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Jaye L. Derrick, Ph.D.

Jaye L. Derrick

Assistant Professor
Director, Social Processes Lab Website
Social Psychology
Ph.D., University at Buffalo, SUNY

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B.A., Texas A&M University, 2002
M.A., University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2004
Ph.D., University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2008

Research Interests

The influence of close relationships (and faux relationships) on self-regulation, well-being, health, health behaviors, and addictive behaviors; the influence of substance use on close relationship functioning and intimate partner aggression; daily diary and EMA research methods.

Courses Taught


  • Introductory Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Cognition


  • Foundations of Social Psychology
  • Applied Regression Analysis
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis

Selected Publications

Derrick, J. L. & Murray, S. L. (2007). Enhancing relationship perceptions by reducing felt inferiority: The role of attachment style. Personal Relationships, 14, 531-549. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2007.00170.x

Derrick, J. L., Gabriel, S., & Tippin, B. (2008). Parasocial relationships and self-discrepancies: Faux relationships have benefits for low self-esteem individuals. Personal Relationships, 15, 261-280. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2008.00197.x

Murray, S. L., Derrick, J. L., Leder, S., & Holmes, J. G. (2008). Balancing connectedness and self-protection goals in close relationships: A levels of processing perspective on risk regulation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 429-459. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.94.3.429

Derrick, J. L., Gabriel, S., & Hugenberg, K. J. (2009). Social surrogacy: How favored television programs provide the experience of belonging. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 352-362. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2008.12.003

Derrick, J. L., Leonard, K. E., Quigley, B. M., Houston, R. J., Testa, M., & Kubiak, A. (2010). Relationship-specific alcohol expectancies in couples with concordant and discrepant drinking patterns. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 71, 761-768. PMCID: PMC2930508

Derrick, J. L., Leonard, K. E., & Homish, G. G. (2012). Dependence regulation in newlywed couples: A prospective examination. Personal Relationships, 19, 644-662. PMCID: PMC4123762

Derrick, J. L., Leonard, K. E., & Homish, G. G. (2013). Perceived partner responsiveness predicts decreases in smoking during the first nine years of marriage. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 15, 1528-1536. PMCID: PMC3741060

Derrick, J. L. (2013). Energized by television: Familiar fictional worlds restore self-control. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 299-307. doi:  10.1177/1948550612454889

Crane, C. A., Testa, M., Derrick, J. L., & Leonard, K. E. (2014). Daily associations among self-control, heavy episodic drinking, and relationship functioning: An examination of actor and partner effects. Aggressive Behavior, 40, 440-450. PMCID: PMC4138256

Derrick, J. L., Testa, M., & Leonard, K. E. (2014). Daily reports of intimate partner verbal aggression by self and partner: Short-term consequences and implications for measurement. Psychology of Violence, 4, 416-431. PMCID: PMC4206949

Testa, M., & Derrick, J. L. (2014). A daily process examination of the temporal association between alcohol use and verbal and physical aggression in community couples. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28, 127-138. PMCID: PMC4073204

Murray, S. L., Holmes, J. G., Griffin, D. W., & Derrick, J. L. (2015). The equilibrium model of relationship maintenance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 108, 93-113. doi: 10.1037/pspi0000004

Troisi, J., Gabriel, S., Derrick, J. L., & Geisler, A. (2015). Threatened belonging and preference for comfort food among the securely attached. Appetite, 90, 58-64. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.02.029