Jack W. Berry
Associate Professor
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Office: 213 Ingalls Hall
Email: jwberry@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2358

Dr. Berry specializes in personality and individual differences, psychotherapy research, and psychological measurement. Much of his research has focused on forgiveness, moral identity, altruistic personality traits, and other areas in the field of positive psychology (the study of human strengths and virtues). His most recent research involves personality assessment in rehabilitation psychology, including studies of the role of temperament traits in predicting injuries among children and the influence of personality configurations on psychological adjustment among adults with traumatic injuries. In collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute, Dr. Berry has also conducted research on personality disorders among zoo-housed chimpanzees. Dr. Berry is an active research consultant, providing statistical and measurement expertise to researchers in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including psychology, psychiatry, social work, education, and medicine. He has collaborated on many randomized clinical trials of cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy.

When he his not working, Dr. Berry enjoys cooking, eating, obsessing over philosophy and theology and football, and reading Nero Wolfe detective novels.

Degrees and Certifications

  • BA, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Ph.D., The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA
  • Post Doctoral Fellowships: Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University; UAB Injury Control Research Center, School of Medicine, Department of Immunology-Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Awards and Honors

  • Editorial Board Member, Statistical Consultant,


  • Berry, J.W. & Schwebel, D. (2009). Configural approaches to temperament assessment: Implications for risk of unintentional injury in children. Journal of Personality, 77, in press.
  • Elliott, T.R., Berry, J.W., & Grant, J.S. (2009). Problem-solving training for family caregivers of women with disabilities: A randomized clinical trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47, 548-558.
  • Dreer, L., Berry, J.W., Rivera, P., Swanson, M., Shewchuk,R., & Elliott, T. (2009). An efficient assessment of social problem solving abilities in medical and rehabilitation settings: A Rasch analysis of the Social Problem-Solving Inventory-Revised. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 65, 653-669.
  • Berry, J.W., & Chew, S.L. (2008). Improving learning through interventions of student-generated questions and concept maps. Teaching of Psychology, 35, 305-312.
  • Dreer, L.E., Elliott, T.R., Berry, J.W., Fletcher, D.C., Swanson, M., & McNeal, O.D. (2008). Cognitive appraisals, distress, and disability among persons in low vision rehabilitation. British Journal of Health Psychology, 13, 49-461.
  • Kwok, O., Underhill, A.T., Berry, J.W., Luo, W., LoBello, S.G., Yoon, M., & Elliott, T.R. (2008). Analyzing data with multilevel models: An example with individuals living with lower extremity intra-articular fractures. Rehabilitation Psychology, 53, 370-386.
  • Rivera, P., Elliott, T.R., Berry, J.W., & Grant, J.S. (2008). Problem solving training for family caregivers of persons with traumatic brain injury: A randomized controlled trial. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89, 931-941.
  • Berry, J.W., Elliott, T.R., & Rivera, P. (2007). Resilient, undercontrolled, and overcontrolled personality prototypes among persons with spinal cord injury. Journal of Personality Assessment, 89, 292-302.
  • O'Connor, L.E., Berry, J.W., Lewis, T., Mulherin, K., & Yi, E. (2006). Empathy and depression: The moral system on overdrive. In T. Farrow (Ed.), Empathy disorders in psychopathology, Oxford University Press.
  • Berry, J.W., Worthington, E.L., Jr., O'Connor, L., Parrott, L. III, & Wade, N.G. (2005). Forgivingness, vengeful rumination, and affective traits. Journal of Personality, 73, 183-226.
  • Berry, J.W., Worthington, E.L., Jr., Wade, N.G., Witvliet, C., & Kiefer, R. (2005). Forgiveness, moral identity, and perceived justice in crime victims and their supporters. Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, 29, 136-162.
  • Worthington, E.L., Jr., & Berry, J.W. (2005). Virtues, vices, and character education. In W.R. Miller & H.D. Delaney (Eds.), Judeo-Christian perspectives on psychology: Human nature, motivation, and change (pp.145-164). Washington, DC: APA Books.
  • O'Connor, L.E., Berry, J.W., Weiss, J., & Gilbert, P. (2002). Guilt, fear, submission, and empathy in depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 71, 19-27.
  • Berry, J.W., & Worthington, E.L., Jr. (2001). Forgivingness, relationship quality, stress while imagining relationship events, and physical and mental health. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 48, 447-455.
  • Berry, J.W., Worthington, E.L., Jr., Parrott, L. III, O'Connor, L., & Wade, N.G. (2001). Dispositional forgivingness: Development and construct validity of the Transgression Narrative Test of Forgivingness (TNTF). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 1277-1290.
  • O'Connor, L. E., Berry, J. W., Weiss, J., Bush, M., & Sampson, H. (1997). Interpersonal guilt: The development of a new measure. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53, 73-89.


  • Assessment of personality and individual differences
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy