• 75 East River Parkway, Elliott Hall

    55455 Minneapolis

    United States

Accepting PhD Students

1983 …2020
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Research interests

In collaboration with several research teams, my research investigates close relationships and interpersonal processes from different theoretical models and perspectives. Our current work focuses within six areas: attachment processes, human mating and decision-making, empathic accuracy, social influence in romantic relationships, social development and health outcomes, and social development and parental investment.

Our longstanding program of research on adult attachment, funded by NIMH, examines how attachment processes and adult attachment orientations are associated with relationship functioning and well-being, particularly when partners are distressed. Our program of work on human mating, funded by NSF, examines how individuals make mating decisions, the conditions under which they do and do not delay gratification, and how they make trade-offs on different life history-relevant dimensions. Our research on empathic accuracy, funded by NSF, explores the conditions under which people are accurate versus inaccurate at inferring their partners' private thoughts and feelings during social interactions. Our research on social influence examines when, how, and why individuals use different social influence tactics to persuade their partners and which tactics are most effective in different situational contexts. A recent program of research on social development and adult health, funded by the NIA, is investigating how social experiences encountered earlier in life are linked with physical health at mid-life. Our most recent new program of research, funded by NSF, examines how early life experiences along with interpersonal variables are prospectively related to parenting and co-parenting in adulthood.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Minnesota Twin Cities


BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA



  • Interpersonal relations
  • Evolution and behavior
  • Social influence
  • Social development

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Projects 2004 2020

Psychological Stress
Decision making

The Developmental Construction of Adult Competence

Collins, W. A., Carlson, E. A., Egeland, B. R., Englund, M. M., Long, J., Simpson, J. & Sroufe, L. A.



Project: Research project

Research Output 1983 2019

1 Citations

Adult attachment orientations and well-being during the transition to parenthood

Simpson, J. & Rholes, W. S., Feb 1 2019, In : Current Opinion in Psychology. 25, p. 47-52 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Empirical Research
Disease Susceptibility

Attachment within life history theory: an evolutionary perspective on individual differences in attachment

Szepsenwol, O. & Simpson, J., Feb 1 2019, In : Current Opinion in Psychology. 25, p. 65-70 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


Editorial overview: Attachment in adulthood: A dynamic field with a rich past and a bright future

Simpson, J. & Karantzas, G. C., Feb 1 2019, In : Current Opinion in Psychology. 25, p. 177-181 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Attachment and Jealousy: Understanding the Dynamic Experience of Jealousy Using the Response Escalation Paradigm

Huelsnitz, C. O., Farrell, A. K., Simpson, J., Griskevicius, V. & Szepsenwol, O., Dec 1 2018, In : Personality and social psychology bulletin. 44, 12, p. 1664-1680 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Best Practices for Testing the Predictive Validity of Ideal Partner Preference-Matching

Eastwick, P. W., Finkel, E. J. & Simpson, J., Jun 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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