Lydia Emery



Lydia is a sixth-year graduate student. 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 University of Pennsylvania. Lydia’s research focuses on romantic relationships, the self, and inequality. Her first line of research focuses on relationships and the self-concept — how relationships change the self, and how people’s selves change their relationships. Her second line of research examines how socioeconomic status (SES) influences relationships — specifically, the structural and psychological mechanisms that explain why lower-SES couples tend to experience lower relationship quality. Click here for Lydia's CV.


Emery, L. F., & Gardner, W. L. (forthcoming). Who in the world am I? Self-concept clarity and self-change in relationships. In B. A. Mattingly, K. P. McIntyre, & G. W. Lewandowski (Eds.), Interpersonal relationships and the self-concept. Springer Publishing: New York, NY. 

Emery, L. F., Gardner, W. L., Carswell, K. L., & Finkel, E. J. (2018). You can’t see the real me: Attachment avoidance, self-verification, and self-concept clarity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44(8), 1133-1146. [Download]

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]

Shi, Z., Wang, A. L., Emery, L. F., Sheerin, K. M., & Romer, D. (2017). The importance of relevant emotional arousal in the efficacy of pictorial health warnings for cigarettes. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 19(6), 750-755. [Download]

Slotter, E. B., & Emery, L. F. (2017). Self-concept clarity and social role transitions. In J. Lodi-Smith and K. DeMarree (Eds.), Self-concept clarity: Perspectives on assessment, research, and applications (p. 85 – 106). Springer Publishing, New York, NY.

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]