Judith Gere, PhD

Judith Gere

Department of Psychology
Assistant 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

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)
  • Structural Equation Modeling (graduate)


  • Berzins, T. L., Gere, J., Kelly, S. M., & Updegraff, J. A. (in press). Associations between social control, motivation and exercise: Romantic partners and physical activity during young adulthood. Journal of Health Psychology. doi: 10.1177/1359105317727840
  • Gere, J., & Impett, E. A. (in press). Shifting priorities: Effects of partners' goal conflict on goal adjustment processes and relationship quality in developing romantic relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. doi: 10.1177/0265407517698851
  • 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
  • Gere, J., Martire, L. M., Keefe, F. J., Stephens, M. A.P., & Schulz. (2014). Spouse confidence in self-efficacy for arthritis management predicts improved patient health. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 48, 337-346. PMC 4331068
  • Impett, E. A., Gere, J., Kogan, A., Gordon, A. M., & Keltner, D. (2014). How sacrifice impacts the giver and the recipient: Insights from approach-avoidance motivation theory. Journal of Personality, 82, 390-401. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12070
  • Gere, J., MacDonald, G., Joel, S., Spielmann, S. S., & Impett, E. A. (2013). The independent contributions of social reward and threat perceptions to romantic commitment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 961-977. doi: 10.1037/a0033874
  • Gere, J., & MacDonald, G. (2013). Assessing relationship quality across cultures: An examination of measurement equivalence. Personal Relationships, 20, 422. 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., 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



Social Psychology, Physical activity, relationship influences

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Healthy Communities Research Initiative