Kathleen Carswell


Kathleen is a postdoctoral fellow in the Kellogg Center for Family Enterprises at Northwestern University, working with Eli Finkel and Justin Craig. She received her PhD from Northwestern University in social psychology, and her BMath from the University of Waterloo, where she majored in actuarial science with an option in finance. While at Waterloo, she also completed six internships in insurance and financial management consulting as part of the co-op program.  Kathleen’s research examines relational motivation processes including the pursuit and desire of a romantic partner in the form of romantic passion and the influence of relationship dynamics and relationship partners on personal goal pursuit. Click here for Kathleen's CV.


Emery, L. F., Gardner, W. L., Carswell, K. L., & Finkel, E. J. (in press). You can’t see the real me: Attachment avoidance, self-verification, and self-concept clarity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Emery, L. F., Gardner, W. L., Finkel, E. J., & Carswell, K. L. (2018). “You’ve changed”: Low self-concept clarity predicts lack of support for partner change. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44(3), 318-331. [Download]

Browman, A. S., Destin, M., Carswell, K. L., & Svoboda, R. C. (2017). Perceptions of socioeconomic mobility influence academic persistence among low socioeconomic status students. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 72, 45-52. [Download]

Laurin, K., Fitzsimons, G. M., Finkel, E. J., Carswell, K. L., vanDellen, M. R., Hofmann, W., Lambert, N. M., Eastwick, P. W., Fincham, F. D., & Brown, P. C. (2016). Power and the pursuit of a partner’s goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110(6), 840-868. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., Cheung, E. O., Emery, L. F., Carswell, K. L., & Larson, G. M. (2015). The suffocation model: Why marriage in America is becoming an all-or-nothing institution. Current Directions in Psychological Science24, 238-244. DOI: 10.1177/0963721415569274 [Download]

Finkel, E. J., Hui, C. M., Carswell, K. L., & Larson, G. M. (2014). The suffocation of marriage: Climbing Mount Maslow without enough oxygen. Psychological Inquiry25, 1-41. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., Larson, G. M., Carswell, K. L., & Hui, C. M. (2014). Marriage at the summit: Response to the commentaries. Psychological Inquiry25, 120-145. [Download]