University of California, Riverside


David Funder Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Topics: Standardized tests / SATs
Conscientiousness and Grit

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Tel: 951-827-3938

Media Contact: John Warren


David C. Funder is distinguished professor of psychology. His current research, supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, concerns the assessment of the psychologically important aspects of situations. His Riverside Situational Q-sort (RSQ) assesses situations experienced by college students in daily life, and the associations between elements of situations, personality, and behavior. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Before coming to UCR, he taught at Harvey Mudd College, Harvard University, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

On Standardized tests / SATs

Funder is an expert on the relationship between standardized testing in high school and academic success in college. His studies have demonstrated that conscientiousness is a better predictor of college success than SAT scores.

On Conscientiousness and Grit

Funder is an expert on the relationship between conscientiousness and success, including academic success. He can also speak to grit -an individual’s passion for a particular long-term goal or end state – and its relationship to achievement.