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Title: Guest Researcher
Office(s): Brain Aging and Behavior Section (BABS)
Phone Number: 443-310-7443
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Antonio Terracciano, Ph.D., Staff Scientist
Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience

National Institute on Aging, NIH, DHHS


1999 Doctoral degree in Psychology at the Second University of Naples "SUN" Thesis: Molecular analysis of genetic markers linked to male sexual orientation. Mentor: Prof. Bruno Varriale.

Doctoral degree in Pediatric Therapy and Developmental Pharmacology at the University of Cagliari
Thesis: Genetic Influences on Complex Traits in Outbred and Founder Populations: Personality Traits as Endophenotypes of Depression, Anxiety and other Psychiatric Disorders. Mentor: Prof. Antonio Cao.

Professional Experience

1994-1999 Student - Institute of Genetics & Biophysics “A. Buzzati-Traverso”, CNR, Italy.
1999-2004 Visiting Fellow - NIA/NIH


Research Fellow - NIA/NIH
2006- Staff Scientist - NIA/NIH


  1. Ciccodicola A, D'Esposito M, Esposito T, Gianfrancesco F, Migliaccio C, Miano MG, Matarazzo MR, Vacca M, Franze A, Cuccurese M, Cocchia M, Curci A, Terracciano A, Torino A, Cocchia S, Mercadante G, Pannone E, Archidiacono N, Rocchi M, Schlessinger D, & D'Urso M (2000). Differentially regulated and evolved genes in the fully sequenced Xq/Yq pseudoautosomal region. Human Molecular Genetics, 9, 395-401.
  2. Costa PT Jr., Terracciano A, & McCrae RR (2001). Gender differences in personality traits across cultures: Robust and surprising findings. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 322-331.
  3. McCrae RR, Costa, PT Jr., Terracciano A, Parker WD, Mills CJ, De Fruyt F, & Mervielde I (2002). Personality trait development from age 12 to age 18: longitudinal, cross-sectional, and cross-cultural analyses. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 83, 1456-68.
  4. Terracciano A, McCrae RR, & Costa, PT Jr. (2003). Factorial and construct validity of the Italian Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS). European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 19, 131-141.
  5. Terracciano A, McCrae RR, Hagemann D, & Costa PT Jr. (2003). Individual difference variables, affective differentiation, and the structures of affect. Journal of Personality, 71, 669-703.
  6. Terracciano A (2003). The Italian version of the NEO-PI-R: Conceptual and empirical support for the use of targeted rotation. Personality and Individual Differences, 35, 1859-1872.
  7. Terracciano A, Merritt M, Zonderman AB, & Evans MK (2003). Personality traits and sex differences in emotions recognition among African Americans and Caucasians. Annals of New York Academy of Sciences, 1000, 309-312.
  8. Terracciano A, & Costa PT Jr. (2004). Smoking and the Five-Factor Model of personality. Addiction, 99, 472-481.
  9. McCrae RR, Terracciano A, & 78 Members of the Personality Profiles of Cultures Project (2005). Universal features of personality traits from the observer’s perspective: Data from 50 cultures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 547-561.
  10. Monfregola J, Cevenini A, Terracciano A, van Vlies N, Arbucci S, Wanders RJA, D'Urso M, Vaz FM, & Ursini MV (2005). Functional analysis of TLMH variants and definition of domains required for catalytic activity and mitochondrial targeting. Journal of Cellular Physiology, 204, 839-847. [Abs]
  11. Terracciano A, Abdel-Khalek AM, Adam N, Adamovova L, Ahn CK, Ahn HN, Alansari BM, Alcalay L, Allik J, Angleitner A, Avia MD, Ayearst LE, Barbaranelli C, Beer A, Borg-Cunen MA, Bratko D, Brunner-Sciarra M, Budzinski L, Camart N, Dahourou D, De Fruyt F, de Lima MP, Del Pilar GE, Diener E, Falzon R, Fernando K, Fickova E, Fischer R, Flores-Mendoza C, Ghayur MA, Gulgoz S, Hagberg B, Halberstadt J, Halim MS, Hrebickova M, Humrichouse J, Jensen HH, Jocic DD, Jonsson FH, Khoury B, Klinkosz W, Knezevic G, Lauri MA, Leibovich N, Martin TA, Marusic I, Mastor KA, Matsumoto D, McRorie M, Meshcheriakov B, Mortensen EL, Munyae M, Nagy J, Nakazato K, Nansubuga F, Oishi S, Ojedokun AO, Ostendorf F, Paulhus DL, Pelevin S, Petot JM, Podobnik N, Porrata JL, Pramila VS, Prentice G, Realo A, Reategui N, Rolland JP, Rossier J, Ruch W, Rus VS, Sanchez-Bernardos ML, Schmidt V, Sciculna-Calleja S, Sekowski A, Shakespeare-Finch J, Shimonaka Y, Simonetti F, Sineshaw T, Siuta J, Smith PB, Trapnell PD, Trobst KK, Wang L, Yik M, Zupancic A, & McCrae RR (2005). National character does not reflect mean personality trait levels in 49 cultures. Science, 310, 96-100.
  12. McCrae RR, Terracciano A, & 79 Members of the Personality Profiles of Cultures Project (2005). Personality profiles of cultures: Aggregate personality traits. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 407-425.
  13. Terracciano A, McCrae RR, Brant LJ, & Costa PT Jr. (2005). Hierarchical linear modeling analyses of NEO-PI-R scales in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Psychology and Aging, 20, 493-506.
  14. Terracciano A, & McCrae RR (2006). How to measure national stereotypes? Response. Science, 311, 777-779.
  15. Terracciano A, McCrae RR, & Costa PT Jr. (2006). Longitudinal trajectories in Guilford-Zimmerman Temperament Survey data: Results from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 61B, P108-P116.
  16. McCrae RR, TerraccianoA, Costa PT Jr., & Ozer DJ (2006). Person factors in the California Adult Q-Set: Closing the door on personality trait types? European Journal of Personality, 20, 29-44.
  17. McCrae RR, TerraccianoA, Costa PT Jr., & Ozer DJ (2006). From types to typological thinking: A reply to Asendorpf. European Journal of Personality, 20, 49-51.
  18. Terracciano A, McCrae RR, & Costa PT Jr. (2006). Personality plasticity after age 30. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 999-1009. [Abs]
  19. Pilia G, Chen W, ScuteriA, OrrúM, Albai G, Dei M, Lai S, Usala G, Lai M, Loi P, Mameli C, Vacca L, DeianaM, OllaN, Masala M, CaoA, Najjar SS, Terracciano A, Nedorezov T, SharovA, Zonderman AB, Abecasis GR, Costa PT Jr, Lakatta E, & Schlessinger D (2006). Heritability of cardiovascular and personality traits in 6,148 Sardinians. PloS Genetics, 2: e132; 1207-1223.
  20. McCrae RR & Terracciano A (2006). National character and personality. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 15, 156-161.
  21. Terracciano A & McCrae RR (2006). Cross-cultural studies of personality traits and their relevance to psychiatry. Epidemiologia e Psichiatria Sociale, 15, 176-84.
  22. McCrae RR, Terracciano A, & Khoury B (2007). Dolce far niente: The positive psychology of personality stability and invariance. In A Ong, & M van Dulmen (Eds.), Handbook of Methods in Positive Psychology (pp. 176-188). New York: Oxford University Press.
  23. Costa PT Jr., Terracciano A, Uda M, Vacca L, Mameli C, Pilia G, Zonderman AB, Lakatta E, Schlessinger D, & McCrae RR (2007). Personality traits in Sardinia: Testing founder population effects on trait means and variances. Behavior Genetics, 37, 376-387.
  24. Terracciano A & McCrae RR (2007). Perceptions of Americans and the Iraq invasion: Implications for understanding national character stereotypes. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 38, 695-710.
  25. McCrae RR, Terracciano A, Realo A, & Allik J (2007). Climatic warmth and national wealth: Some culture-level determinants of national character stereotypes. European Journal of Personality, 21, 953-976.
  26. McCrae RR, Terracciano A, Realo A, & Allik J (2007). On the validity of culture-level personality and stereotype scores. European Journal of Personality, 21, 987-991
  27. McCrae RR, & Terracciano A (2008). The Five-Factor Model and its correlates in individuals and cultures. In FJR van de Vijver, DA van Hemert, & YH Poortinga (Eds.) Multilevel Analysis of Individuals and Cultures. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  28. Terracciano A, Loeckenhoff CE, RM Crum, OJ Bienvenu & Costa PT Jr. (2008) Five-Factor Model personality profiles of drug users. BMC Psychiatry, 8:22.[Abs]
  29. Loeckenhoff CE, Terracciano A, Bienvenu OJ, Patriciu NS, Nestadt G, McCrae RR, Eaton WW, & Costa PT Jr. (2008). Ethnicity, education, and the temporal stability of personality traits in the East Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 577-598.
  30. Terracciano A, Loeckenhoff CE, Zonderman AB, Ferrucci L, & Costa PT Jr. (2008). Personality predictors of longevity: Activity, Emotional Stability, and Conscientiousness. Psychosomatic Medicine, 70, 621-627.
  31. Terracciano A, McCrae RR, & Costa PT Jr. (2008). Personality traits: Stability and change with age. Geriatrics & Aging, 11, 474-478.
  32. McCrae RR, Terracciano A, Realo A, & Allik J (2008). Interpreting GLOBE societal practices scales. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 36, 805-810.
  33. Loeckenhoff CE, Terracciano A, Patriciu NS, Eaton WW, & Costa PT Jr. (2009). Self-reported extremely adverse life events and longitudinal changes in Five-Factor Model personality traits in an urban sample. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22, 53-59.
  34. Terracciano A, Sutin AR, McCrae RR, Deiana B, Ferrucci L, Schlessinger D, Uda M, & Costa PT Jr. (2009). Facets of personality linked to underweight and overweight. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71, 682-689.
  35. Loeckenhoff CE, Terracciano A, & Costa PT Jr. (2009). Five-Factor Model personality traits and the retirement transition: Longitudinal and cross-sectional associations. Psychology and Aging, 24, 722-728.
  36. De Fruyt F, De Bolle M, McCrae RR, Terracciano A, Costa PT Jr. & 43 Collaborators of the Adolescent Personality Profiles of Cultures Project (2009). Assessing the universal structure of personality in early adolescence: The NEO-PI-R and NEO-PI-3 in 24 cultures. Assessment, 16, 301-311.
  37. Terracciano A, Balaci L, Thayer J, Scally M, Kokinos S, Ferrucci L, Tanaka T, Zonderman AB, Sanna S, Olla N, Zuncheddu MA, Naitza S, Busonero F, Uda M, Schlessinger D, Abecasis GR, & Costa PT Jr. (2009). Variants of the serotonin transporter gene and NEO-PI-R Neuroticism: No association in the BLSA and SardiNIA samples. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 150B, 1070-1077.
  38. Loeckenhoff CE, De Fruyt F, Terracciano A, McCrae RR, De Bolle M, Costa PT Jr, Aguilar-Vafaie ME, Ahn CK, Ahn HN, Alcalay L, Allik J, Avdeyeva TV, Barbaranelli C, Benet-Martinez V, Blatný M, Bratko D, Cain TR, Crawford JT, Lima MP, Ficková E, Gheorghiu M, Halberstadt J, Hrebícková M, Jussim L, Klinkosz W, Knezević G, de Figueroa NL, Martin TA, Marusić I, Mastor KA, Miramontez DR, Nakazato K, Nansubuga F, Pramila VS, Realo A, Rolland JP, Rossier J, Schmidt V, Sekowski A, Shakespeare-Finch J, Shimonaka Y, Simonetti F, Siuta J, Smith PB, Szmigielska B, Wang L, Yamaguchi M, Yik M (2009).Perceptions of aging across 26 cultures and their culture-level associates. Psychology and Aging, 24, 941-954.
  39. Terracciano A (2010). Secular trends and personality: Perspectives from longitudinal and cross-cultural studies—Commentary on Trzesniewski & Donnellan. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5, 93-96.
  40. Tolea M, Costa PT Jr., Terracciano A, Griswold M, Simonsick EM, Najjar SS, Scuteri A, Deiana B, Orrù M, Masala M, Uda M, Schlessinger D, & Ferrucci L (2010) Sex-specific correlates of walking speed in a wide-age ranged population. Journals of Gerontology B: Psychological Sciences, 65B, 174-184.
  41. Terracciano A, McCrae RR, & Costa PT Jr. (2010). Intra-individual change in personality stability and age. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 31-37.
  42. Terracciano A, Sanna S, Uda M, Deiana B, Usala G, Busonero F, Maschio A, Scally M, Patriciu N, Chen W, Distel MA, Slagboom PE, Boomsma DI, Villafuerte S, Śliwerska E, Burmeister M, Amin N, Janssens ACJW, van Duijn CM, Schlessinger D, Abecasis GR, & Costa PT Jr. (2010). Genome-wide association scan for five major dimensions of personality. Molecular Psychiatry, 15, 647-656.
  43. Terracciano A, Tanaka T, Sutin AR, Deiana B, Balaci L, Sanna S, Olla N, Maschio A, Uda M, Ferrucci L, Schlessinger D, & Costa PT Jr. (2010) BDNF Val66Met is associated with Introversion and interacts with 5-HTTLPR to influence Neuroticism. Neuropsychopharmacology, 35, 1083-1089.
  44. Sutin AR, Terracciano A, Deiana B, Uda M, Schlessinger D, Lakatta E, & Costa PT Jr. (2010). Cholesterol, triglycerides, and the Five-Factor Model of personality. Biological Psychology, 84, 186-191.
  45. Sutin AR, Terracciano A, Ferrucci L, & Costa PT Jr. (2010). Teeth grinding: Is emotional stability related to bruxism? Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 402-405.
  46. Liu JZ, Tozzi F, Waterworth DM, Pillai SG, Muglia P, Middleton L, Berrettini W, Knouff CW, Yuan X, Waeber G, Vollenweider P, Preisig M, Wareham NJ, Zhao JH, Loos RJ, Barroso I, Khaw KT, Grundy S, Barter P, Mahley R, Kesaniemi A, McPherson R, Vincent JB, Strauss J, Kennedy JL, Farmer A, McGuffi n P, Day R, Matthews K, Bakke P, Gulsvik A, Lucae S, Ising M, Brueckl T, Horstmann S, Wichmann HE, Rawal R, Dahmen N, Lamina C, Polasek O, Zgaga L, Huffman J, Campbell S, Kooner J, Chambers JC, Burnett MS, Devaney JM, Pichard AD, Kent KM, Satler L, Lindsay JM, Waksman R, Epstein S, Wilson JF, Wild SH, Campbell H, Vitart V, Reilly MP, Li M, Qu L, Wilensky R, Matthai W, Hakonarson HH, Rader DJ, Franke A, Wittig M, Schäfer A, Uda M,Terracciano A, Xiao X, Busonero F, Scheet P, Schlessinger D, Clair DS, Rujescu D, Abecasis GR, Grabe HJ, Teumer A, Völzke H, Petersmann A, John U, Rudan I, Hayward C, Wright AF, Kolcic I, Wright BJ, Thompson JR, Balmforth AJ, Hall AS, Samani NJ, Anderson CA, Ahmad T, Mathew CG, Parkes M, Satsangi J, Caulfi eld M, Munroe PB, Farrall M, Dominiczak A, Worthington J, Thomson W, Eyre S, Barton A; The Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium, Mooser V, Francks C, & Marchini J. (2010). Meta-analysis and imputation refines the association of 15q25 with smoking quantity.Nature Genetics, 42, 436-440.
  47. McCrae RR, Terracciano A, De Fruyt F, De Bolle M, Gelfand MJ, Costa PT Jr. & 39 Collaborators of the Adolescent Personality Profiles of Cultures Project (2010). The validity and structure of culture-level personality scores: Data from ratings of young adolescentsJournal of Personality, 78, 815-838.
  48. Terracciano A*, Martin B*, Ansari D, Tanaka T, Ferrucci L, Maudsley S, Mattson MP, & Costa PT Jr. (2010). Plasma BDNF concentration, Val66Met genetic variant, and depression-related personality traitsGenes, Brain and Behavior 9, 512-518.
  49. Sutin AR, Terracciano A, Deiana B, Naitza S, Ferrucci L, Uda M, Schlessinger D, & Costa PT Jr. (2010). High Neuroticism and low Conscientiousness are associated with interleukin-6Psychological Medicine, 40, 1485-1493.
  50. Sutin AR, Scuteri A, Lakatta AG, Tarasov KV, Ferrucci L, Costa PT Jr., Schlessinger D, Uda M, & Terracciano A (2010). Trait antagonism and the progression of arterial thickening: Women with antagonistic traits have similar carotid arterial thickness as menHypertension, 56, 617-622.
  51. Terracciano A, Tanaka T, Sutin AR, Sanna S, Deiana B, Lai S, Uda M, Schlessinger D, Abecasis GR, Ferrucci L & Costa PT Jr. (2010). Genome-wide association scan of trait depressionBiological Psychiatry, 68, 811-817.
  52. Sutin AR, Costa PT Jr, Uda M, Ferrucci L, Schlessinger D, & Terracciano A (2010). Personality and metabolic syndromeAge, 32, 513-519. [Abs]
  53. McCrae RR, Scally M, Terracciano A, Abecasis GR, & Costa PT Jr. (2010). An alternative to the search for single polymorphisms: Toward molecular personality scales for the Five-Factor ModelJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 1014-1024.
  54. McCrae RR, Kurtz JE, Yamagata S, & Terracciano A (2011). Internal consistency, retest reliability, and their implications for personality scale validity.Personality and Social Psychology Review, 15, 28-50.
  55. Milaneschi Y, Bandinelli S, Penninx BW, Vogelzangs N, Corsi AM, Lauretani F, Kisialiou A, Vazzana R, Terracciano A, Guralnik JM, & Ferrucci L (2011). Depressive symptoms and inflammation increase in a prospective study of older adults: a protective effect of a healthy (Mediterranean-style) dietMolecular Psychiatry, 16, 589-590.
  56. de Moor MHM, Costa PT Jr., Terracciano A, Krueger RF, de Geus EJC, Tanaka T, Penninx BWJH, Esko T, Madden PAF, Derringer J, Amin N, Willemsen G, Hottenga JJ, Distel MA, Uda M, Sanna S, Spinhoven P, Hartman CA, Sullivan P, Realo A, Allik J, Heath AC, Pergadia ML, Agrawal A, Lin P, Grucza R, Nutile T, Ciullo M, Rujescu D, Giegling I, Konte B, Widen E, Cousminer DL, Eriksson JG, Palotie A, Peltonen L, Luciano M, Tenesa A, Davies G, Lopez LM, Hansell NK, Medland SE, Ferrucci L, Schlessinger D, Montgomery GW, Wright MJ, Aulchenko YS, Janssens ACJW, Oostra BA, Metspalu A, Abecasis GR, Deary IJ, Räikkönen K, Bierut LJ, Martin NG, van Duijn CM, & Boomsma DI (in press). Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies for personality. Molecular Psychiatry
  57. Loeckenhoff CE, Terracciano A, Ferrucci L, & Costa PT Jr. Five-Factor personality traits and age trajectories of self-rated health: The role of question framingJournal of Personality
  58. Sutin AR, Terracciano A, Kitner-Triolo MH, Uda M, Schlessinger D, & Zonderman AB  Personality traits prospectively predict verbal fluency in a lifespan samplePsychology and Aging
  59. Tolea M, Terracciano A, Milaneschi Y, Simonsick EM, Metter EM, & Ferrucci L Personality typology in relation to muscle strength. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
  60. Sutin AR, Ferrucci L, Zonderman AB, & Terracciano A Personality and obesity across the adult life span. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology [Abs]
  61. Terracciano A, Lobina M, Piras MG, Mulas A, Cannas A, Meirelles O, Sutin AR, Zonderman AB, Uda M, Crisponi L, & Schlessinger D . Neuroticism, depressive symptoms, and serum BDNF. Psychosomatic Medicine
  62. Chan W, McCrae RR, Rogers DL, Weimer AA, Greenberg DM, & Terracciano A. Rater wealth predicts perceptions of outgroup competence.Journal of Research in Personality
  63. Terracciano A, Esko T, Sutin AR, de Moor MHM, Meirelles O, Zhu G, Tanaka T, Giegling I, Nutile T, Realo A, Allik J, Hansell NK, Wright MJ, Montgomery GW, Willemsen G, Hottenga JJ, Friedl M, Ruggiero D, Sorice R, Sanna S, Cannas A, Räikkönen K, Widen E, Palotie A, Eriksson JG, Cucca F, Krueger RF, Lahti J, Luciano M, Smoller JW, van Duijn CM, Abecasis GR, Boomsma DI, Ciullo M, Costa PT Jr., Ferrucci L, Martin NG, Metspalu A, Rujescu D, Schlessinger D, & Uda M (in press). Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies common variants in CTNNA associated with Excitement-Seeking. Translational Psychiatry

Honors and Other Scientific Recognition

  • Fellowships from Milano Ricerche
  • Fellowships from Foundation Adriano Buzzati-Traverso
  • Fellowships from Telethon Italy
  • NIA On the Spot Award, Staff Recognition Award, and Special Act Award
  • Giuseppe Pilia Foundation Award
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Fellow: Association for Psychological Science

Professional Activities

2005 Co-Chair for APA Division 5 Program Committee
2006-2010 Associate Editor: The Score Newsletter
2005-2008 Editorial board: European Journal of Personality
2010 Editorial board: Social Psychological and Personality Science
2010- Editorial board: Assessment

Ad Hoc Reviewer

Addiction Addictive Behaviors
Age Archives of Internal Medicine
Behavior Genetics Biological Psychology
Biological Psychiatry BMC Psychiatry
The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Cross-Cultural Research Developmental Psychology
Drug and Alcohol Dependence Genes, Brain and Behavior
Health Psychology Human Psychopharmacology
International Journal of Obesity International Journal of Psychology
International Psychogeriatrics Journal of Affective Disorders
Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology Journal of Drug Issues
Journal of Family Psychology Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Science
Journal of Health Psychology Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Journal of Personality Journal of Personality Assessment
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Journal of Research in Personality Journal of Studies on Alcohol
NeuroMolecular Medicine Nicotine & Tobacco Research
Personality and Individual Differences Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Personality and Social Psychology Review Perspectives on Psychological Science
Psychiatry Research Psychology and Aging
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors Psychological Medicine
Psychological Methods Psychological Science
Psychoneuroendocrinology Psychosomatic Medicine
National Science Foundation

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Antonio Terracciano, Ph.D.