How do close relationships bring out the best in us? My research program is designed to understand the ways in which relationship partners can encourage one another to seek out opportunities for personal growth, and how this can benefit relationships and health. I also seek to understand how partners can maintain healthy relationships by communicating positive regard and finding optimal levels of idealization (when one perceives a partner to view oneself slightly more positively than one sees oneself). Students in my lab will be exposed to a variety of research methods (including experimental, longitudinal, physiological, and observational) and consider relationship processes in both younger and older adults.
BA, University of Rochester, 2005; MA (2007), PhD (2010), Stony Brook University
Social psychology, health psychology, close relationships, psychophysiology, and statistics.
*Indicates a Colgate student co-author.
Tomlinson, J.M., Feeney, B.C., & Peters, B. (2020). Growing into retirement: Longitudinal evidence for the importance of partner support for self-expansion. Journal of Psychology and Aging, 35, 1041–1049.
Tomlinson, J.M., Hughes, E.K., Lewandowski, G.W., Jr., Aron, A., & *Geyer, R. (2019). Do shared self-expanding activities have to be physically arousing? Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 19, 2781-2801.
Feeney, B.C., Van Vleet, M., Jakubiak, B., & Tomlinson, J.M. (2017). Predicting the pursuit and support of challenging life opportunities. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 1171-1187.
*Sherry, A., Tomlinson, J.M., Loe, M., & Feeney, B.C. (2017) Apprehensive about retirement: Women, life transitions, and relationships. Journal of Women and Aging, 29(6), 173-184.
Tomlinson, J.M., Feeney, B.C., & Van Vleet, M. (2016). A longitudinal investigation of relational catalyst support of goal strivings. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 11(3), 246-257.
Fivecoat, H.C., Tomlinson, J.M., Aron, A., & Caprariello, P.A. (2015). Partner responsiveness to one’s own self-expansion opportunities: Effects on relationship satisfaction. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 32(3), 368-385.
Tomlinson, J.M., Aron, A., Carmichael, C.L., Reis, H.T., & Holmes, J.G. (2014). The costs of being put on a pedestal: The effects of feeling over-idealized in married and dating relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31(3), 384-409.
Feeney, B.C., Collins, N.L., Van Vleet, M., & Tomlinson, J.M. (2013). Motivations for providing a secure base: Links with attachment orientations and secure base behavior. Attachment and Human Development, 15, 261-280.
Tomlinson, J.M. & Aron, A (2013). The path to closeness: A mediational model for overcoming the risks of increasing closeness. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 805-812.
Schulz, R., Beach, S.R., Cook, T.B., Martire, L.M., Tomlinson, J.M., & Monin, J.K., (2012). Predictors and consequences of lack of choice in informal caregiving. Journal of Aging and Mental Health, 16, 712-721.
Tomlinson, J.M., Carmichael, C.M., Reis, H.T., & Aron, A. (2010). Affective forecasting and individual differences: Accuracy for relational events and anxious attachment. Emotion, 10, 447-453.
Jakubiak, B.K., & Tomlinson, J.M. (2020). The role of social support in promoting self-development. In Mattingly, B.A., McIntyre, K.P., & Lewandowski, G.W., Jr. (Eds.) Interpersonal Relationships and the Self Concept. (pp. 125-144). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
Mattingly, B., Tomlinson, J.M., & McIntyre, K. (2020). Advances in Self-Expansion. In L. Vanderdrift , C. Agnew, & X. Arriaga (Eds.) Advances in Personal Relationships. (pp. 225-245). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Aron, A. & Tomlinson, J.M. (2019). Love as expansion of the self. In R.J. Sternberg & K. Sternberg (Eds.) New Psychology of Love, 2nd Edition (pp. 1-24). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Tomlinson, J.M., Aron, A., & Hatfield, E. (2018). Romantic love. In D. Perlman & A. Vangelisti (Eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Personal Relationships (pp. 405-421). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Mashek, D., Milillo, D., & Tomlinson, J.M. (2015). Early career considerations: Postdoctoral positions, adjunct teaching, and getting the first academic job. In D.S. Dunn (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Undergraduate Psychology Education (pp. 711-728). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Tomlinson, J.M. & Aron, A. (2013). The positive psychology of romantic love. In M. Hojjat & D. Cramer (Eds.), Positive Psychology of Love (pp. 3-15). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Tomlinson, J.M. & Aron, A. (2012). Relationship neuroscience: Where we are and where we might be going. In O. Gillath, G.E. Adams, and A.D. Kunkel (Eds.), Relationship Science: Integrating Evolutionary, Neuroscience, and Sociocultural Approaches (pp. 13-26). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University (2010-2013)
|2018||Society for Personality and Social Psychology Small Research Grant $1,500|
|2017||Society for Personality and Social Psychology Teacher/Scholar Travel Award|
|2013||University of Pittsburgh Aging Research Day Award for Excellence in Aging Research|
|2013||Discretionary Research Grant (Colgate University) $1,500|
|2012||Steve Duck New Scholar Award from the International Association for Relationship Research|
|2012||James McKeen Cattell Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Psychology from the New York Academy of Sciences|
|2011||Berkman Faculty Development Grant (Carnegie Mellon University) $5,500|
|2010||National Research Service Award from National Institute on Aging $143,670|
|2010||Award for Excellence in Teaching from Department of Psychology (Stony Brook University)|
|2009||President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student (Stony Brook University)|
|2007||Summer Institute for Social Psychology (SISP): Selected from pool of graduate students for National Science Foundation-funded course on self-regulation and goals. (Austin, TX)|
|2005||Full Tuition Scholarship for Psychology Graduate Program (Stony Brook University)|