Carol Wilson is a social psychologist who received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in psychology from Texas A&M University. Prior to coming to Penn State Erie, she taught and conducted research at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Dr. Wilson also has a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech and eight years of work experience in the chemical manufacturing industry.
Dr. Wilson’s research interests include romantic relationships, attachment theory, social support, pain, the transition to parenthood, and relationship-based memory. She investigates how romantic partners perceive and influence each other in relationship contexts, particularly those involving a stressor (e.g., first-time parenthood), and the implications this may have for future outcomes such as relationship satisfaction and stability. Her research employs a multi-method approach in which participants’ self-reported survey data is supplemented with behavioral observation and physiological measures (e.g., heart rate, skin conductance) whenever possible. Currently she is conducting research with Penn State psychology students to examine: (1) how individuals cope with and remember physical pain as a function of personality, social support, and romantic relationship expectations, and (2) the impact of monetary discussions on romantic couples’ interpersonal sensitivity and dyadic behavior.
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