Maryhope Howland Rutherford
Education: Ph.D., University of Minnesota (2013)
Research Areas: Experimental-Social
Specialty: Social Support, Close Relationships, Health
Research Interests: My research broadly examines associations between close relationships and psychological well-being and health. Recent studies have explored how invisible (very subtle) social support from a romantic partner is more effective than visible (obvious) social support at reducing negative mood and increasing self-efficacy. Current research is exploring how invisible support impacts physiological stress reactivity and health decision making. A secondary area of research explores social factors (such as social norms) impacts food choice and consumption. Other areas of research include empathic accuracy (how accurately one partner perceives the moods of another person), humor, physical mimicry, and adult attachment.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Howland, M. & Simpson, J. A. (in press). Attachment Orientations and Reactivity to Aggressive Humor in a Social Support Context. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
Simpson, J .A. & Howland, M. (2012). Bringing the partner into attachment theory and research: A commentary on Mikulincer and Shaver (2012). Journal of Family Theory and Review.
Howland, M., Hunger, J., & Mann, T. (2012). Friends don't let friends eat cookies: Effects of restrictive eating norms on consumption among friends. Appetite, 59, 505-509.
Shallcross, S., Howland, M., Bemis, J., Frazier, P., & Simson, J. A. (2011). Failing to "capitalize" in social capitalization interactions: The role of attachment insecurity. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 77-85.
Howland, M. & Simpson, J. A. (2010). Getting in under the radar: A dyadic view of invisible support. Psychological Science, 21, 1878-1885.
Howland, M. & Rafaeli, E. (2010). Assessing empathic accuracy with daily diary data. Journal of Personality, 78, 1437-1468.