• 75 East River Parkway, Elliott Hall

    55455 Minneapolis

    United States

Accepting PhD Students

1983 …2021

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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


Award Date: Jul 31 1986

BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA


Award Date: May 17 1981

Research interests

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

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Research Output

Coparenting and Relationship Satisfaction in Mothers: The Moderating Role of Sociosexuality

Lamela, D., Figueiredo, B., Jongenelen, I., Morais, A. & Simpson, J. A., Apr 1 2020, In : Archives of sexual behavior. 49, 3, p. 861-870 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Integrating intrapersonal and interpersonal processes: a key step in advancing the science of behavior change

    Rothman, A. J., Simpson, J. A., Huelsnitz, C. O., Jones, R. E. & Scholz, U., Jan 2 2020, In : Health Psychology Review. 14, 1, p. 182-187 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    1 Scopus citations

    Life stress and cortisol reactivity: An exploratory analysis of the effects of stress exposure across life on HPA-axis functioning

    Young, E. S., Doom, J. R., Farrell, A. K., Carlson, E. A., Englund, M. M., Miller, G. E., Gunnar, M. R., Roisman, G. I. & Simpson, J. A., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Development and psychopathology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 4 Scopus citations

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

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 6 Scopus citations