Most of my research investigates close relationships and interpersonal processes. My current work focuses on five areas: attachment (e.g., how different adult attachment orientations impact relationships and relationship functioning, particularly when people are distressed); mating (e.g., how individuals make decisions to become involved with new romantic partners, what attributes they consider, how they make “trade-offs”); empathic accuracy (e.g., the circumstances under which people become more versus less accurate at inferring their romantic partners’ thoughts and feelings during social interactions); idealization (e.g., how people’s standards for ideal partners and ideal relationships affect the satisfaction and stability of their relationships); and relationships, social development, and health outcomes.
Attachment styles, stress, and close relationships (with W. Steven Rholes), National Institute of Mental Health, 1995-1999
Empathic accuracy and inaccuracy in relationships (with William Ickes), National Science Foundation, 1998-2002
Cognition in intimate interpersonal contexts: Toward an integration of social cognition and evolutionary psychology (with Garth J. O. Fletcher), Marsden Foundation, 1999-2002
Adult attachment, stress, and relationship well-being (with W. Steven Rholes), National Institute of Mental Health, 2002-2008
Interaction of current and childhood environment on risky decision-making: An experimental and longitudinal life-history theory approach (with Vladas Griskevicius & W. Andrew Collins), National Science Foundation, 2011-2014
Scholar of the College Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2011-2014
Early life stress, developmental processes, and adult health (with W. Andrew Collins, Byron Egeland, Elizabeth Carlson, Michelle Englund, & Megan Gunnar), National Institute of Aging, 2011-2016
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- Gangestad, S. W., & Simpson, J. A. (Eds.). (2007). The evolution of mind: Fundamental questions and controversies. New York: Guilford.
- Simpson, J. A., & Kenrick, D. T. (Eds.). (1997). Evolutionary social psychology. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
- Simpson, J. A., & Rholes, W. S. (Eds.). (1997). Attachment theory and close relationships. New York: Guilford Publications.
- Simpson, J. A., Winterheld, H. A., Rholes, W. S., & Oriña, M. M. (2007). Working models of attachment and reactions to different forms of caregiving from romantic partners. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 466-477.
- Simpson, J. A. (2007). Psychological foundations of trust. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 16, 264-268.
- Gangestad, S. W., Garver-Apgar, C. E., Simpson, J. A., & Cousins, A. J. (2007). Changes in women’s mate preferences across the ovulatory cycle. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 151-163.
- Simpson, J. A., Collins, W. A., Tran, S., & Haydon, K. C. (2007). Attachment and the experience and expression of emotions in adult romantic relationships: A developmental perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 355-367.
- Overall, N. C., Fletcher, G. J. O., & Simpson, J. A. (2006). Regulation processes in intimate relationships: The role of ideal standards. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 662-685.
- Campbell, L., Simpson, J. A., Boldry, J., & Kashy, D. A. (2005). Perceptions of conflict and support in romantic relationships: The role of attachment anxiety. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 510-531.
- Gangestad, S. W., Simpson, J. A., Cousins, A. J., Garver-Apgar, C. E., & Christensen, P. N. (2004). Women’s preferences for male behavioral displays change across the menstrual cycle. Psychological Science, 15, 203-207.
- Simpson, J. A., Oriña, M. M., & Ickes, W. (2003). When accuracy hurts, and when it helps: A test of the empathic accuracy model in marital interactions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 881-893.
- Simpson, J. A., Rholes, W. S., Campbell, L., Tran, S., & Wilson, C. L. (2003). Adult attachment, the transition to parenthood, and depressive symptoms. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 1172-1187.
- Rholes, W. S., Simpson, J. A., Campbell, L., & Grich, J. (2001). Adult attachment and the transition to parenthood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 421-435.
- Gangestad, S. W., & Simpson, J. A. (2000). The evolution of human mating: Trade-offs and strategic pluralism. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 23, 573-587.
- Simpson, J. A., Gangestad, S. W., Christensen, P. N., & Leck, K. (1999). Fluctuating asymmetry, sociosexuality, and intrasexual competitive tactics. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 76, 159-172.
- Simpson, J. A., & Belsky, J. (2008). Attachment theory within a modern evolutionary framework. In P. R. Shaver & J. Cassidy (Eds.), Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford.
- Simpson, J. A. (2007). Foundations of interpersonal trust. In A. W. Kruglanski & E. T. Higgins (Eds.), Social psychology: Handbook of basic principles (2nd ed., pp. 587-607). New York: Guilford.
- Close Relationships
- Dyadic Data Analyses and Methods
- Evolution and Social Behavior
- Introduction to Personality Psychology
- Introduction to Social Psychology
- Theories of Social Psychology
Jeffry A. Simpson
Department of Psychology
University of Minnesota
75 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0344
- Phone: (612) 626-0025
- Fax: (612) 626-2079