Robert M. Arkin (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is a social psychologist and member of the social program faculty at The Ohio State University. He is primarily known for his research on self-handicapping.
Arkin’s research concerns the self in social interaction, with special emphasis on the uncertain self (self-doubt; self-handicapping and overachievement; personal security and insecurity in the post 9/11 era). Arkin developed the Subjective Overachievement Scale more than a decade ago to tap feelings of self-doubt coupled with a performance outcome concerns. He is Editor of the 2011 book "Most Underappreciated: 50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work”, Handbook of the Uncertain Self (with co-editors Kathryn Oleson and Patrick Carroll), and the forthcoming Handbook of Personal Security (with co-editors Patrick Carroll and Aaron Wichman).
Honors and Distinctions
Arkin is a member of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. Arkin has served more than fourteen years as Associate Editor (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin) and Editor (Basic and Applied Social Psychology) of major journals in the discipline. Other honors include: The Middlebush Chair in Psychology (University of Missouri); serving as Undergraduate Dean (The Ohio State University); several Department, University and national teaching awards, including the Psi Chi National Distinguished Speaker Award in 2001.