychology, Ankara University, 1988-1991.
  • Instructor: Dept. of Psychology, Hacettepe University, 1987-1988.
  • Researcher: Medical School, Dept. of Public Health, Hacettepe University, 1986-1988.

Professional Positions

  • Chairperson, METU, Department of Psychology, December 2003-July 2011.
  • Vise Chairperson, METU, Department of Psychology, May 1999-March 2001.
  • Member of Executive Committee and Vise President, Turkish Psychological Association, 1997-1999.
  • Member of Executive Board, METU, Learning and Student Development Office (ÖGEB, Öğrenme ve Öğrenci Gelişim Birimi) 2007 -
  • Editor (and Founder), Turkish Psychological Articles (Türk Psikoloji Yazıları), 1998-2002.
  • Editor, Turkish Psychological Bulletin, Issues: #7, 8, 9, and 10, 1997-1998.
  • Editorial Consultant, IX. National Psychology Congress Scientific Studies, Turkish Psychological Association, Ankara, 1998.
  • Member of European Federation of Psychologists Association (EFPA), Committee on Scientific Affairs, representing Turkish Psychological Association, 2005-2012.
  • Turkish Psychological Association, Traffic Test Calibration Commission Member, 2000-2011.
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of TUBİM (Türkiye Uyuşturucu ve Uyuşturucu Bağımlılığı İzleme Merkezi), 2008-2013.
  • Co-Chair, 12th European Congress of Psychology, İstanbul, 2011.
  • Consultant to Traffic Research Department of Turkish National Police, March 2013-.

Academic Awards and Scholarships

  • Member of the Science Academy, Turkey, 2015
  • Fulbright Scholar Award, 2011.
  • METU Academic Performance Award, 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2012.
  • METU, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Parlar Foundation, the Thesis of the Year Award, given to Ayça Berfu Ünal’s master’s thesis, December, 2007.
  • METU, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Parlar Foundation, the Thesis of the Year Award, given to Metin Özdemir’s master’s thesis, December, 2002.
  • Scholarship for PhD studies by the Turkish Council of Higher Education (YÖK), 1991-1996.

Professional Memberships

  • Turkish Psychological Association
  • International Association for Relationship Research
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development
  • European Association for Research on Adolescence