Dr Nickola Christine 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

  • 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

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)

  • 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
  • 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
  • Girme, Y. U., Overall, N. C., Simpson, J. A., & Fletcher, G. J. (2015). "All or nothing": attachment avoidance and the curvilinear effects of partner support. Journal of personality and social psychology, 108 (3), 450-475. 10.1037/a0038866
  • Overall, N. C., & Simpson, J. A. (2014). Attachment and Dyadic Regulation Processes. Current Opinion in Psychology10.1016/j.copsyc.2014.11.008
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Contact details

  • Media Contact

Primary location

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