Dr Nickola Overall

PhD

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Associate Professor

Biography

Nickola Overall is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology. Nickola's research examines how emotional, attachment and relationship difficulties can be overcome to build healthy relationships. See below for more information on her research and teaching.

Research | Current

Our relationships with others have a powerful impact on our psychological and physical wellbeing. Nickola's research focuses on how emotional, attachment and relationship difficulties can be overcome to build healthy relationships and personal happiness. For example, Nickola investigates how couples and families can effectively support each other and resolve conflict to enhance relationship success. Nickola also assesses how people's relationship insecurities and negative beliefs influence the way they respond in relationships, and she investigates the factors that can overcome the dysfunctional patterns arising from relationship insecurity and biased perceptions. Read more about Nickola's 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 REACH Lab click the link below and/or contact Nickola. Also read more about Nickola's research programmes and students here: http://relationships.auckland.ac.nz/

Distinctions/Honours

  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Reserach Supervision, 2016
  • Gerald R. Miller Award for Early Career Achievement, International Association of Relationship Research, 2016
  • Fellow, Association of Psychological Science, 2015
  • 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

Areas of expertise

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

Committees/Professional groups/Services

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

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Overall, N. C., & Hammond, M. D. (2018). How Intimate Relationships Contribute to Gender Inequality: Sexist Attitudes Encourage Women to Trade Off Career Success for Relationship Security. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 5 (1), 40-48. 10.1177/2372732217745096
  • Hammond, M. D., & Overall, N. C. (2017). Dynamics Within Intimate Relationships and the Causes, Consequences, and Functions of Sexist Attitudes. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26 (2), 120-125. 10.1177/0963721416686213
  • Overall, N. C., & McNulty, J. K. (2017). What Type of Communication during Conflict is Beneficial for Intimate Relationships?. Current opinion in psychology, 13, 1-5. 10.1016/j.copsyc.2016.03.002
  • Overall, N. C. (2017). Does partners’ negative-direct communication during conflict help sustain perceived commitment and relationship quality across time?. Social Psychological and Personality Science10.1177/1948550617712030
  • Overall, N. C., Hammond, M. D., McNulty, J. K., & Finkel, E. J. (2016). When power shapes interpersonal behavior: Low relationship power predicts men's aggressive responses to low situational power. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111 (2), 195-217. 10.1037/pspi0000059
  • Girme, Y. U., Overall, N. C., Faingataa, S., & Sibley, C. G. (2016). Happily Single: The Link Between Relationship Status and Well-Being Depends on Avoidance and Approach Social Goals. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7 (2), 122-130. 10.1177/1948550615599828
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31550
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris Sibley
  • Hammond, M. D., Overall, N. C., & Cross, E. J. (2016). Internalizing sexism within close relationships: Perceptions of intimate partners' benevolent sexism promote women's endorsement of benevolent sexism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110 (2), 214-238. 10.1037/pspi0000043
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Emily Cross
  • Overall, N. C., Fletcher, G. J., Simpson, J. A., & Fillo, J. (2015). Attachment insecurity, biased perceptions of romantic partners' negative emotions, and hostile relationship behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 108 (5), 730-749. 10.1037/a0038987

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Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
23 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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