Amanda Forest, Ph.D.


3429 Sennott Square 210 S. Bouquet St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15260





Research Interests

Close relationships; Emotional expressivity and self-disclosure; Self-esteem; Embodied cognition; Mood contagion; Interpersonal communication.



Accepting Graduate Students:  No

Graduate Student Advisees:

  • Kori Krueger
  • Rebecca Walsh


  • Ph.D., University of Waterloo


  • Warren Ober Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student in the Faculty of Arts, University of Waterloo (2013)
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology Travel Award (2012)
  • International Association for Relationships Research Student Submission Award (2012)
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2008-2011)


  • for1

    Orehek, E., & Forest, A. L. (2016). When people serve as means to goals: Implications of a motivational account of close personal relationships. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 25, 79-84.

  • for2

    Wood, J. V. & Forest, A. L. (2016). Self-protective yet self-defeating: The paradox of low self-esteem people's self-disclosures. In J. M. Olson & M. P. Zanna (Eds), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, Volume 53, 131-181. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press.

  • for3

    Forest, A. L., Kille, D. R., Stehouwer, L., & Wood, J. V. (2015). Turbulent times, rocky relationships? Physical instability triggers risk regulation processes in established romantic relationships. Psychological Science, 26, 1261-1271.

  • for4

    Forest, A. L., Kille, D. R., Wood, J. V., & Holmes, J. G. (2014). Discount and disengage: How chronic negative expressivity affects partner responsiveness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107, 1013-1032.

  • for7

    Forest, A. L., & Wood, J. V. (2012). When social networking is not working: Individuals with low self-esteem recognize but do not reap the benefits of self-disclosure on Facebook. Psychological Science, 23, 295-302.

  • for8

    Forest, A. L., & Wood, J. V. (2011). When partner caring leads to sharing: Partner responsiveness increases expressivity, but only for people with low self-esteem. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 843-848.