Alexandra E. Black, Ph.D.

  • Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology with a quantitative focus, University of Rochester
  • B.S. with honors research distinction, The Ohio State University

Research Interest Summary

Close Relationships, Derogation of Alternatives, Attachment Security-Enhancement

Research Interests

I am interested in examining how an individual’s perceptions of their romantic partner’s behaviors during threatening experiences influence feelings of relationship security. In particular, my work assesses how committed people attenuate extradyadic threat through perceptions of their partners’ derogation of alternatives (I refer to this process as PPD). Relatedly, my research seeks to identify the specific routes that promote attachment security for anxious partners when alternative threat activates their attachment fears. I also have a passion for teaching statistics at both an undergraduate and graduate level.  

Selected Publications


Black, A. E. (in press). Responding to threatening online alternatives: Perceiving the partner’s commitment through their social media behaviors. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.  

Black, A. E. & Reis, H.T. (2022). Is my partner committed to me or tempted by others?: Perceptions of the partner’s devaluation of attractive alternatives. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, 3, 100042. 

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