Judith Gere, PhD

Judith Gere

Department of Psychological Sciences
Associate Professor
Office Location:
Room 211 Kent Hall
Contact Information
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Postdoctoral Training:

Center for Healthy Aging, Penn State University

Research/Graduate Area:

Does Dr. Gere plan to recruit a doctoral student for the next incoming class?


Personality and Individual Differences, Social Psychology, Quantitative Methods

Research Interests:

I am primarily interested in understanding factors that contribute to higher levels of subjective well-being. High quality romantic relationships and the ability to pursue personal goals are both strong predictors of well-being; thus, most of my research has centered on these topics, especially the interplay between relationships and goal pursuits. For example, I have examined the effects of conflict between relationship partners' goals (on the goals, the relationship, and well-being), the strategies partners might use to resolve or minimize goal conflict, how romantic partners can facilitate each other's goal pursuits, and the accuracy of partners' perceptions of each other's goals and motivations. I have also been doing some work recently investigating self-growth, specifically, how relationship dynamics may affect self-growth and how individual differences related to well-being (e.g., mindfulness, resilience) and self-growth influence relationship experiences and dynamics. Additionally, I am also interested in quantitative measurement and methodology, especially SEM (structural equation modeling).

Courses frequently taught:

  • Personality (undergraduate)
  • Science of Well-Being (undergraduate)
  • Structural Equation Modeling (graduate)

Selected Publications:

  • LaBuda, J. E., & Gere, J. (2021). Perceptions of daily sacrifice motives: Accuracy, bias, outcomes, and moderators. Journal of Research in Personality, 90, 104045. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2020.104045 
  • Spielmann, S. S., Gere, J., Cantarella, I. A., Roberson, J., & Brindley, S. L. (2020). Relationship Quality and Accuracy of Detecting a Romantic Partner's Fear of Being Single. Journal of Research in Personality, 87, 103967. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2020.103967 
  • Harasymchuk, C., Muise, A., Bacev-Giles, C., Gere, J., & Impett, E. A. (2020). Broadening your horizon one day at a time: Relationship goals and exciting activities as daily antecedents of relational self-expansion. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 37, 1910-1926. doi: 10.1177/0265407520911202 
  • LaBuda, J. E., Gere, J., & Impett, E. A. (2020). Perceptions of a Romantic Partner’s Approach and Avoidance Motives: Accuracy, Bias, and Emotional Cues. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 119, 695-712. doi: 10.1037/pspp0000256 
  • Berzins, T. L., Gere, J., Kelly, S. M., & Updegraff, J. A. (2019). Associations between social control, motivation and exercise: Romantic partners and physical activity during young adulthood. Journal of Health Psychology, 24, 1425-1435. doi: 10.1177/1359105317727840 
  • Muise, A., Harasymchuk, C., Day, L. C., Bacev-Giles, C., Gere, J., & Impett, E. A. (2019). Broadening your horizons: Self-expanding activities promote desire and satisfaction in established romantic relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 116, 237-258. doi: 10.1037/pspi0000148 
  • Berzins, T. L., LaBuda, J. E., & Gere, J. (2018). An examination of accuracy and bias in perceptions of a partner’s motives for health behavior regulation. British Journal of Health Psychology, 23, 872-887. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12321 
  • Gere, J., & Impett, E. A. (2018). Shifting priorities: Effects of partners’ goal conflict on goal adjustment processes and relationship quality in developing romantic relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 35, 793-810. doi: 10.1177/0265407517698851 
  • Cappuzzello, A. C., & Gere, J. (2018). Can you make my goals easier to achieve? Effects of partner instrumentality on goal pursuit and relationship satisfaction. Personal Relationships, 25, 268-279. doi: 10.1111/pere.12238 
  • Gere, J., Almeida, D. M., & Martire, L. M. (2016) The effects of lack of joint goal planning on divorce over 10 years. PLoS ONE, 11(9), e0163543. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0163543 
  • Righetti, F., Gere, J., Visserman, M., Hoffman, W., & Van Lange, P. (2016). The burden of empathy: Partners’ response to divergence of interests in daily life. Emotion, 16, 684-690. doi: 10.1037/emo0000163 


Goal Pursuit, Person Perception, Romantic Relationships, Self-Expansion, Well-being

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Healthy Communities Research Initiative