Dr. Renée M. Tobin is Professor of counseling and school psychology at Temple University. She also serves as Chair of the Psychological Studies in Education department. She earned her master’s degree in social psychology and her doctoral degree in school psychology at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses broadly on personality and social development. Specifically, she is interested in individual and situational differences as predictors of children’s responsiveness to social-emotional interventions. Her work can be found in both applied and basic research outlets including Best Practices in School Psychology, School Psychology Quarterly, Psychological Science, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. She is also a co-author of DSM-5 Diagnosis in the Schools. She is currently serves on the editorial board for Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment and Journal of School Psychology.

Research Interests

  • Individual Differences
  • Research Methodology
  • Social Processes/Development

Selected Publications


  • Graziano, W.G. & Tobin, R.M. (2019). Theoretical conceptualizations of agreeableness and antagonism. In The Handbook of Antagonism: Conceptualizations, Assessment, Consequences, and Treatment of the Low End of Agreeableness (pp. 127-139). doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-814627-9.00009-8

  • Graziano, W.G. & Tobin, R. (2018). Agreeableness: A Three-level integration. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T.K. Shackelford (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Personality and Individual Differences Volume I: The Science of Personality and Individual Differences, 1 (pp. 212-234). SAGE.

  • Tobin, R.M. & Team, R.M. (2017). Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Programs. In Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences (pp. 1-3). doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_948-1

  • Huber, B.J., Austen, J.M., Tobin, R.M., Meyers, A.B., Shelvin, K.H., & Wells, M. (2016). Overcoming barriers to rural children’s mental health: an interconnected systems public health model. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 9(3-4), pp. 219-241. doi: 10.1080/1754730X.2016.1224121

  • Gadke, D.L., Tobin, R.M., & Schneider, W.J. (2016). Agreeableness, conflict resolution tactics, and school behavior in second graders. Journal of Individual Differences, 37(3), pp. 145-151. doi: 10.1027/1614-0001/a000199

  • Costa, P.X. & McCrae, R.R. (2016). NEO Personality Inventory. American Psychological Association (APA). doi: 10.1037/t07564-000

  • Graziano, W.G. & Tobin, R.M... (2016). Agreeableness and the Five Factor Model. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199352487.013.17

  • Meyers, A.B., Tobin, R.M., Huber, B.J., Conway, D.E., & Shelvin, K.H. (2015). Interdisciplinary Collaboration Supporting Social-Emotional Learning in Rural School Systems. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 25(2-3), pp. 109-128. doi: 10.1080/10474412.2014.929956

  • Tobin, R. & Gadke, D.L. (2015). Agreeableness. In J.D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (pp. 463-470). Oxford: Elsevier.

  • Tobin, R. & Herbstrith, J.C. (2014). Best practices in group counseling. In P.L. Harrison & A. Thomas (Eds.), Best Practices in School Psychology: Student-level services (pp. 305-319). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

  • Tobin, R., Schneider, W.J., & Landau, S. (2014). Best Practices in the Assessment of Youth With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Within a Multitiered Services Framework. In P. Harrison & A. Thomas (Eds.), Best Practices in School Psychology: Data-based and collaborative decision making (pp. 391-404). NASP.

  • Tobin, R.M. & Graziano, W.G. (2014). Development of regulatory processes through adolescence: A review of recent empirical studies. In Handbook of Personality Development (pp. 263-283). doi: 10.4324/9781315805610-22

  • Field, R.D., Tobin, R.M., & Reese-Weber, M. (2014). Agreeableness, social self-efficacy, and conflict resolution strategies. Journal of Individual Differences, 35(2), pp. 95-102. doi: 10.1027/1614-0001/a000131

  • Herbstrith, J.C., Tobin, R.M., Hesson-McInnis, M.S., & Schneider, W.J. (2013). Preservice teacher attitudes toward gay and lesbian parents. Sch Psychol Q, 28(3), pp. 183-194. United States. doi: 10.1037/spq0000022

  • Tobin, R.M. (2013). An Introduction to the Wechsler Intelligence Tests: Revisiting Theory and Practice. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 31(2), pp. 91-93. doi: 10.1177/0734282913478029

  • Wells, D.S., Crothers, L.M., Kolbert, J.B., Tobin, R.M., & Schmitt, A.J. (2013). Strategies for treating bullies. In Bullying in the Workplace: Causes, Symptoms, and Remedies (pp. 305-320). doi: 10.4324/9780203798638

  • Fuller, M.B., Wilson, M.A., & Tobin, R.M. (2011). The national survey of student engagement as a predictor of undergraduate GPA: A cross-sectional and longitudinal examination. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 36(6), pp. 735-748. doi: 10.1080/02602938.2010.488791

  • Tobin, R.M. & Graziano, W.G. (2011). The disappointing gift: dispositional and situational moderators of emotional expressions. J Exp Child Psychol, 110(2), pp. 227-240. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2011.02.010

  • Tobin, R.M. & Graziano, W.G. (2010). Delay of Gratification: A Review of Fifty Years of Regulation Research. In Handbook of Personality and Self-Regulation (pp. 47-63). doi: 10.1002/9781444318111.ch3

  • Graziano, W.G., Bruce, J., Sheese, B.E., & Tobin, R.M. (2007). Attraction, personality, and prejudice: liking none of the people most of the time. J Pers Soc Psychol, 93(4), pp. 565-582. United States. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.93.4.565

  • Graziano, W.G., Habashi, M.M., Sheese, B.E., & Tobin, R.M. (2007). Agreeableness, empathy, and helping: a person x situation perspective. J Pers Soc Psychol, 93(4), pp. 583-599. United States. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.93.4.583

  • Kahn, J.H., Tobin, R.M., Massey, A.E., & Anderson, J.A. (2007). Measuring emotional expression with the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count. Am J Psychol, 120(2), pp. 263-286. United States. Retrieved from

  • Kieras, J.E., Tobin, R.M., Graziano, W.G., & Rothbart, M.K. (2005). You can't always get what you want: effortful control and children's responses to undesirable gifts. Psychol Sci, 16(5), pp. 391-396. United States. doi: 10.1111/j.0956-7976.2005.01546.x

  • Zimmerman, C., Tobin, R.M., & Cossey, A. (2004). Reasoning about Ecological Systems. PROCEEDINGS of the TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE of the COGNITIVE SCIENCE SOCIETY, pp. 1661-1661. Retrieved from

  • Graziano, W.G. & Tobin, R.M. (2003). Emotion regulation from infancy through adolescence. In Well-Being: Positive Development Across the Life Course (pp. 139-154). doi: 10.4324/9781410607171

  • Graziano, W.G. & Tobin, R.M. (2002). Agreeableness: dimension of personality or social desirability artifact? J Pers, 70(5), pp. 695-727. United States. doi: 10.1111/1467-6494.05021

  • Tobin, R.M., Pologe, J.A., & Batchelder, P.B. (2002). A characterization of motion affecting pulse oximetry in 350 patients. Anesth Analg, 94(1 Suppl), pp. S54-S61. United States. Retrieved from

  • Graziano, W.G. & Tobin, R.M. (2002). Agreeableness: Dimension of personality or social desirability artifact? Journal of Personality, 70(5), pp. 695-728.

  • Tobin, R.M., Pologe, J.A., & Batchelder, P.B. (2002). A characterization of motion affecting pulse oximetry in 350 patients. ANESTHESIA and ANALGESIA, 94(1), pp. S54-S61. Retrieved from

  • Graziano, W.G. & Tobin, R.M. (2001). The distributed processing of narcissists: Paradox lost? PSYCHOLOGICAL INQUIRY, 12(4), pp. 219-222. Retrieved from

  • Tobin, R.M., Graziano, W.G., Vanman, E.J., & Tassinary, L.G. (2000). Personality, emotional experience, and efforts to control emotions. JOURNAL of PERSONALITY and SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 79(4), pp. 656-669. doi: 10.1037//0022-3514.79.4.656

  • Tobin, R.M., Graziano, W.G., Vanman, E.J., & Tassinary, L.G. (2000). Personality, emotional experience, and efforts to control emotions. J Pers Soc Psychol, 79(4), pp. 656-669. United States. Retrieved from

  • Vanman, E.J., Brennan, P.A., Tobin, R.M., & Tassinary, L.G. (1999). More than a blink: Facial electromyography activity as a function of valence, arousal, and affect intensity. PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, 36, pp. S119-S119. Retrieved from

  • Graziano, W.G. & Tobin, R.M. (1999). Historicity and the evolution of the individual psyche. EVOLUTION of the PSYCHE, pp. 62-77. Retrieved from

  • Graziano, W.G. & Tobin, R.M. (1998). What Do We Call the Outcome of Emotional Socialization? Psychological Inquiry, 9(4), pp. 285-287. doi: 10.1207/s15327965pli0904_7