Amanda Forest, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, Psychology

Graduate Student Advisees:

  • Emily O'Brien
  • Kirby Sigler 

* NOTE: Dr. Forest is not accepting students to work exclusively in her lab for 2024-2025 but will consider applicants who are interested in being co-mentored by her and another departmental faculty member. Students who have an interest in dyadic/relational influences on smoking/health behavior are encouraged to apply jointly to Dr. Forest and Dr. Michael Sayette.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Waterloo

Research Interest Summary

Close Relationships; Emotional Expressivity; Support Provision; Self-Esteem

Research Interests

Representative Publications

Forest, A. L., Sigler, K. N., Bain, K. S., O’Brien, E. R., & Wood, J. V. (in press). Self-esteem’s impacts on intimacy-building: Pathways through self-disclosure and responsiveness. Current Opinion in Psychology. 

Chandler, K. R., Krueger, K. L., Forest, A. L., & Orehek, E. (2023). Interested and instrumental: An examination of instrumentality regulation with potential romantic partners. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 49, 197–214. 

Krueger, K. L. & Forest, A. L. (2022). Putting responsiveness in context: How a partner’s responsiveness baseline shapes perceived responsiveness. Personal Relationships, 29, 857–874.

Forest, A. L., Walsh, R. M., & Krueger, K. L. (2021). Facilitating and motivating support: How support seekers can affect the support they receive. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, e12600.

Walsh, R. M., & Forest, A. L. (2021). Can expressing positivity elicit support for negative events? A process model and review. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 25, 3-40.

 Krueger, K. L., & Forest, A. L. (2020). Communicating commitment: A relationship-protection account of dyadic displays on social media. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46, 1059-1073.

Orehek, E, Forest, A. L., & Barbaro, N. (2018). A people-as-means approach to interpersonal relationships. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 13, 373-389.

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.

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.

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