Larry Bernard, Ph.D.





Office: University Hall 4755
Telephone: (310) 338-4592

Personal webpage:


B.A. , Southern California, 1970 
M.A. , California State University, Los Angeles, 1975 
Ph.D. , Southern California, 1980

Specialty/Areas of Interest:

Evolutionary  Psychology 
Personality / Individual Differences
Clinical Psychology 
Medical / Health Psychology 
Clinical Neuropsychology

Courses Taught:

PSYC 100 General Psychology (non-majors)
PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology (majors)
PSYC 325 Applied Sport Psychology
PSYC 331 Human Sexual Behavior
PSYC 430 Motivation & Emotion
PSYC 432 Health Psychology 
PSYC 438 Abnormal Psychology 

Brief Bio:

Founding President of the Society for the Study of Motivation (SSM), an international association of researchers in motivation science.

Recent Publications:

Bernard, L. C. (2012). Evolved individual differences in human motivation. In R. Ryan (Ed.), Oxford handbook of motivation (pp. 381-407). UK: Oxford University Press. [Published 2011 with a 2012 copyright]

Bernard, L.C. (2011). Making up for lost time: an evolutionary and developmental perspective on personality. [Review of the book Pathways to Individuality: Evolution and Development of Personality Traits by A. H. Buss]. PsycCRITIQUES.

Bernard, L. C. (2010). Motivation and personality: Relationships between putative motive dimensions and the five factor model of personality. Psychological Reports, 106, 613-631.

Bernard, L. C. (2009). Consensual and behavioral validity of a measure of adaptive individual differences dimensions in human motivation. Motivation and Emotion, 33, 303-319.

Bernard, L. C., Mills, M., Swenson, L., & Walsh, R. P. (2008). Measuring Motivation Multi-dimensionally: Development of the Assessment of Individual Motives-Questionnaire [AIM-Q]. In press. [Assessment]

Bernard, L. C. (2007). Sex and motivation: Differences in evolutionary psychology-based motives. In P. W. O’Neal (Ed.), Motivation of Health Behavior (pp.65-84). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Bernard, L. C. (2007). Assessing Individual Differences in Motivation: Convergent Validity of the Assessment of Individual Motives - Questionnaire [AIM-Q] and Measures of Aggression, Cognition, Playfulness, and Sexuality. In press. Individual Differences Research, 5, 158-174.

Bernard, L. C., Mills, M., Swenson, L., & Walsh, R. P. (2005). An Evolutionary Theory of Human Motivation. Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs, 131, 129-184.

Bernard, L. C., Walsh, R. P., & Mills, M. (2005). The Motivation Analysis Test: An historical and contemporary evaluation. Psychological Reports, 96, 464-492. 

Past Director of:

The Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology

Honors & Awards:

Blue Key National Honor Society

Clinical Credentials:

California Licensed Psychologist (inactive)