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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 2018.

Research Publications    
2017Chopik, W. J., & O’Brien, E. (2017). Happy you, healthy me? Having a happy partner is independently associated with better health in oneself. Health Psychology, 36, 21-30.
2017Edelstein, R. S., Chopik, W. J., Saxbe, D. E., Wardecker, B. M., & Moors, A. C., & LaBelle, O. P.* (2017). Prospective and dyadic associations between expectant parents’ prenatal hormone changes and postpartum parenting outcomes. Developmental Psychobiology, 59, 77-90.
2017Chopik, W. J. (2017). Death across the lifespan: Age differences in death-related thoughts and anxiety. Death Studies, 41, 69-77.
2017Chopik, W. J., O’Brien, E., & Konrath, S. H. (2017). Differences in empathic concern and perspective taking across 63 countries. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48, 23-38.
2017Saxbe, D. E., Edelstein, R. S., Lyden, H. M.*, Wardecker, B. M., Chopik, W. J., & Moors, A. C. (2017). Fathers’ decline in testosterone and synchrony with partner testosterone during pregnancy predicts greater postpartum relationship investment. Hormones and Behavior, 90, 39-47.
2017Chopik, W. J. & Motyl, M. (2017). Is Virginia for Lovers? Geographic variation in adult attachment orientation. Journal of Research in Personality, 66, 38-45.
2016Chopik, W. J., & Edelstein, R. S. (in press). Adult Attachment. In Susan Krauss Whitbourne (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
2016Wardecker, B. M., Chopik, W. J., Boyer, M. P., Edelstein, R. S. (2016). Individual differences in attachment are associated with usage and perceived intimacy of different communication media. Computers in Human Behavior, 59, 18-27.
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., & Konrath, S. H. (2016). Political orientation moderates worldview defense in response to Osama bin Laden’s death. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 22, 396-400.