Education: PhD., University of Toronto (2012)
Postdoctoral Training: Center for Healthy Aging, Penn State University
Research/Graduate Area: Experimental - Social
Specialty: Personality and Individual Differences, Social Psychology
Research Interests: My research focuses on the topics of subjective well-being, goal pursuit, and romantic relationships. I am particularly interested in how romantic partners pursue their goals (both joint and individual) in the context of their romantic relationships, and how strategies of goal pursuit influence the romantic relationship itself and the well-being of the partners. My current studies focus on a) the influence of dyadic goal conflict on self-regulation, b) a romantic partner’s influence on the pursuit of health goals (e.g., exercise goals), and c) the effects of planning together with a partner on relationship quality and divorce. Additionally, I am also interested in quantitative measurement and methodology, especially SEM (structural equation modeling).
Courses frequently taught:
- Personality (undergraduate)
- Structural Equation Modeling (graduate)
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Gere, J., MacDonald, G., Joel, S., Spielmann, S. S., & Impett, E. A. (in press). The independent contributions of social reward and threat perceptions to romantic commitment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. doi: 10.1037/a0033874
Zou, C., Schimmack, U., & Gere, J. (in press). Towards an integrated theory of the nature and measurement of well-being: A multiple-indicator-multiple-rater model. Psychological Assessment.
Gere, J., & MacDonald, G. (in press). Assessing relationship quality across cultures: An examination of measurement equivalence. Personal Relationships. doi: 10.1111/pere.12001
Gere, J., & Schimmack, U. (2013). When romantic partners’ goals conflict: Effects on relationship quality and subjective well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 37-49. doi: 10.1007/s10902-011-9314-2
Gere, J., & Helwig, C. C. (2012). Young adults’ attitudes and reasoning about gender roles in the family context. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 36, 301-313. doi: 10.1177/0361684312444272
Schimmack, U. , & Gere, J. (2012). The utility of network analysis for personality psychology. European Journal of Personality, 26, 446-447. doi: 10.1002/per.1876
MacDonald, G., Marshall, T. C., Gere, J., Shimotomai, A., & July, L. (2012). Valuing romantic relationships: The role of family approval across cultures. Cross-Cultural Research, 46, 366-393. doi: 10.1177/1069397112450854
Gere, J., Schimmack, U., Pinkus, R. T., & Lockwood, P. (2011). The effects of romantic partners’ goal congruence on affective well-being. Journal of Research in Personality. 45, 549-559. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2011.06.010
Gere, J., & Schimmack, U. (2011). A multi-occasion multi-rater model of affective dispositions and affective well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies. 12, 931-945. doi:10.1007/s10902-010-9237-3
Gere, J., & MacDonald, G. (2010). An update of the empirical case for the need to belong. Journal of Individual Psychology, 66, 93-115.