Robert Hogan (psychologist)

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Robert Hogan
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Robert Hogan

1937 (age 84–85)
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Known forPersonality testing
Joyce Hogan
(m. 1974; died 2012)
Wendy Hogan
(m. 2014)
Scientific career
InstitutionsJohns Hopkins University, University of Tulsa

Robert Hogan (born 1937, Los Angeles) is an American psychologist whose work centers on personality testing, leadership, and organizational effectiveness.

Early life[edit]

Hogan was born in Los Angeles in 1937 and grew up in Fontana, California, a rural area at the time. His parents moved to California from Oklahoma during the Great Depression.[1][better source needed]


While Hogan was in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, he began attending UCLA on a Navy scholarship and graduated in 1960.[2][page needed][failed verification]

He earned a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, in personality psychology in 1967.[3]


After undergraduate school, Hogan served as a U.S. Navy officer from 1960 to 1963. His gunnery unit became the highest-performing unit on the ship, earning him a letter of commendation from the Secretary of the Navy.[2][better source needed] After serving in the navy, he worked for the San Bernardino County Probation Department from 1963 to 1964.[2][better source needed]

Hogan is a University of Tulsa professor emeritus of psychology.[4]

In 1987 he co-founded Hogan Assessment Systems, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[5][failed verification]

He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association[6] and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.[citation needed]

Hogan Assessment Systems[edit]

Hogan Assessment Systems was founded in 1987 by Hogan and his wife, Joyce Hogan. Hogan remains president of Hogan Assessments.[7][unreliable source?]

Personality psychology research[edit]

Hogan and his wife developed a framework they call socioanalytic theory.[8][better source needed] Their theory postulates two competing motivations: a desire to get along with others and a desire for status and power. Socioanalytic theory has been studied in relation to job performance and promotion criteria.[9]


His book Personality and the Fate of Organizations was published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates in June 2006. The 167-page book discusses Hogan's theories on the nature of personality and suggests how his theory can guide organizations' employment decisions.[citation needed] He is the co-editor of Handbook of Personality Psychology and has published "Hogan Personality Inventory," "Hogan Development Survey," "Motives Values," "Preferences Inventory," "Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory," and Hogan Guide (2007).[citation needed] In 2012 he and Gordon Curphy authored The Rocket Model.[10]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • "A socioanalytic theory of personality". In M. Page & R. Dienstbier (Eds.) Nebraska Symposium on Motivation. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1982. Pp. 55–89.[11]
  • "Traits, tests, and personality research" (with C. B. DeSoto & C. Solano). American Psychologist, 1977, 6, 255–264.[12]
  • Hogan, R. (2006). Personality and the Fate of Organizations. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.[13]
  • Hogan, R. Blickle, G. (2018). "Socioanalytic theory: Basic concepts, supporting evidence, and practical implications". In V. Zeigler-Hill & TK. Shackleford (Eds.). Sage Handbook of Personality and Individual Differences. New York: Sage. Pp. 110–129.[14]
  • Hogan, R. Chamorro-Premuzic, T. "Personality and the laws of history". In T. Chamorro-Premuzic (ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of individual differences. London: Wiley-Blackwell. Pp 501–521.[15]
  • Hogan, R., Curphy, G., Hogan, J. (1994). "What we know about leadership". American Psychologist, 49, 493–504.[16]
  • Hogan, R., Hogan, J. (1995). The Hogan Personality Inventory manual (2nd ed.). Tulsa, OK: Hogan Assessment Systems.[17]
  • Hogan, R., Hogan, J. (1997). Hogan Development Survey Manual. Tulsa, OK: Hogan Assessment Systems.[18]
  • Hogan, R., Hogan, J., Roberts, B. W. (1996). "Personality measurement and employment decisions: Questions and answers". American Psychologist, 51, 469–477.[19]
  • Hogan, R., Raskin, R., Fazzini, D. (1990). "The dark side of charisma". In K. E. Clark & M. B. Clark (Eds.). Measures of leadership. Greensboro: Center for Creative Leadership. Pp. 343–354.[20]
  • Hogan, R., Shelton, D. (1998). "A Socioanalytic Perspective on Job Performance". Human Performance, 12, 129–144.[21]
  • Hogan, R., Smither, R. (2001). Personality: Theories and Applications. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.[22]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2020 he received the RHR International Award for Excellence in Consulting Psychology at the Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP) annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[23]


  1. ^ "We Don't Build Bridges from Instinct: An Interview with Dr. Robert Hogan". June 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Kaiser, Rob. "Robert Hogan and the Revival of Personality Theory and Assessment" (PDF). Hogan Assessments. Retrieved September 14, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Oklahoma Psychologists License Renewal". Retrieved June 7, 2016.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Time magazine cites TU professor emeritus". Kendall College of Arts and Sciences. The University of Tulsa. September 8, 2015.
  5. ^ "Team Hogan | Hogan Assessments". Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Fellows Database". American Psychological Association. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "Top contributions of Dr. Robert Hogan in the field of psychology". November 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Theory Behind Measuring Personality" (PDF). Hogan Assessments.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Blickle, Gerhard; Fröhlich, Julia K.; Ehlert, Sandra; Pirner, Katharina; Dietl, Erik; Hanes, T. Johnston; Ferris, Gerald R. (February 1, 2011). "Socioanalytic theory and work behavior: Roles of work values and political skill in job performance and promotability assessment". Journal of Vocational Behavior. 78 (1): 136–148. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2010.05.010. ISSN 0001-8791.
  10. ^ Curphy, Gordon; Hogan, Robert (April 26, 2012). The Rocket Model: Practical Advice for Building High Performing Teams. Hogan Press. ISBN 9780984096985.
  11. ^ Hogan, R. (1983). "A socioanalytic theory of personality". Nebraska Symposium on Motivation. Nebraska Symposium on Motivation: 55–89. PMID 6843718.
  12. ^ "Handbook of Personality Psychology - PDF Free Download".
  13. ^ "Personality and the Fate of Organizations by Robert Hogan". Personnel Psychology. 60 (4): 1055–1058. 2007. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6570.2007.00101_2.x.
  14. ^ "Socioanalytic theory: Basic concepts, supporting evidence and practical implications". APA PsycNet.
  15. ^ "The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Individual Differences | Wiley".
  16. ^ Kaiser, Robert B.; Curphy, Gordy (2013). "Leadership development: The failure of an industry and the opportunity for consulting psychologists". Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research. 65 (4): 294–302. doi:10.1037/a0035460.
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  19. ^ "Personality measurement and employment decisions: Questions and answers". APA PsycNet.
  20. ^ Paulhus, Delroy L.; Williams, Kevin M. (2002). "The Dark Triad of personality: Narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy". Journal of Research in Personality. 36 (6): 556–563. doi:10.1016/S0092-6566(02)00505-6.
  21. ^ Hogan, Robert; Shelton, Dana (1998). "A Socioanalytic Perspective on Job Performance". Human Performance. 11 (2–3): 129–144. doi:10.1080/08959285.1998.9668028.
  22. ^ Hogan, Robert; Smither, Robert (2008). Personality: Theories and Applications. ISBN 978-0981645735.
  23. ^ "Dr. Robert Hogan Receives RHR International Award for Excellence in Consulting Psychology" (Press release). Tulsa, Oklahoma: Hogan Assessment System. February 18, 2020 – via Business Wire.

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