Yuthika completed her PhD in the R.E.AC.H. lab in 2015, and she is now an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University. Yuthika’s research program examines when support from romantic partners can be beneficial, and when it can incur costs. People supported by intimate partners experience better psychological and physical health, and have more satisfying relationships. Unfortunately, not all individuals are able to reap the benefits of receiving support because their relationship insecurities undermine their ability to seek support and cope with stress and intimacy. Yuthika’s primary research goals involve identifying the ways people can manage their partner’s insecurities to provide support and generate closeness in ways that overcome insecure defences and maximize the health benefits arising from supportive relationships.
To achieve these research goals, Yuthika uses behavioural observation, daily diary and longitudinal data to assess dyadic processes as they occur across time. These sophisticated methods are complimented by complex innovative statistical techniques involving structural equation modelling, multi-level modelling and curvilinear analyses to assess the impact of partner support and relationship maintenance strategies on individuals’ coping strategies and relationship functioning.
Jayamaha, S.D., Girme, Y.U., & Overall, N.C. (in press). When attachment anxiety impedes support provision: Feeling undervalued when partners are distressed. Journal of Family Psychology.
Girme, Y. U., Molloy, P., & Overall, N. C. (2016). Repairing distance and facilitating support: Reassurance seeking by highly avoidant individuals is associated with greater closeness and partner support. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 645-661.
Girme, Y. U., Overall, N. C, Faingataa, S., & Sibley, C. G. (2015). Happily Single: The Link between Relationship Status and Wellbeing Depends on Avoidance and Approach Social Goals. Social Personality and Psychological Science. DOI: 10.1177/1948550615599828 [Download PDF]
Girme, Y.U., Overall, N.C., Simpson, J.A., & Fletcher, G.J.O. (2015). “All or nothing”: Attachment avoidance and the curvilinear effects of partner support. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 108(3), 450-475. DOI:10.1037/a0038866 [Download PDF]
Girme, Y.U., Overall, N.C., & Faingataa, S. (2014). “Date nights” take two: The maintenance function of shared relationship activities. Personal Relationships, 21, 125-149. DOI: 10.1111/pere.12020 [Download PDF]
Overall, N. C., Girme, Y.U., Lemay, E. P. Jr., & 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, 235-256. DOI: 10.1037/a0034371 [Download PDF]
Girme, Y.U., Overall, N.C., & Simpson, J.A. (2013). When visibility matters: Short versus long term benefits of visible and invisible support. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 1441-1451. DOI: 10.1177/0146167213497802 [Download PDF]
Overall, N. C., Girme, Y. U., & Simpson, J. A. (2015). Dyadic regulation: How intimate partners’ foster growth and security in close relationships. In C.R. Knee and H.T. Reis (Eds.), Positive Approaches to Optimal Relationship Development. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Simpson, J. A., Overall, N. C., Farrell, A. K. & Girme, Y. U. (2015). Attachment and Self-Regulation. In K. D. Vohs & R. F. Baumeister (Eds.), Handbook of Self-Regulation (3rd Ed.). New York: Guilford.
Girme, Y. U., Overall, N. C., & Simpson, J. A. (2014). When Visibility Matters: The Costs and Benefits of Visible and Invisible Support. Society of Personality and Social Psychology Connections. [Read Article Here]
Girme, Y. U. (2013). Overcoming Insecurities within Intimate Relationships. Psychology Aotearoa, 5(2), 138 – 140.