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Kenneth Locke



Student Health Center 208



Mailing Address

Department of Psychology & Communication
University of Idaho MS 3043
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3043

Kenneth Locke's teaching focuses on personality psychology and human sexuality, and his research focuses on the assessment and modeling of social dispositions and dynamics.

  • Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University, 1989
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Maryland, 1984

After receiving his doctorate from Stanford University in 1989, Ken Locke held a variety of teaching, research and clinical positions before joining the University of Idaho Department of Psychology and Communication Studies in 1996. Locke was promoted to full professor in 2004 and served as Department Chair from 2007-2012. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles or book chapters on topics spanning personality, social, clinical, organizational and cross-cultural psychology. Locke teaches popular undergraduate courses on personality and sexuality; indeed, his Human Sexuality course was several times voted "best course" at the university, but he readily acknowledges that the course material—not the course instructor—deserves the credit. Finally, Locke is also a Licensed Psychologist, focusing on assessment of interpersonal dispositions and childhood disorders. 

  • Assessing/modeling interpersonal dispositions
  • Cultural universals/variations in social behavior
  • Social comparisons

  • Google Scholar Profile
  • Locke, K. D., Church, A. T., Mastor, K. A., Curtis, G. J., Sadler, P., McDonald, K., Vargas-Flores, J. D., Ibáñez-Reyes, J., Morio, H., Reyes, J. A., Cabrera, H. F., Mazuera Arias, R.,  Rincon, B. C., Albornoz-Arias, N. C., Muñoz, A., & Ortiz, F. (2017). Cross-situational self-consistency in nine cultures: The importance of separating influences of social norms and distinctive dispositions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 1033-1049. doi:10.1177/0146167217704192
  • Locke, K. D., Sayegh, L., Penberthy, J. K., Weber, C., Haentjens, K., & Turecki, G. (2017). Interpersonal circumplex profiles of persistent depression: Goals, self-efficacy, problems, and effects of group therapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73, 595-611. doi:10.1002/jclp.22343
  • Locke, K. D., & Heller, S. (2017). Communal and agentic interpersonal and intergroup motives predict preferences for status versus power. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 71-86. doi:10.1177/0146167216675333
  • Locke, K. D., & Mitchell, G. E. (2016). Self-perceptions, parent-perceptions, and meta-perceptions of the interpersonal efficacy of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 13, 19-29. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2016.07.006
  • Locke, K. D. (2015). Agentic and communal social motives. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9(10), 525–538. doi:10.1111/spc3.12201
  • Locke, K. D. (2014). Circumplex Scales of Intergroup Goals: An interpersonal circle model of goals for interactions between groups. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 433-449. doi: 10.1177/0146167213514280
  • Locke, K. D., Zheng, D., & Smith, J. (2014). Establishing commonality versus affirming distinctiveness: Patterns of personality judgments in China and the United States. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5(4), 389-397. doi: 10.1177/1948550613506718
  • Locke, K. D., Craig, T. Y., Baik, K., & Gohil, K. (2012). Binds and bounds of communion: Effects of interpersonal values on assumed similarity of self and others. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 879-897.doi:10.1037/a0029422

Psychology & Communication

Physical Address:
206 Student Health Center

Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communication
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Phone: 208-885-6324

Fax: 208-885-7710


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