Amie M. Gordon
Center for Health and Community
University of California, San Francisco
I am a postdoctoral scholar in the Center for Health and Community (CHC) at the University of Berkeley, San Francisco working with Wendy Berry Mendes. I received my Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology from UC Berkeley in 2013 and my B.A. in Psychology from UCLA in 2006.
As a social-personality psychologist, I explore both the contextual and dispositional factors that influence the maintenance of close relationships. I take a multi-method approach, drawing upon experiment, daily experience, dyadic, and observational methodologies. My research can be organized into three main areas:
One line of my research focuses on the roles that prosocial emotions, cognitions, and behaviors play in helping relationships flourish. For example, in one vein of this work, I examine how the prosocial emotion gratitude promotes the maintenance of intimate bonds. More recently, I've been exploring how cognitions about feeling understood buffer against the negative effects of conflict.
In a second line of research, I examine whether having power over a partner influences relationship functioning. For example, in a recent project, I examined whether having power over a relationship partner helped or hurt perspective taking in the relationship.
In a third line of research, I examine the impact of sleep on relationship functioning. Recently, I found that one partner's sleep problems influences the degree, nature, and resolution of relationship conflict for both partners.