Director, Dr. Christopher Burke

P.h.D., New York University, 2008, B.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 2003

My research spans both social psychology and quantitative psychology. My social psychological interests focus on coping with stressful life events in the context of close personal relationships. I study situations as diverse as how partners help each other through difficult professional stressors to how individuals cope with the death of a close relationship partner. The goal of this work is to understand the ways that social interactions and social cognitions impact the psychological framing of a stressful event and the coping processes it engages.

My quantitative interests center on developing and assessing nonlinear statistical models of psychological processes. I am particularly interested in longitudinal nonlinear models that can provide a unique insight into the internal dynamics of psychological processes over time. I have used these methods to examine the time course of grief reactions, identify weekly cycles in social support processes, and pinpoint the contributions of distinct mental processes involved in social judgments. In addition to developing these models, I am interested in assessing and quantifying the payoff of advanced statistical methods over more traditional alternatives.

Graduate Students

Jessica Goren

PhD Graduates

Courtney Ignarri (PhD, 2011)

Dissertation Title: Stress and Support during the First Year Experience