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Robert E. Wickham, Ph.D.

Robert E. Wickham
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 

(650) 417-2031 

Position(s): 

Assistant Professor

Faculty Program(s): 

Ph.D.

Teaching and/or Research Emphasis and Interest Areas: 

The role of authenticity and attachment style in close relationship functioning; schematic knowledge structures and uncertainty reduction; applied research methods and statistical modeling

Education: 

Ph.D., Social Psychology, Minor: Quant, University of Houston (2012)
M.A., Psychology, University of Houston (2009)
B.S., cum laude, Psychology, Minor: Sociology, Texas Christian University (2006)

Biography: 

Summary of Research Interests

My research seeks to integrate a number of conceptually distinct topics in social and personality psychology. Much of my initial work has focused on the development and application of methodological tools that drive existing research paradigms in new directions (Wickham & Knee, 2013), and I continue to explore topics in this domain (Wickham, 2013c, 2013d). One component of this research focuses on dyadic and small group relationships, and draws heavily on interdependence theory as a tool to understand the intricacies of interpersonal interaction (Wickham & Knee, 2012). Another aspect of my research focuses on interpersonal perception in close relationships, specifically the role of perceived partner authenticity (Wickham, 2013a, 2013b) in cultivating relationship goals and interpersonal trust. Ongoing work in this area is focuses on identifying the antecedents of authenticity perceptions in both familiar and unfamiliar targets, and exploring the role of attachment in authenticity perceptions.

I am also in the process of expanding my work on dyadic and small-group interdependence into the realm of clinical/counseling psychology by applying new methodological approaches to the study of therapist-client dyads and groups in therapy. My work on perceptions of authenticity and interpersonal trust also has implications for clinical research, particularly in the context of martial and family therapy. Finally, my graduate and post-doc training provided me with the opportunity to cultivate research interests in both organizational behavior and program evaluation, and I look forward to developing new projects in these areas.

Talks & Lectures: 

Wickham, R. E(2013, March). Analytic approaches to interdependence theory. Lecture presented at Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, CA.

Conference Symposia Presentations

Nguyen, M., Wickham, R. E. & Acitelli, L. K. (2012). Why time spent on Facebook is linked to depression.Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Relationship ResearchChicago, IL.

Wickham, R. E. (2012). A SAS MACRO for estimating bootstrapped confidence intervals in dyadic regression modelsSymposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the South Central SAS Users Group, Houston, TX.

Nguyen, M., Wickham, R. E. & Acitelli, L. K. (2013). How depressive symptoms are linked to time on Facebook and Facebook social comparison. Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Poster Presentations

Wickham, R. E. (2014, February). Perceived typical partner authenticity, relationship goals, and anticipated relationship quality. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Eisenberger, R., Wang, Z., Mesdaghinia, S., Wu, H., & Wickham, R. (2013, April). Perceived follower support: Contributions to supportive supervision and workgroup outcomes. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Houston, TX.

Dylla, C., Knee, C. R., & Wickham, R. E. (2013, January). Seizure and foreclosure. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Wickham, R. E., & Knee, C. R. (2013, January). Interdependence theory and the actor-partner interdependence model: Where theory and method converge. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Selected Publications: 

Wickham, R. E. & Knee, C. R. (2012). Interdependence theory and the actor-partner interdependence model: Where theory and method converge. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16 (4),375-393doi: 10.1177/1088868312447897

Eisenberger, R., Shoss, M. K., Karagonlar, G., Gonzalez-Morales, G, Wickham, R. E., Buffardi, L. (in press).The supervisor POS-LMX-subordinate POS chain: Moderation by reciprocation wariness and supervisor’s organizational embodiment. Journal of Organizational Behavior, doi: 10.1002/job.1877

Wickham, R. E. (2013a). Perceived authenticity in romantic partners. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 878-887. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2013.04.001

Wickham, R. E.& Knee, C. R. (2013). Examining temporal processes in diary studies. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 1184-1198doi: 10.1177/0146167213490962

 
 
 

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