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Erin McCoy

Doctoral Student/PAIR Lab Research Assistant

Degrees:Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Psychology, St. Olaf College, 2016; Master of Arts, Psychology, American University, 2021

My research interests center around friendship in adulthood. My master’s thesis focused on relational interdependent self-construal, self-efficacy, and how likely someone was to initiate and follow through on friendship maintenance behavior. In my doctoral work I continue to research friendships as important close relationships that play critical roles in our well-being. Specifically, for my doctoral thesis I will be investigating the potential benefits and consequences of gossip within close friendships.

Master’s Thesis Title: Relational interdependent self-construal and friendship maintenance in adulthood