Valerie completed her PhD at the University of Auckland in 2020. Her research focuses on how our current experiences and perceptions can change and bias how we remember our past. Valerie’s research examines how factors such as depression, stress, emotion regulation, and negative emotions can colour our memories making the past seem more stressful and negative than it actually was, and how these biased memories influence future wellbeing.
Valerie utilizes diary and longitudinal methods to assess memory biases as they occur over time during routine life. To assess how these memory biases function within a relationship context, she is working on a dyadic study to assess how memory biases influence relationship functioning and perceptions of a romantic partner over time.
Chang, V.T., & Overall, N.C. (in press). Biased memories contribute to the links between stress and depressive symptoms. Emotion.
Low, R.S.T., Overall, N.C., Chang, V.T. & Henderson, A.M.E., & Sibley, C.G. (in press). Emotion regulation and psychological and physical health during a nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. Emotion.
McRae, C.S., Overall, N.C., Henderson, A.M.E., Low, R.S.T., & Chang, V.T. (online advance). Parents’ distress and poor parenting during COVID-19: The buffering effects of partner support and cooperative coparenting. Developmental Psychology. Special Issue: Parenting and Family Dynamics in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic. doi.org/10.1037/dev0001207
Overall, N.C., Chang, V.T., Cross, E.J., Low, R.S.T., & Henderson, A.M.E. (online advance). Sexist attitudes predict family-based aggression during a COVID-19 lockdown. Journal of Family Psychology. doi.org/10.1037/fam0000834
Overall, N.C., Chang, V.T., Pietromonaco, P.R., Low, R.S.T. & Henderson, A.M.E. (online advance). Partners’ attachment insecurity and stress predict poorer relationship functioning during COVID-19 quarantines. Social Psychological and Personality Science. doi.org/10.1177/1948550621992973
Sasaki, E., Overall, N.C., Chang, V.T., & Low, R.S.T. (online advance). A dyadic perspective of emotional suppression: Own or partner suppression weakens relationships. Emotion. doi.org/10.1037/emo0000978
Waddell, N., Overall, N.C., Chang, V.T., & Hammond, M.D. (2021). Gendered Division of Labour during a Nationwide COVID-19 Lockdown: Implications for Relationship Problems and Satisfaction. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 38, 1759-1781. Special Issue: Relationships in the time of COVID 19. doi.org/10.1177/0265407521996476
Overall, N.C., Clark, M.S., Fletcher, G.J.O., Peters, B.J., & Chang, V.T. (2020). Does expressing emotions enhance perceptual accuracy of negative emotions during relationship interactions? Emotion, 20, 353-367. doi.org/10.1037/emo0000653
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, 18, 925-941. doi.org/10.1037/emo0000405