Lindsey Beck

Associate Professor

Dr. Lindsey A. Beck is a social psychologist who studies how people initiate, develop, and maintain close relationships, including friendships and romantic relationships. For example, she examines how people react to signs of initial interest in a relationship, how partners ask for and offer support as they develop relationships, and how couples respond to stressful situations in ongoing relationships. She uses diverse methodologies to investigate these topics, including developmental approaches, biological methods, field studies, experimental designs, and longitudinal and daily-report studies.

She has published her work in several peer-reviewed journals, including Psychological Science, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Journal of Family Theory and Review. She teaches courses in the psychology of close relationships, social psychology, and introduction to psychology.

About

  • Institute For Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
    Since 2013

Education

B.A., Dartmouth College
M.Phil., Yale University
M.S., Yale University
Ph.D., Yale University

Publications

Beck, L. A., & Clark, M. S. (2009). Offering more support than we seek. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 267-270.

2009

Beck, L. A., & Clark, M. S. (2009). Choosing to enter or avoid diagnostic social situations. Psychological Science, 20(9), 1175-1181.

2009

Clark, M. S., & Beck, L. A. (2010). Initiating and evaluating close relationships: A task central to emerging adults. In F. D. Fincham & M. Cui (Eds.), Romantic relationships in emerging adulthood (pp. 190-212). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

2010

Beck, L. A., & Clark, M. S. (2010). What constitutes a healthy communal marriage and why relationship stage matters. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 2(4), 299-315.

2010

Beck, L. A., & Clark, M. S. (2010). Looking a gift horse in the mouth as a defense against increasing intimacy. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 676-679.

2010

Beck, L. A., Pietromonaco, P. R., DeBuse, C. J., Powers, S. I., & Sayer, A. G. (2013). Spouses’ attachment pairings predict neuroendocrine, behavioral, and psychological responses to marital conflict. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105(3),

2013

Beck, L. A., Pietromonaco, P. R., DeVito, C. C., Powers, S. I., & Boyle, A. M. (2014). Congruence between spouses’ perceptions and observers’ ratings of responsiveness: The role of attachment avoidance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40(2),

2014

Pietromonaco, P. R., & Beck, L. A. (2015). Attachment processes in adult romantic relationships. In M. Mikulincer, P. R. Shaver, J. A. Simpson, & J. F. Dovidio (Eds.), APA handbook of personality and social psychology (Vol. 3): Interpersonal relations

2015

Beck, L. A., Clark, M. S., & Olson, K. R. (2017). When do we offer more support than we seek? A behavioral replication and developmental extension. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 34(5), 662-675.

2017

Ketay, S., & Beck, L. A. (2017). Attachment predicts cortisol response and closeness in dyadic social interaction. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 80, 114-121.

2017

Ketay, S., Welker, K. M., Beck, L. A., Thorson, K. W., & Slatcher, R. B. (2018). Social anxiety, cortisol, and early-stage friendship. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Advance online publication.

2018

https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407518774915

Ketay, S., Beck, L. A., Riela, S., Bailey, C., & Aron, A. (2018). Seeing you in me: Preliminary evidence for perceptual overlap between self and close others. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Advance online publication.

2018

https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407518788702

Clark, M. S., Beck, L. A., & Aragón, O. R. (2019). Relationship initiation: Bridging the gap between initial attraction and well-functioning communal relationships. APA handbook of contemporary family psychology (Vol. 1)

2019

Pietromonaco, P. R., & Beck, L. A. (2019). Adult attachment and physical health. Current Opinion in Psychology, 25, 115-120.

2019

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.04.004