Camille started her PhD in early 2017. Her research examines the characteristics of partners that may facilitate buffering attachment insecurities in relationships. This involves examining how high self-esteem, low neuroticism and contextual empathic inaccuracy make partners more effective at softening highly avoidant and/or highly anxious defences within intimate relationships. Extensive research has been conducted on highly insecure individuals and the ways in which their insecurities negatively impact relationship outcomes. Yet far less attention has focused on their partners and how partners may respond in ways that soften insecure defences, enhance relationship functioning, and even reduce insecurities over time.
Camille addresses these issues using a variety of research designs and methods, such as video-recorded behavioural observations, daily diary methods, and longitudinal designs.