Julie Aitken Schermer

Julie Aitken (Harris) Schermer

(formerly Harris)
PhD, Psychology, University of Western Ontario (1999)

Office: SSC 4429
Phone: 519-661-2111 x84699
Email: jharris@uwo.ca
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Julie Aitken Schermer (formerly Harris) is a jointly appointed Professor in the Department of Management and Organizational Studies and the Psychology Department at The University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. She was an assistant professor at Brescia University College, London, Ontario for two years.  She was then hired as an assistant professor in the Administrative and Commercial Studies Program (later the Department of Management and Organizational Studies) in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Western Ontario where she was tenured in 2006 and became full professor in 2014. She has authored or co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed articles, 10 book chapters, 3 editions of a Canadian Business Statistics textbook, the vocational interest measure, the Jackson Career Explorer, as well as over 115 conference presentations. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Journal of Career Assessment, Journal of Intelligence, Personality and Individual Differences, and Twin Research and Human Genetics. She is a section editor-in-chief for Personality and Individual Differences, a co-section editor-in-chief for Acta Psychologica, associate editor for Current Research in Behavioral Sciences, and is on the editorial boards for Journal of Intelligence, Current Psychology, and Behavioral Sciences.

Julie Aitken Schermer’s research interests include personality, intelligence, vocational interests, loneliness, humor styles, and behaviour genetics.  In her past research, she has shown loneliness has a genetic component and that people who engage in self-defeating humor score higher in self-report loneliness. She has also demonstrated that there is greater variability in personality for individuals who score higher in measured intelligence.  Presently, she is working on refining her vocational interest measure, the Jackson Career Explorer, examining how hope relates to other individual difference variables, and examining cross-cultural differences in shyness.


Personality and Individual Differences, Psychological Test Construction


Personality, Vocational Interests, Loneliness, Humor


Schermer, J.A. (2023). A desire for a loud car with a modified muffler is predicted by being a man and higher scores on psychopathy and sadism. Current Issues in Personality Psychology. https://doi.org/10.5114/cipp/162006

Schermer, J.A., Rogoza, R., Branković, M., Oviedo-Trespalacios, O., Volkodav, T., Ha, T.K., ... Krammer, G. (in press). Humor styles are related to loneliness across 15 countries. Europe’s Journal of Psychology.

Schermer, J.A., Furnham, A., & Treglown, L. (2022). Testing the differentiation of intelligence by neuroticism hypothesis. Current Research in Behavioral Sciences, 3, 100073. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crbeha.2022.100073

Schermer, J.A. & Goffin, R.D. (2021). The structure of an intelligence measure when higher and lower personality scorers are compared. Personality and Individual Differences, 110402. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2020.110402

Schermer, J.A. & Martin, N. G. (2019). A Behavior Genetic Analysis of Personality and Loneliness. Journal of Research in Personality, 78, 133-137.

Schermer, J. A., Martin, R. A., Martin, N. G., Lynskey, M. T., Trull, T. J., & Vernon, P. A. (2015). Humor styles and borderline personality. Personality and Individual Differences, 87(1), 158-161.

Schermer, J. A. (2012). The Jackson Career Explorer: Two further validity studies. Journal of Career Assessment, 20(4), 507-519.

Harris, J. A. (2004). Measured intelligence, achievement, openness to experience, and creativity. Personality and Individual Differences36(4), 913-929.

Harris, J. A., Vernon, P. A., & Boomsma, D. I. (1998). The heritability of testosterone: A study of Dutch adolescent twins and their families. Behavior Genetics28(3), 165-171.