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Guidelines for Presentations

Each session runs for 75 minutes. All of the presentation rooms have a built in PC, and the ability to connect a laptop using VGA/RCA cables (sorry, HDMI is not available in all of our rooms). They are all also equipped with sound and a document camera if needed.

For sessions that were formed by the organizers with individual submissions, we have organized a chair for each session who will provide introductions, keep track of the duration of each presentation, and indicate to the speaker when the allotted time has elapsed. We offer the following suggested guidelines for sessions to ensure each author has adequate time to present their work:

  • If your session has 3 presentations: Each speaker will have 20 minutes total. We recommend 16-17 minutes for the talk, leaving 3-4 minutes for questions.
  • If your session has 4 presentations: Each speaker will have 15 minutes total. We recommend 12-13 minutes for the talk, leaving 2-3 minutes for questions.

For organized symposium sessions, the chair of the session is tasked with keeping track of the duration of each presentation and indicating to the speaker when the allotted time has elapsed.

For those presenting posters, maximum poster size is 3 feet high by 5 feet wide. We will provide push pins and easels – all you need to bring is your poster.



New Scholar Mixer

(Goldstein Faculty Center)



New Scholar Workshop

(Life Sciences Complex 011)


Dean’s Welcome and Keynote by Jeff Simpson – Partner Buffering of Attachment Insecurity

(Life Sciences Complex 001)


Welcome Reception and New Scholar Poster Session

(Milton Atrium, Life Sciences Complex)

The relationship between dispositional mindfulness, adult attachment orientations, and emotion regulation (Jodie Stevenson)

Interdependence between romantic partners during the transition to parenthood: Themes of partner facilitation and partner interference (Deborah Yoon)

Perseverance and passion for one’s partner: Exploring grit in a relational context (Alexandra Black)

Cross-cultural variations in premarital romantic and sexual experiences among young adults in India and the USA (Barani Devarajan)

Cultivating a collaborative culture in doctoral student environments: An autoethnographic approach (Kathleen McCallops)

A dialectical perspective of perceived humor and openness during relational turning points (Alison Buckley)

Dress for success: How cosplay affect relates to commitment in romantic relationships (Connor Leshner)

How the frequency and salience of heterosexist experiences influence relationship commitment and stability: A longitudinal study (TeKisha Rice)

Investigating levels of intimate partner violence in friends with benefits relationships (Rebecca Thomas)

Retaliatory infidelity and the self-serving bias (Benjamin Warach)

Biblical messages and fear of intimacy in orthodox Jewish men (Sara Shapiro)

Conflicting interests in close relationships: The contextual benefit of dissimilarity (Kathleen Huber)

The impact of negative emotional disclosure on need satisfaction among people with high trait self-control (Rikki Sargent)

FRIDAY JUNE 23, 2017



(Milton Atrium, Life Sciences Complex)



Attachment Style in Romantic Relationships: Understanding and Supporting Insecurely Attached Individuals

(Life Sciences Complex 105)

Touch reduces romantic jealousy in the anxiously attached (Brittany Jakubiak)

Touch and well-being: Do avoidantly attached individuals react differently to touch? (Anik Debrot)

Self-esteem and the quality of couple and coparental relationships: The mediating role of attachment (Nahema El Ghaziri)

Breaking down barriers towards the intimacy averse: Behavioural methods of communicating affection to facilitate positive outcomes in avoidantly attached partners (Kristina Schrage)

Chair: Anik Debrot

Attraction and Fostering Connection: Dating, Friends, and Parasocial Relationships

(Life Sciences Complex 011)

To look hot or not? Romantic commitment modulates women’s attractiveness-regulation with romantic alternatives (Kori Krueger)

Online dating preferences and attractiveness: A two-mode ERGM network analysis (Diane Felmlee)

My favorite brand retweeted me! Fostering parasocial relationships online (Charisse L’Pree Corsbie-Massay)

Attraction in cross-sex friendships (Beverley Fehr)

Conflict and Disagreement

(Life Sciences Complex 106)

(Un-)Shared beliefs: Individual and dyadic effects of religiosity on relationship satisfaction and union stability (Katrina Frank)

Interpersonal-political conflict in-person and online (Natalie Pennington)

Couple’s conflict evaluations and relationship quality (Diane Jackson)

How to kiss and make-up: Reconciliation after conflict among cohabiting couples (Julie Parsons)

Transition and Coffee


Methods Invited Session – Methods of Modelling Interdependence

(Pat Shrout, M. Joy McClure, & Christopher Burke; Life Sciences Complex 105)
Transition and Coffee


Keynote by John Holmes – The Structure of Interdependence Shapes Cognition in Relationships

(Life Sciences Complex 001)



(Milton Atrium, Life Sciences Complex)



Advances in Self-Expansion Research

(Life Sciences Complex 105)

The interplay between potential partners’ attachment styles shapes cortisol patterns and closeness during friendship initiation (Lindsey Beck)

Implicit theories of relationships and the expansion of the self: Implications for relationship functioning (Brent Mattingly)

Perceived excitement drives benefits of self-expanding activities (Jennifer Tomlinson)

Chair: Arthur Aron

Parenting: Finding an Optimal Level of Support

(Life Sciences Complex 011)

“I’m supposed to be perfect, but what if I’m not?”: An examination of college students’ uncertainty, emotion, and avoidance of mental health discussions with their parents (Rachael Bishop)

The effect of helicopter parenting, parental overinvolvement, support, and advice on college community, psychological, and academic adjustment: A comparison of US domestic students and Chinese international students in the US (China Billott-Verhoff)

Building strong families: How does family instability, coparenting quality, and father involvement explain child development outcomes? (Melissa Curran)

Family interactions in the mall: An exploratory observational study focusing on father-child relations (Ying Zhang)

Well-Being across the Lifespan

(Life Sciences Complex 106)

The old couple: Successful aging and the limits of autonomy and agency (Markus Klingel)

The unique role of capitalization support seeking and receipt in organizational identification and well-being (Courtney Gosnell)

The relative importance of actor, partner, and similarity effects in personality predicting global evaluative and experienced well-being (William Chopik)

A prospective study of Big Five personality traits and perceived control among older couples (Ji Hyun Lee)

Transition and Coffee



Contextualizing Emotion Suppression: Suppressing Negative Emotions Can Be Beneficial Depending on Individual and Partner Qualities and Motives

(Life Sciences Complex 105)

Hiding feelings for whose sake? Attachment avoidance, relationship closeness, and protective buffering (Heike Winterheld)

Suppressing negativity can be good: Attachment anxiety and the curvilinear effect of expressive suppression (Yuthika Girme)

The implications of emotional suppression depend on partners’ depressive symptoms (Levi Baker)

An examination of negative emotion suppression and positive emotion amplification in families of college-aged students (Bonnie Le)

Chair: Levi Baker

Closeness and Interdependence

(Life Sciences Complex 106)

Emotional interdependence in close relationships (Laura Sels)

Who are “we”? Couple identity clarity and romantic relationship quality (Lydia Emery)

Interdependence and closeness in getting-acquainted dyads (Susan Sprecher)

Communication, Cognition, and Sexual Satisfaction

(Life Sciences Complex 011)

Let’s try something new: Using response surface analysis to understand the effects of sexual accuracy and similarity (Jessica Maxwell)

Do you know who you are sleeping with? Accuracy and bias in couples’ sexual communication (Emmalene Carberry)

Emotional reactions to first intercourse among a sample of predominately urban youth of color (Anita Barbee)

Sexual satisfaction and marital happiness in the middle years of marriage: A dyadic examination given the contexts of gender and race (Randal Brown)

Transition and Coffee


Keynote by Karen Fingerman – The Pivot Generation: Midlife Adults’ Relationships with Generations Above and Below 

(Life Sciences Complex 001)


Poster Session

(Milton Atrium, Life Sciences Complex)

Online social network use and in-person social interactions: Associations with the positivity and accuracy of personality impressions (Jennifer Heyman)

Seeing red: Anger expression mediates the relationship between attachment and chronic loneliness (Katie O’Connell)

I want to tell you but I can’t: How ambivalence over emotional expression varies by type of relationship and emotion (Julie Brunson)

What’s better for the relationship: Rejecting a partner’s sexual advances kindly or having sex reluctantly? (James Kim)

Digital sex talk: An exploration of sexting usage in college student relationships (Alyce Viens)

So what’s the big deal?: Relationship contingent self-esteem, assessment of betrayal severity, and forgiveness (Thomas Ballas)

Affect regulation and adult attachment patterns when exposed to a fearful context (Jia Chong)

Relationship maintenance through the endorsement of destiny beliefs (Craig Brinkman)

The influence of relationship and partner characteristics on ambivalence over emotional expression (Megan Piesman)

Forecasted empathy and romantic attraction (Josh Ryan)

The interaction of gender and perceived capitalization responses predicts sleep quality (Saya Weissman)

Agreeableness and attachment anxiety in relationships (Samuel Chung)

Mate preferences in emerging adulthood and beyond: Cross-sectional and retrospective analyses to examine changes (Susan Sprecher)

Won’t you touch me? The impact of adult attachment styles on intimate touch (Samantha Wagner)

The role of parents during the transition to college: The influence of attachment style on mental health outcomes (Sarah Kistner)

Emotion regulation strategy as a predictor of perceived responsiveness during social support (Jessica Gingrich)

The meaning of friendship and its importance for wellbeing throughout adulthood (Victoria Zeeb)

The role of perceived partner responsiveness on emotional expression (Yan Ruan)

Personality and sex differences in dating couples’ “money talk” (Carol Wilson)

Quality of romantic and peer relationships, emotion regulation, and depressive symptoms (Joanna Hurley)

Self-other overlap as a predictor of intentions towards working with people with disabilities: An initial empirical evaluation (Michael Ioerger)

First love relationships: A replication and extension (Alexandra VanBergen)

Examining coping differences: A look at individual and communal coping’s impact within the mental health of dyads (Amanda Bermudez)

Sign here—an exploration of cultural contracts in identity negotiation within the evangelical LGBT community (Robert Matheny)

Friendship norms: An evaluation of race and gender (Sara Francisco)




(Milton Atrium, Life Sciences Complex)



Autonomy as a Fundamental Aspect of Interdependent Relationships: Relationship Outcomes are Enhanced when Individuals are Autonomously Motivated or Fulfilled

(Life Sciences Complex 105)

Not lost in translation: A dyadic model of motivation and responsiveness accuracy (Benjamin Hadden)

Don’t encroach and I’m yours: Partners’ autonomy-sensitive behaviors facilitate highly avoidant individuals’ autonomy, and thus their commitment (Yuthika Girme)

Who can’t get no satisfaction? Causality orientations predict experiences of sexual interactions (Camilla Overup)

Chair: Benjamin Hadden

Rejection, Conflict, and Violence: Communication and Transmission

(Life Sciences Complex 106)

Exposure to parental partner violence in childhood: Implications for adult romantic relationships (Andrea Roach)

Mobile communication technologies and relational conflict: An observational study of serial arguments (John Caughlin)

Violence with no measure: Community-sample perceptions inform creation of a quantitative assessment of technologically-mediated abuse (Jessica Eckstein)

Conceptualizing rejection in mobile dating apps (Chad Van De Wiele)

Managing, Maintaining, and Evaluating Relationships

(Life Sciences Complex 011)

Love, distance and a future together: How do long-distance couples manage the fragile balance of intimacy and distance? (Markus Klingel)

Plan a date!: Self-expanding relationship activities and the role of approach relationship goals (Deanna Walker)

Daily implementations of pro-partner behaviors: Preliminary evidence from experience-sampling study (SiSi Li)

Foraging for love: Predicting relationship dissolution through ratings of dyadic quality (Samantha Cohen)

Transition and Coffee



Relationship Receptivity: On Desiring and Being Ready for Commitment

(Life Sciences Complex 105)

Relationship receptivity theory (Christopher Agnew)

Commitment desirability (Kenneth Tan)

Commitment readiness (Benjamin Hadden)

Antecedents of commitment readiness and desirability (Christopher Agnew)

Chair: Christopher Agnew

Attachment Processes: Benefits of Touch, Self-compassion, and Security Goals

(Life Sciences Complex 106)

Presence of an attachment figure is associated with greater sensitivity to physical pain following mild social exclusion (Geoff MacDonald)

Relationship-protective properties of insecurity: Attachment anxiety, security-regulation goals, and pro-relationship behavior (Nadya Teneva)

Security based differences in the benefits of touch (Cheryl Carmichael)

The interplay between self-compassion, attachment security, and relational attributions on marital satisfaction (Hilal Terzi)

Trust and Social Support

(Life Sciences Complex 011)

Sometimes the truth hurts: How interpersonal trust and feedback messages impact relational outcomes (Lance Bennett)

Gender differences in predictors of spousal support among men and women with recent PTSD (Brittany Shields)

From self-reflection to social-reflection: Processes distinguishing adaptive versus maladaptive social support (David Lee)

Development and validation of a measure of motives for interpersonal emotion regulation (Nicole Hilaire)

Transition and Coffee


Keynote by Edward Lemay – Relationship-Protective Properties of Selfishness and Insecurity: Insights from Interdependence and Communal-Exchange Theories 

(Life Sciences Complex 001)



(Milton Atrium, Life Sciences Complex)



New Directions in Dyadic Coping

(Life Sciences Complex 106)

Married undergraduate students’ use of dyadic coping: Associations between anticipated stigma and symptoms of distress (Shelby Messerschmitt)

The buffering effect of commitment in the association between stigma and anxious symptoms: Implications for dyadic coping research with transgender women and their non-transgender male partners (Kristi Gamarel)

The developmental course of supportive dyadic coping in couples (Rebecca Horne)

Dyadic coping and relationship satisfaction across the transition to parenthood (Valentina Anderegg)

Chair: Ashley Randall

Motivation and The Self in Relationships

(Life Sciences Complex 105)

Spicing up the relationship?: Responses to relational boredom and associated challenges (Cheryl Harasymchuk)

Self-determination and differentiation: The interplay between autonomy and relatedness need fulfillment (Esther Kluwer)

Paths to belonging influence interactions with and reactions to close relationship partners (Jennifer Hirsch)

What happens to me when we decline?: Changes in relationship satisfaction predict reduced self-concept clarity (Courtney Walsh)

Infidelity and Alternatives

(Life Sciences Complex 011)

Infidelity’s aftermath: Appraisals, mental health, and health-compromising behaviors (M. Rosie Shrout)

Infidelity as a trauma: Empirical research linking infidelity experience and posttraumatic stress symptoms (Victoria Willetts)

The lost love and the pursuit of alternatives: A Facebook case study (Irum Abbasi)

Emotional responses of infidelity partners (Dana Weiser)

Transition and Coffee



Interdependence Perspectives on Interpersonal Trust

(Life Sciences Complex 105)

Is their lack of trust really unwarranted? How self-esteem predicts partner responsiveness (Joanne Wood)

Interdependent relationships and attachment security enhancement (Ximena Arriaga)

Trust and responsiveness in strain-test situations: A dyadic perspective (Jeff Simpson)

Recovery from relationship transgressions: Integrating interpersonal motivation and posttraumatic growth (Amy Canevello)

Chair: Edward Lemay and Nadya Teneva

Balancing and Coordination: Personal Goals in Relational Contexts

(Life Sciences Complex 106)

We are both working! What will be the destiny of our relationship? (Burcu Ozguluk)

Time, money, or kids? Predictors of the division of household labour across life stages (Rebecca Horne)

Accuracy and bias in perceptions of a romantic partner’s goal progress (Judith Gere)

Perceived ease of goal coordination in close relationships (Jane Mang Yan Fung)

Life Stories: Family, Communication, and Attitudes

(Life Sciences Complex 011)

Backstory communication and the power of personal experience within interpersonal relationships (Haley Vellinga)

The role of parent gender and gender attitudes on infant gendering (Diana Jenkins)

Consensual nonmonogamy: Assessing negative attitudes (Mark Moss)

Transition and Coffee


Keynote by Marianne Dainton – Interdependence and Relational Maintenance 

(Life Sciences Complex 001)



(Flaum Grand Hall, Whitman School of Management)

SUNDAY JUNE 25, 2017



(Milton Atrium, Life Sciences Complex)



Relationships in Transition

(Life Sciences Complex 106)

Cognitive information seeking and relationship awareness during the early stages of relationship development (Bret Davis)

Associations between couple relationship quality and coparenting during the transition to parenthood: Micro and macro perspectives (Yunying Le)

Taking the plunge: Newlyweds’ accounts of their decision to marry (Lauren Shapiro)

Commitment and Satisfaction: Different Perspectives

(Life Sciences Complex 105)

Impact of past and planned investments on dual-career couples’ commitment (Burcu Ozguluk)

Imapct of rewards and costs from partners on individuals’ commitment: The mediating role of satisfaction (Stanley Gaines)

Intimacy, passion, commitment, and reported marital quality in love and arranged marriage (Sharon Flicker)

Transition and Coffee



Family, Friends, and Social Networks

(Life Sciences Complex 105)

Social integration and self-esteem: The influence of “weak ties” in mid- and later life (Jeffrey Stokes)

Transferring connections: Friend and sibling relationships in the lives of singles (Claudia Brumbaugh)

Dyadic networks: Understanding and describing the changes in the local network following the removal of significant relationships (Michael Penta)

Couple types on thoughts about marriage and divorce and associations with overall and daily relationship quality (Mi Kyoung Jin)

Perceiving Attraction and Responsiveness: Context and Consequences

(Life Sciences Complex 106)

Perceptions of first date success (Marisa Cohen)

Emoji as indicators of perceived responsiveness in text messages (Maureen Coyle)

You haven’t been on my mind lately: Partner responsiveness mediates the link between attachment insecurities and dyadic fantasies (Moran Mizrahi)

Courtship then and now (Melissa LaBuda)

Stresses and Strains: Health and Fitness Perspectives

(Life Sciences Complex 011)

Stressed out: The daily benefits of exercise and maintenance in romantic relationships (Jaclyn Theisen)

Validation of a relationship sense of coherence measure (Bret Davis)

Cardiac-disease-induced-PTSD (CDI-PTSD): A dyadic perspective (Noa Vilchinsky)

I love myself(ie): An arts-based investigation of fitness identity (Marissa Wiley)