In Greek, Charassein means to engrave, scratch, or etch and is the root of the English word character. The Character Assessment Initiative (Charassein) is an effort devoted to the study of character skills. Our work centers around two goals: improving measures of character skills and better understanding how character skills are developed. For more information, please explore our website or contact the director Gema Zamarro.

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Gema Zamarro, Ph.D.

Research Fellows

Albert Cheng, Ph.D.

Jay P. Greene, Ph.D.

Jonathan N. Mills, Ph.D.

Julie R. Trivitt, Ph.D.

Lina Anaya

Molly Beck

Dillon Fuchsman

Katherine Kopotic

Matthew Lee