Department of Psychology and the College
Lydia Emery is a social psychologist whose research focuses on close relationships. In her work, she explores how people’s social class contexts and individual self-concepts influence their romantic relationships. Specifically, she examines how social class shapes both the strengths people bring to their relationships and the challenges they encounter. She also investigates how people’s self-concepts affect their relationships; how relationships, in turn, can change the self; and how couples build and understand a new identity together.
Her research has been published in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science.
Emery completed a dual BA in psychology and English from Haverford College. She earned an MA and PhD in social psychology from Northwestern University, where she also completed postdoctoral training at the Kellogg School of Management.