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Alexandra Black

Graduate Student
Entry Year: 2016-2017
Faculty Mentor(s): Harry Reis

498A Meliora Hall
Fax: (585) 273-1100

Research Overview

My research passion lies with studying romantic relationship processes. I am particularly interested in how couples utilize maintenance mechanisms, such as derogation of attractive alternatives, to attenuate extradyadic threat and bolster trust levels. I do this by examining how dyadic feedback processes unique to a particular couple interact with each individual's personality traits to influence relational outcomes.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Jamieson, J. P., Black, A. E., Pelaia, L., & Reis, H. T. (in press). The impact of math anxiety on stress appraisals, neuroendocrine responses, and academic performance in a community college sample. Journal of Educational Psychology.
  • Black, A. E., & Reis, H., T. (2019) Responsiveness. In The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Families, Marriages, and Intimate Relationships (Vol 2, pp. 754-756). Macmillan Reference USA.

Selected Presentations

  • Black, A. E., & Reis, H. T. (2019, May). Is your eye roaming?: Perceptions of the partner's devaluation of attractive alternatives. Symposium Presentation at the 6th Annual Social Psychologists Around Western New York (SPAWN). Syracuse, NY.
  • Black, A. E., & Reis, H. T. (2018, May). Perceiving Targets as Responsive Increases Resilience When Experiencing Daily Setback. Poster Presentation at the International Association of Relationship Researchers (IARR) Conference. Fort Collins, CO.
  • Black, A. E., & Reis, H. T. (2017, June). Perseverance and Passion for One's Partner: Exploring Grit in a Relational Context. Poster Presentation at the New Scholars Workshop for the International Association of Relationship Researchers (IARR) Mini-Conference. Syracuse, NY.
  • Black, A. E., & Crocker, J. (2016, March). Characteristics of Self-Protective and Wholehearted People. Poster Presentation at the 20th Annual Denman Forum. Columbus, OH.


  • Teaching Assistant: Data Analysis I (Graduate-level statistics course); Fall 2019
  • Teaching Assistant: Social Cognition, Fall 2018
  • Teaching Assistant: Human Sexuality, Spring 2017; Spring 2018
  • Teaching Assistant: Relationship Processes and Emotion, Fall 2016; Fall 2017
  • Statistics Tutor: Data Analysis, 2015-2016


  • 2016: Denman Forum Awardee
  • 2016: Inducted into Sigma Xi Honors Society
  • 2015-2016: Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society
  • 2014: Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
  • 2013-2016: Inducted into Psi Chi Honors Society
  • 2012-2016: Dean's List

Additional Information

2019: Master of Arts in Social Psychology from The University of Rochester

2016: Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Ohio State University with Honors Research Distinction, Summa Cum Laude