Dr. Jeffry A. Simpson

About Dr. Jeffry A. Simpson

Jeffry A. Simpson, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Doctoral Minor in Interpersonal Relationships (IREL) at the University of Minnesota. His research interests center on adult attachment processes, human mating, idealization in relationships, empathic accuracy in relationships, social influence in relationships, and how interpersonal experiences earlier in life affect adult health and relationship outcomes. From 1998-2001, he served as editor of the journal Personal Relationships. From 2002-2008, he was an associate editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes (JPSP-IRGP). He served as editor of JPSP-IRGP from 2009-2014. He has also served on grant panels at the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Aging, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Between 2006-2008, he was the chair of the Social, Personality, and Interpersonal Relations grant panel at NIMH. In 2004, he received the Berscheid-Hatfield award for mid-career achievement in the study of relationships presented by the International Association for Relationships Research. In 2009, he received the Carol and Ed Diener Award for mid-career achievement in social psychology presented by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. In 2011, he was named Scholar of the College by the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. He currently is the president of the International Association for Relationship Research.  His programs of research have been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Aging, and the Marsden Foundation in New Zealand. 


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