People—Marie-Joelle Estrada

Dr. Estrada's research focuses on interpersonal relationships – specifically romantic relationship initiation and progression over time.

Research Interests

I am a social psychologist with a primary interest in interpersonal relationships – specifically romantic relationship initiation and progression over time. My general interest within this area began by trying to understand how romantic relationships differ from other close relationships and why some relationships succeed while others fail. I address these general questions within two main lines of research. The first addresses the nature of romance, specifically how romantic actions differ from expressions of affection and love, the use of romance in relationship initiation and maintenance, and people's different motivations for behaving romantically. The second line of research examines biases in how partners perceive one another and how their biased perceptions affect the trajectory of the relationship. I examine these biases as in terms of separation of partner specific idealization from generalized romantic idealization, and also as stemming from personality variables such as narcissism and attachment style.

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

  • 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