Robert Shilkret

Norma Cutts DaFoe Professor of Psychology


  • B.A., Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A., Clark University
  • Ph.D., Clark University

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Concepts of Abnormality
  • Psychoanalytic Psychology (seminar)
  • Laboratory in Personality Research: Quantitative Methods
  • Laboratory in Psychological Assessment
  • First Love: Attachment Theory and Research (seminar)


My current work deals with college students’ development, including how they accomplish goals and overcome unconscious obstructions, and the relations between earlier parenting experiences and college adjustment.

Recent Publications

Locke, G. W., Shilkret, R., Everett, J. E., & Petry, N. M. (2013). Interpersonal guilt in college student pathological gamblers. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 39 (1), 28-32.

Shilkret, R. (2012, February 8). A nonhysterical book about hysteria [Review of the book Medical muses: Hysteria in nineteenth-century Paris]. PsychCRITIQUES—Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 57 (Issue 6), Article 4. Retrieved February 10, 2012, from the PsycCRITIQUES database.

Shilkret, R. & Shilkret C.J. (2011). Attachment Theory (pp. 186-207) and Schamess, G. & Shilkret, R. (2008). Ego psychology (pp. 62-96), both in J. Berzoff, L.M. Flanagan, & P. Hertz (Eds.) Inside out and outside in: Psychodynamic clinical theory and psychopathology in contemporary multicultural contexts, 3rd ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Shilkret, R. (2010, Oct. 27). Hysteria in France before Charcot and Freud [Review of the book Hysteria complicated by ecstasy: The case of Nanette Leroux]. PsychCRITIQUES - Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 55( No. 43), Article 1.

Shilkret R. (2010). Moral treatment. In I.B. Weiner & W.E. Craighead (Eds.) The Corsini encyclopedia of psychology and behavioral science (4th ed., Vol. 3) (pp. 1020-1021). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Weiss, Y. & Shilkret, R. (2010). The importance of the peer group in the Israeli kibbutz for adult attachment style. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 80, 2-19.

Markova, G., Shilkret, R., & Djalev, L. (2008). Parents’ attachment styles, mental representations, and institutionalization of children in Bulgaria. Infant Mental Health Journal, 29, 555-569.

Shilkret, R. (2008, April 16). Can architecture cure? [Review of the book The architecture of madness: Insane asylums in the United States]. PsychCRITIQUES – Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 53, (No. 16), Article 2. Retrieved April 16, 2008, from the PsychCRITIQUES database.