People—Marie-Joelle Estrada

Research Interests

Dr. Estrada’s main research focus is to understand how western gender roles and expectations influence relationship scripts, quality and satisfaction. Given that close relationships are a central and important part of most people’s lives it is valuable to understand how they are influenced by a construct such as gender that is embedded in our institutions, actions, beliefs, and desires. Although based in psychology her research also draws from many complementary areas such as public health, sociology, communications, women’s and gender studies, health psychology and consumer behavior. Her current research interests are addressed by the following key questions:

1) What factors affect college women’s condom use during hookup encounters?

2) What influences do the media depictions of romance have on our own expectations and satisfaction with our relationships?

3) How does romance change over time and what role does it have in maintaining relationships?

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • PSY 101  Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY/CSP 267  Psychology of Gender
  • PSY/CSP 232  The Psychology of Consumerism
  • PSY/CSP 283  Behavioral Medicine

Selected Publications

  • Estrada, M.J (in press). Gendered Scripts in adult heterosexual romantic relationships. In The Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender.
  • Estrada, M. J. (2011). Romantic Communication in Intimate Relationships: The Romantic Construal Model. In M. Paludi (Ed.) The Psychology of Love. 125-140.
  • Leary, M.R., Estrada, M.J., & Allen, A.B. (2009). The Analogue-I and the Analogue-Me: The Avatars of the Self. In V.S.Y. Kwan & L. Gaertner (Eds.), Two Sides to Every Self Process (Special issue of Self and Identity; pp. 147-161). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Smith, S.M., Fabrigar, L.R., Powell, D.M., & Estrada, M.J. (2007). The role of information-processing capacity and goals in attitude-congruent selective exposure effects. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 948-960.
  • Fabrigar, L.R. & Estrada, M.J. (2006). The Multitrait-Multimethod matrix and convergent validity. In N.J. Salkind (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics. (pp. 666-669). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Rusbult, C.E., Kumashiro, M., Wolf, S. & Estrada M.J. (2004). The Michelangelo Phenomenon. In E. Finkel & K. Vohs (Eds.), Self and relationships: Connecting intrapersonal and interpersonal processes. (pp. 317-341). New York, NY: Guilford.

Quick Facts

Title: Lecturer of Psychology

Education: Ph.D., Duke University

Contact Info

456 Meliora Hall
Department of Clinical & Social Sciences in Psychology
Box 270266
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627

Phone: (585) 276-5274

Office Hours: By appointment