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

All-Gender ADA Accessible Restroom

The Psychology Department is very pleased to announce that an all-gender, ADA accessible, family-friendly restroom has been built on the first floor next to the elevators. The department partnered with F&S to construct this new restroom, which is now available to use. Please note that there is an indicator on the door showing whether the restroom is available or in use. Be sure to lock the door while using the restroom, and unlock the door before leaving.