Dr Nickola Christine Overall

PhD

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Associate Professor

Biography

Nickola Overall is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology. Her research examines how emotional, attachment and relationship difficulties can be overcome to build healthy relationships. Nickola was recently awarded the Caryl Rusbult Close Relationships Early Career Award. She has also been the recipient of two teaching awards at the University of Auckland, and she is a dedicated supervisor.

Research | Current

Our relationships with others have a powerful impact on psychological and physical health. Nickola's research focuses on how emotional, attachment and relationship difficulties can be overcome to build healthy relationships and personal happiness. For example, Nickola examines the function of emotions in regulating behaviour and maintaining relationships with others. Nickola assesses how people's relationship histories and beliefs influence the way they respond in relationships. And, Nickola investigates how couples and families can effectively support each other and resolve conflict to enhance health and relationship success. Read more about my research programmes here: http://relationships.auckland.ac.nz/

Teaching | Current

Nickola teaches social psychology in two undergraduate courses (PSYCH 204 and PSYCH 311), a postgraduate course (PSYCH 716), and has a large team of research students. For more information on working in the Close Relationships and Interpersonal Processes Lab click the link below and/or contact Nickola.

Read more about the Social Psychology Postgraduate Programme

Distinctions/Honours

  • Caryl Rusbult Close Relationships Early Career Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2014
  • Fellow, Society of Personality and Social Psychology, 2014
  • Dean's Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching, 2013
  • Identified as ‘Rising Star’, Association for Psychological Science, 2011
  • Fellow, Society of Experimental Social Psychology, 2010
  • University of Auckland Early Career Excellence Award, 2010

Responsibilities

Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Psychology

Areas of expertise

Social Psychology, Close Relationships, Interpersonal Influence, Communication, Conflict, Support, Attachment, Interpersonal Perceptions, Emotion Regulation

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Associate Editor, Social Psychological and Personality Science
  • Consulting Editor, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Personal Relationships, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Overall, N. C., & Simpson, J. A. (2014). Attachment and Dyadic Regulation Processes. Current Opinion in Psychology. 10.1016/j.copsyc.2014.11.008
  • Simpson, J. A., & Overall, N. C. (2014). Partner Buffering of Attachment Insecurity. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23 (1), 54-59. 10.1177/0963721413510933
  • Overall, N. C., Girme, Y. U., Lemay, E. P., & Hammond, M. D. (2014). Attachment anxiety and reactions to relationship threat: the benefits and costs of inducing guilt in romantic partners. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106 (2), 235-256. 10.1037/a0034371
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matt Hammond , Yuthika Girme
  • Hammond, M. D., & Overall, N. C. (2013). Men's hostile sexism and biased perceptions of intimate partners: fostering dissatisfaction and negative behavior in close relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39 (12), 1585-1599. 10.1177/0146167213499026
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matt Hammond
  • Girme, Y. U., Overall, N. C., & Simpson, J. A. (2013). When visibility matters: short-term versus long-term costs and benefits of visible and invisible support. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39 (11), 1441-1454. 10.1177/0146167213497802
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yuthika Girme
  • Campbell, L., Overall, N. C., Rubin, H., & Lackenbauer, S. D. (2013). Inferring a partner's ideal discrepancies: accuracy, projection, and the communicative role of interpersonal behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105 (2), 217-233. 10.1037/a0033009
  • Overall, N. C., Simpson, J. A., & Struthers, H. (2013). Buffering attachment-related avoidance: Softening emotional and behavioral defenses during conflict discussions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104 (5), 854-871. 10.1037/a0031798
  • Overall, N. C., & Hammond, M. D. (2013). Biased and accurate: depressive symptoms and daily perceptions within intimate relationships. Pers Soc Psychol Bull, 39 (5), 636-650. 10.1177/0146167213480188
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matt Hammond

Contact details

  • Media Contact

Primary location

HUMAN SCIENCES BUILDING - EAST
Level 5, Room 201E-539
10 SYMONDS ST
Auckland 1010
New Zealand