INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND APPLIED METHODS
Dr. Wickham’s research has focused upon several lines of research investigating the association between authenticity and interpersonal functioning and psychological well-being. He is preparing a study examining intra- and inter-individual differences in felt authenticity and attachment orientation, and the degree to which these various components may account for cross-role variation in perceived closeness and interpersonal trust.
The research group is currently collecting data for an Intensive Longitudinal Continuous Cohort (IL-CC) Study called Project LIFEYEAR. This study aims at understanding the interactions between psychological, social, and ecological (e.g. climate) factors for individuals over the course of one year. The longitudinal design of this study provides novel and important information about the roles of interpersonal and environmental factors on daily well-being.
Students typically develop a topic of personal interest in their first year in this group and are encouraged to continue with that analysis or investigation of a related topic as the basis of their dissertation study.
The research projects will allow the students to gain research skills from designing a study, literature reviews, recruiting subjects, administering tests and interviews, data entry and data analyses, presenting at professional conferences, and possibly writing manuscripts. Students will also be encouraged to conduct their own research projects and compete for student awards, fellowships, and grants. This training is aimed to help the student become a more independent researcher by the time he/she advances for dissertation.
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