Rachel Low

Email: rachel.low@auckland.ac.nz

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Rachel is a research fellow in the REACH lab and project manager for the Family Resilience and Wellbeing Study. Her research focuses on the impact emotion regulation during marital conflict has on family functioning. Prior research has documented the negative effects marital conflict have on children’s cognitive, social and emotional development. Yet, little is known about how different emotion regulation strategies affect marital functioning, and how emotion regulation strategies during marital conflict spillover to influence parent-child relationship in subsequent triadic family interactions. Rachel’s research aims to identify (1) what emotion regulation strategies are effective during marital conflict, (2) what are the emotion regulation strategies and important individual characteristics that buffer the spillover effects of marital conflict, and (3) whether children learn maladaptive emotion regulation strategies in triadic family interactions following marital conflict.


Low, R.S.T., Overall, N.C., Hammond, M.D., & Girme, Y. U. (2017). Expressive suppression during personal goal pursuit impedes goal striving and achievement. Emotion, 17, 208-223. doi.org/10.1037/emo0000218

Chang, V.T., Overall, N.C., Madden. H., & Low, R.S.T. (2018). Expressive suppression tendencies, projection bias in memory of negative emotions and wellbeing. Emotion. Online First. doi.org/10.1037/emo0000405

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