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

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

Fraley, R. C. (2019). Attachment in Adulthood: Recent Developments, Emerging Debates, and Future Directions. Annual Review of Psychology, 70, 401-422. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-psych-010418-102813

Hudson, N. W., & Fraley, R. C. (2018). Does attachment anxiety promote the encoding of false memories? An investigation of the processes linking adult attachment to memory errors. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115(4), 688-715. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000215

Hudson, N. W., & Fraley, R. C. (2018). Moving toward greater security: The effects of repeatedly priming attachment security and anxiety. Journal of Research in Personality, 74, 147-157. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2018.04.002

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