Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Piedmont, Ralph

  • Marion E. ToscanoEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_9248

Education and Training Background

Ralph L. Piedmont started his educational journey at Iona College in New York, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in psychology and history. Awarded a graduate fellowship, he attended Boston University where he obtained his M.A. and, under the mentorship of Dr. Henry Weinberg, received his Ph.D. degree in personality psychology. After graduation, Dr. Piedmont secured a position at the National Institute of Aging as a postdoctoral fellow working for Drs. Paul T. Costa Jr. and Robert R. McCrae. During this time, Dr. Piedmont assisted in furthering the validity of the five-factor model (FFM) of personality as an empirically robust taxonomy for understanding human motivation as well as helping to establish the utility of the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised (NEO-PI-R) as viable measure of the FFM constructs.


Acknowledging his time learning and working with the FFM as pivotal to his understanding of the human condition and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pastoral CounselingLoyola University MarylandColumbiaUSA