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M. Joy McClure

M. Joy McClure

Hello! I am a Postdoctoral Research Scientist working with Professor Niall Bolger at Columbia University and Professor Patrick Shrout at New York University. I received my PhD from McGill University, working with Professor John Lydon.

The overarching theme of my research is an exploration of the fundamental psychological need to belong. I am particularly interested in two interconnected questions: How do we reconcile our desire to connect with others with the similarly deep-seated desire to protect the self from social pain (e.g., rejection, ostracism)? And how do acute or chronic experiences of social pain affect our feelings and motivations, and so our thoughts and behaviour? Much of my work has examined interpersonal experience through the lens of attachment theory, and in the contexts of relationship initiation or mixed-motive conflicts.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Courses Taught:

  • Psychology of Close Relationships
  • Social Psychology

M. Joy McClure
Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
Garden City, New York 11530
United States

  • Phone: (516)877-4836
  • Fax: (516)877-4754

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