Interpersonal Relationships and Applied Methods (IRAM) Research Group

Robert Wickham, Ph.D.



IRAM Overview

Dr. Wickham’s research has focused upon several lines of research investigating the association between authenticity and interpersonal functioning and psychological well-being. He is preparing a study examining intra- and inter-individual differences in felt authenticity and attachment orientation, and the degree to which these various components may account for cross-role variation in perceived closeness and interpersonal trust.

Current IRAM Project:

The research group is currently collecting data for an Intensive Longitudinal Continuous Cohort (IL-CC) Study called Project LIFEYEAR.  This study aims at understanding the interactions between psychological, social, and ecological (e.g. climate) factors for individuals over the course of one year. The longitudinal design of this study provides novel and important information about the roles of interpersonal and environmental factors on daily well-being. 

Student Projects:

Students typically develop a topic of personal interest in their first year in this group and are encouraged to continue with that analysis or investigation of a related topic as the basis of their dissertation study.

The research projects will allow the students to gain research skills from designing a study, literature reviews, recruiting subjects, administering tests and interviews, data entry and data analyses, presenting at professional conferences, and possibly writing manuscripts. Students will also be encouraged to conduct their own research projects and compete for student awards, fellowships, and grants. This training is aimed to help the student become a more independent researcher by the time he/she advances for dissertation.

Current student projects cover such topics as: Conducting a Monte Carlo simulation study of the impact of dichotomizing substance use items on class recovery in mixture modeling; internet gaming and addiction; trauma; intergenerational trauma; forensic focused research; facial recognition and microexpressions

Openings:  3 openings to join the research group in Fall 2017.

Apply: Interested students can attend a meeting of the Research Group during any quarter.
Please contact Charlotte Beard or Holly Buckman to schedule a visit.

Students interested in joining the research group starting 2017 are asked to submit the following items to Dr. Wickham (via email) by 5pm on the PAU uniform research group application date. Please combine all documents into one file.

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter describing your research skills/experiences as well as a summary of how this research group fits with your research interests and broader career goals for the future.
  3. Your research proposal written in PAU’s Research Methods course.

Notification: Students accepted into Interpersonal Methods and Applied Methodologies Research Group for the 2017 cycle will be notified by email by the PAU uniform notification date.


Students in Publications (student authors denoted by *):


Williamson, R. E.*, Reed, II, D. E.*, Wickham, R. E., & Field, N. P.  (under revision).  The mediational role of posttraumatic stress in the relationship between domestic violence exposure and peer victimization: A Cambodian sample.  Translational Issues in Psychological Science.

Staffaroni, A. M.*, Eng, M. E.*, Moses, J. A., Zeiner, H. K., & Wickham, R. E.  (minor revision requested).  Four- and five-factor models of the WAIS-IV in a clinical sample: Variations in indicator configuration and factor correlational structure.  Psychological Assessment. 

Kok, B. C.*, Reed, D. R.*, Wickham, R. E., & Brown, L. M.  (in press).  Prevalence and correlates of adult ADHD symptomology in active duty army personnel: Results from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (STARRS).  Journal of Attention Disorders.  doi: 10.1177/1087054716673451

Beard, C. L.*, & Wickham, R. E.  (2016).  Gaming-contingent self-worth, gaming motivation, and internet gaming disorder.  Computers in Human Behavior, 61, 507-515.  doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.03.046

Haas, A. L., Wickham, R. E., & Gibbs, E.*  (2016).  Variability in pregaming typologies across the freshman year: A multi-wave latent transition analysis.  Substance Use and Misuse, 51, 961-971.  doi: 10.3109/10826084.2016.1162813

Wickham, R. E., Beard, C. L.*, Riggle, E. D. B., Rothblum, R. D., Rostosky, S. S., & Balsam, K. F.  (2016).  Accuracy and bias in perceptions of conflict style among same-sex and heterosexual couples.  Journal of Research in Personality, 65, 109-119.  doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2016.10.004

Wickham, R. E., Williamson, R. E.*, Beard, C. L.*, Kobayashi, C. L. B.*, & Hirst, T. W.*  (2016).  Authenticity attenuates the negative effects of interpersonal conflict on daily well-being.  Journal of Research in Personality, 60, 56-62.  doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2015.11.006

Haas, A. L., Wickham, R. E., Macia, K.*, Shields, M.*, Macher, R., & Schulte, T.  (2015).  Identifying classes of conjoint alcohol and marijuana use in entering freshmen. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.  doi: 10.1037/adb0000089

Wickham, R. E., Reed, D. E.*, & Williamson, R. E.*  (2015).  Establishing the psychometric properties of the self and perceived partner versions of the Authenticity in Relationships Scale-Short Form (AIRS-SF): Measurement invariance, reliability, and incremental validity.  Personality and Individual Differences, 77, 62-65.  doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.12.049


Academic Presentations and Posters:


Beard, C., Matsumoto, M., & Wickham, R.E. (under review). Gaming and depression: The meditational role of cannabis use. Poster submitted for presentation at the 2016 American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Denver, CO.

Wickham, R., Beard, C., Rothblum, E., Riggle, E., & Balsam, K. (2016). Perceptual accuracy and bias in conflict styles among same-sex and heterosexual couples. Symposium accepted for presentation at the 2016 American Psychological Association annual Convention in Denver, CO. 

Macia, K.S., & Wickham, R.E. (2016). The impact of item scale misspecification and dichotomization on class and parameter recovery in LCA of count data. Poster accepted for presentation at the sixth annual Modern Modeling Methods Conference, Storrs, CT.

Beard, C., Wickham, R. E. (2016). Gaming-contingent self-worth: Measurement and relationship with Internet gaming disorder. Poster presented at the 2016 Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference, San Diego, CA.

Wickham, R., Williamson, R., Beard, C., Kobayashi, C., & Hirst, T. (2016). Authenticity attenuates the negative effects of interpersonal conflict on daily well-being. Poster presented at the 2016 Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference, San Diego, CA. 

Borish, S., Beard, C., Wickham, R. E., Haug, N. & Haas, A. (2015).  Risky drinking and depression:  Using structural equation modeling to understand the relationship between psychopathology, motives, college connectedness and alcohol problems.  Poster presented at the 2015 Research Society on Alcoholism conference, San Antonio, TX.

Gibbs, E., Borish, S., Beard, C., Wickham, R. E., & Haas, A. (2015). Do behavioral motives mediate the relationship between risky drinking and alcohol-related sexual consequences? A gender comparison. Poster presented at the 2015 ABCT conference, Chicago, IL.

Macia, K. S., Reed, D., Williamson, R., Wickham, R. E., & Haas, A. L. (2015, June). Drinking and the occurrence of alcohol-induced blackouts across first year of college: A parallel latent growth model. Poster presented at the 38th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism Scientific Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

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