The awards committee of the San Diego Sigma Xi Chapter has nominated Dr. Jean M. Twenge for the 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award. Dr. Twenge pioneered a new research method, cross-temporal meta-analysis, and used it to become the first psychologist to study birth cohort effects in a systematic way. She has also performed ground-breaking research on the effects of social rejection and exlusion on behavior.
Her work finds that the time when persons were born, and thus the culture in which those persons grew up, shapes their personalities just as much or more than the influence of the family who raised them. Her research has led her to the authorship of the well-received book Generation Me and the coauthorship of a second book, The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement.
Dr. Twenge earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1998. She arrived at San Diego State University as an assistant professor of psychology in 2001. She is now a professor of psychology and has published nearly 50 articles in refereed science journals with her students.