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Chopik William J Chopik
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2015
Primary Program: Social/Personality
254 Psychology
(517) 355-6645

Research Statement

I am a social-personality psychologist interested in how relationships—and the people in them—change over time and across situations. My research focuses on how factors both inside (biological, hormonal) and outside (social roles, geography) of people influence their approach to social relationships. My work examines phenomena as broad as how relationships and social institutions shape development and as focused as the hormonal mechanisms that underlie love and intimacy. 


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I will be accepting students for Fall 2016.

Research Publications    
2016Chopik, W. J., & Edelstein, R. S. (in press). Adult Attachment. In Susan Krauss Whitbourne (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
2016Labelle, O. P., Wardecker, B. M., Chopik, W. J., & Edelstein, R. S. (in press). Attachment Processes. In K. Sweeney and M. Robbins (Eds.), Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology.
2016Chopik, W. J., & Edelstein, R. S. (in press). Preliminary validation of a romantic attachment orientation measure from the California Adult Q-Sort. Attachment and Human Behavior.
2015Chopik, W. J., O'Brien, E., Konrath, S. H., & Schwarz, N. (2015). MLK Day and racial attitudes: Liking the group more but specific exemplars less. Political Psychology, 36, 559-567.
2015Chopik, W. J. (2015). Relational attachment and ethical workplace behavior: The mediating role of emotional burnout. Personality and Individual Differences, 75, 160-164.
2015Edelstein, R. S., Wardecker, B. M., Chopik, W. J., Moors, A. C., Shipman, E. L., & Lin, N. J. (2015). Prenatal hormones in first-time expectant parents: Longitudinal changes and within-couple correlations. American Journal of Human Biology, 27, 317-325.
2015Chopik, W. J., Kim, E. S., & Smith, J. (2015). Changes in optimism are associated with changes in health among older adults. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 814-822.
2015Hudson, N. W., Fraley, R. C., Chopik, W. J., & Heffernan, M. E. (2015). Not all attachment relationships develop alike: Normative cross-sectional age trajectories in attachment to romantic partners, best friends, and parents. Journal of Research in Personality, 59, 44-55.
2015Moors, A. C., Conley, T. D., Edelstein, R. S., & Chopik, W. J. (2015). Attached to monogamy? Avoidance predicts willingness to engage (but not actual engagement) in consensual non-monogamy. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 32, 222-240.
2014Chopik, W. J., Moors, A. C., & Edelstein, R. S. (2014). Maternal nurturance predicts declines in attachment avoidance in emerging adulthood. Journal of Research in Personality, 53, 47-53.