Emily Dowgwillo

Emily Dowgwillo

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Associate Director of the Psychology Clinic

Emily Dowgwillo
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Reno
Room: 222
Phone: 313-578-0562
Emily Dowgwillo


  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S., Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University


Emily A. Dowgwillo earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pennsylvania State University. Dowgwillo joined the University of Detroit Mercy in 2020 after completing her clinical internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She teaches psychology to undergraduate and graduate students and has been appointed the associate director of the psychology clinic. 

Dowgwillo's program of research examines the between and within personal assessment of co-occurring personality dysfunction, psychopathology and interpersonal dynamics in daily life, with the ultimate goal of identifying person specific interventions that can be administered in the moment using smartphone technology. In pursuing these research domains, she relies on intensive longitudinal data (e.g. using ecological momentary assessments), utilizes advanced quantitative methods such as multilevel models, parallel process growth curve models, structural equation models and person-specific (i.e. idiographic) models.  Her research hopes to answer three questions:

  1. How can transdiagnostic dimensional models of personality and psychopathology aid our understanding and treatment of the clinical manifestations of a broad range of psychological symptoms?
  2. How do our perceptions of ourselves and other people influence our emotions, psychological symptoms, and behavior in our daily life to create our experience?
  3. How can advances in technology help us to capture and intervene in person specific and intrapersonal dynamics over different periods of time? 



    Peer Reviewed Manuscripts & Book Chapters

    Peer Reviewed Manuscripts

    Ménard, K. S., Dowgwillo, E. A., & Pincus, A. L., (in press). The role of gender, child maltreatment, alcohol expectancies, and personality pathology on relationship violence among college students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 

    Dowgwillo, E. A., Pincus, A. L., & Lenzenweger, M. F., (2019). A parallel process latent growth model of narcissistic personality disorder symptoms and normal personality traits. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment. 10, 257–266. 

    Dowgwillo, E. A., Roche, M. J., & Pincus, A. L., (2018) Examining the interpersonal nature of Criterion A of the DSM-5 section III alternative model for personality disorders using bootstrapped confidence intervals for the interpersonal circumplex. Journal of Personality Assessment. 100, 581-592. 

    Benning, S. D., Molina, S. M., Dowgwillo, E. A., Patrick, C. J., Miller, K. F., & Storrow, A. B. (2018). Psychopathy in the medical emergency department. Journal of Personality Disorders, 32, 482-496. 

    Dowgwillo, E. A., & Pincus, A. L., (2017). Differentiating dark triad traits within and across interpersonal circumplex surfaces. Assessment, 24, 24-44. 

    Pincus, A. L., Dowgwillo, E. A., & Greenberg, L. (2016). Three cases of narcissistic personality disorder through the lens of the DSM-5 alternative model for personality disorders. Practice Innovations, 1, 164-177. 

    Fossati, A., Somma, A., Pincus, A. Borroni, S., & Dowgwillo, E. A., (2016). Differentiating community dwellers at risk for pathological narcissism from community dwellers at risk for psychopathy using measures of emotion recognition and subjective emotional activation. Journal of Personality Disorders, 30, 1-21.

    Dowgwillo, E. A., Ménard, K. S., Krueger, R. F., & Pincus, A. L., (2016). DSM-5 pathological personality traits and intimate partner violence among college students. Violence and Victims, 31, 416-437.

    Wu, L. Z., Roche, M. J., Dowgwillo, E. A., Wang, S., & Pincus, A. L. (2015). A Chinese translation of the inventory of interpersonal problems–short circumplex. Journal of Personality Assessment, 97, 153-162.

    Book Chapters

    Dowgwillo, E. A., Pincus, A. L., Molenaar, P. C. M., Levy, K. N., Newman, M. G., & Wilson, S. J. (2019). Two methods for investigating personality pathology and interpersonal perception in daily life. In L. Truslow & J. Rahmaan (Eds.), Personality Disorders: What We Know and Future Directions for Research (pp. 31-106). New York, NY: NOVA Science Publishers.

    Dawood, S., Dowgwillo, E. A., Wu, L. Z., & Pincus, A. L., (2018). Contemporary integrative interpersonal theory. In V. Ziegler-Hill & T. Shackelford (Eds.), SAGE handbook of personality and individual differences (pp. 171-202). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

    Dowgwillo, E.A., Dawood, S., & Pincus, A.L. (2018). Narcisismo patologico, abuso di sostanze e dipendenze comportamentali. In A. Fossati & S. Borroni (Eds.), Narcisismo patologico: Aspetti clinici e foresni (pp. 81-100)/Pathological narcissism, substance abuse, and behavioral addictions. In A. Fossati & S. Borroni (Eds.), Pathological narcissism: Clinical and forensic aspects (pp. 81-100). Milan, Italy: Raffaello Cortina.

    Bliton, C.F., Dowgwillo, E.A., Dawood, S., & Pincus, A.L. (2017). Personality disorders. In V. Zeigler-Hill and T. Shackleford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences. New York: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_923-1

    Dowgwillo, E. A., Dawood, S., & Pincus, A. L., (2016). The dark side of narcissism. In V. Ziegler-Hill & D. Marcus (Eds.), The dark side of personality: Science and practice in social, personality, and clinical psychology (pp. 25-44). Washington D. C.: American Psychological Association.