R. Chris Fraley

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Program Area: Social/Personality

Professor of Psychology

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Research Description

R. Chris Fraley's research involves the study of attachment processes in close relationships, personality dynamics and development, and research methods. He is also broadly interested in issues at the interface of social cognition, development, evolution, and psychodynamics.

He received his PhD from the University of California, Davis in 1999 in Social-Personality Psychology. In 2007 he received the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of Individual Differences.


  • Ph.D. from University of California, Davis (1999)


  • Internet Methods in Psychological Research
  • Personality Psychology Lab


Journal Articles

  • Hudson, Nathan W. "Volitional personality trait change: Can people choose to change their personality traits?." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 109 (2015): 490-507.
  • Fraley, R. C., G. I. Roisman, C. Booth-LaForce, M. T. Owen, and A. S. Holland. "Interpersonal and genetic origins of adult attachment styles: A longitudinal study from infancy to early adulthood." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 104 (2013): 8817-838.
  • Fraley, R. C., and M. E. Heffernan. " Attachment and parental divorce: A test of the diffusion and sensitive period hypotheses." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 39 (2013): 1199-1213.
  • Fraley, R. C., G. I. Roisman, and J. D. Haltigan. "The legacy of early experiences in development: Formalizing alternative models of how early experiences are carried forward over time." Developmental Psychology 49 (2013): 109-126.
  • Fraley, R. C., and C. M. Tancredy. "Twin and sibling attachment in a nationally representative sample." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 38 (2012): 308-316.
  • Fraley, R. C., A. M. Vicary, C. C. Brumbaugh, and G. I. Roisman. "Patterns of stability in adult attachment: An empirical test of two models of continuity and change." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 101 (2011): 974-992.
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Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.