R. Chris Fraley

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R. Chris Fraley is a Professor at the University of Illinois's Department of Psychology. He received his PhD from the University of California, Davis in 1999 in Social-Personality Psychology. In 2007 he received the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of Individual Differences. He is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Research Interests

Chris's research involves the study of attachment processes in close relationships, personality dynamics and development, and research methods. He is also broadly interested in issues at the interface of social cognition, development, evolution, and psychodynamics.


Ph.D. from University of California, Davis (1999)

Recent Publications

Heffernan, M. E., Chong, J. Y., & Fraley, R. C. (2019). Are People Attracted to Others Who Resemble Their Opposite-Sex Parents? An Examination of Mate Preferences and Parental Ethnicity Among Biracial Individuals. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10(7), 856-863. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550618794679

Raby, K. L., Roisman, G. I., Labella, M. H., Martin, J., Fraley, R. C., & Simpson, J. A. (2019). The Legacy of Early Abuse and Neglect for Social and Academic Competence From Childhood to Adulthood. Child development, 90(5), 1684-1701. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13033

Lozano, E. B., Fraley, R. C., & Kramer, W. (2019). Attachment in donor-conceived adults: Curiosity, search, and contact. Personal Relationships, 26(2), 331-344. https://doi.org/10.1111/pere.12273

Briley, D. A., Livengood, J. M., Derringer, J. L., Tucker-Drob, E. M., Fraley, R. C., & Roberts, B. W. (2019). Interpreting Behavior Genetic Models: Seven Developmental Processes to Understand. Behavior genetics, 49(2), 196-210. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10519-018-9939-6

Fraley, R. C., & Roisman, G. I. (2019). The development of adult attachment styles: four lessons. Current Opinion in Psychology, 25, 26-30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.02.008

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