Lydia Emery


Lydia is a third-year graduate student at Northwestern, working with Wendi Gardner and Eli Finkel. She received her B.A. from Haverford College, where she majored in Psychology and English. Before coming to Northwestern, she worked as a research coordinator at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Lydia's research primarily examines the self-concept in relationships -- how relationships change the self, how people's subjective understanding of their self-concepts shapes their relationships, and how couples understand their identity together. She also studies mechanisms underlying the association between social class and relationship quality. Click here for Lydia's CV.


Shi, Z., Wang, A. L., Emery, L. F., Sheerin, K. M., & Romer, D. (in press). The importance of relevant emotional arousal in the efficacy of pictorial health warnings for cigarettes. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Emery, L. F., Muise, A., Alpert, E., & Le, B. (2015). Do we look happy? Perceptions of romantic relationship quality on Facebook. Personal Relationships, 22(1), 1-7.  [Download]

Emery, L. F., Walsh, C. & Slotter, E. B. (2015). Knowing who you are and adding to it: Reduced self-concept clarity predicts reduced self-expansion. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6(3), 259-266. [Download]

Evans, A. T., Peters, E., Strasser, A., Emery, L. F., Sheerin, K. M., & Romer, D. (2015). Graphic warning labels elicit affective and thoughtful responses from smokers: Results of a randomized clinical trial. PLOS One, 10(12): e0142879. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0142879 [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 Science, 24, 238-244. [Download]

Dix, E. L., Emery, L. F., & Le, B. (2014). Committed to the honor code: An Investment Model analysis of academic integrity. Social Psychology of Education, 17(1), 179-196. [Download]

Emery, L. F., & Le, B. (2014). Imagining the white picket fence: Social class, future plans, and romantic relationship quality. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5(6), 653-661. [Download]

Emery, L. F., Muise, A., Dix, E. L., & Le, B. (2014). Can you tell that I’m in a relationship? Attachment and relationship visibility on Facebook. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40(11), 1466-1479. [Download]

Emery, L. F., Romer, D., Sheerin, K. S., Jamieson, K. H., & Peters, E. (2014). Affective and cognitive mediators of the impact of cigarette warning labels. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16(3), 263-269. [Download]

Slotter, E. B., Emery, L. F., & Luchies, L. B. (2014). Me after you: Partner influence and individual effort predict rejection of self-aspects and self-concept clarity after relationship dissolution. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40(7), 831-844. [Download]

Le, B., & Emery, L. F. (2013). Relationships. In D. S. Dunn (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies Online: Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199828340-0084. [Oxford Bibliographies Online]