Yuthika Girme

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 complemented 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.

Email: ygirme@sfu.ca

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Journal Articles with REACH members

Girme, Y.U., Peters, B.J., Baker, L.R., Overall, N.C., Fletcher, G.J.O., Reis, H.T., Jamieson, J.P. & Sigal, M.J. (online advance). Attachment anxiety and the curvilinear effects of expressive suppression on individuals’ and partners’ outcomes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychologydoi.org/10.1037/pspi0000338

Jayamaha, S.D., Overall, N.C., Girme, Y.U., Hammond, M.D., & Fletcher, G.J.O. (online advance). Depressive symptoms, stress and poorer emotional support when needed by intimate partners. Emotiondoi.org/10.1037/emo0001000

Girme, Y.U., Jones, R.E., Fleck, C., Simpson, J.A., & Overall, N.C. (2021). Infants’ attachment insecurity predicts attachment-relevant emotion regulation patterns in adulthood. Emotion, 21(2), 260-272. doi.org/10.1037/emo0000721

Peters, B.J., Overall, N.C., Cameron, L.D., Hammond, M.D., Low, R.S.T., & Girme, Y.U. (2020). Do habitual emotional suppression measures predict response-focused situational suppression during social interactions? Emotion, 20, 1005-1019. doi.org/10.1037/emo0000620

Girme, Y.U., Overall, N.C., & Hammond, M.D. (2019). Facilitating autonomy in interdependent relationships: Invisible support facilitates highly avoidant individuals’ autonomy. Journal of Family Psychology, 33, 154-165. doi.org/10.1037/fam0000488

Peters, B.J., Overall, N.C., Girme, Y.U., & Jamieson, J.P. (2019). Partners’ attachment insecurity predicts greater physiological threat in anticipation of attachment-relevant interactions. Journal of Social and Personal Relationshipsdoi.org/10.1177/0265407517734655

Girme, Y.U., Maniaci, M.R., Reis, H.T., McNulty, J.K., Carmichael, C.L., Gable, S.L., Baker, L.R., & Overall, N.C. (2018). Does support need to be seen to benefit relationships? Daily invisible support promotes next day relationship well-being. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 860-872. doi.org/10.1037/fam0000453

Jayamaha, S.D., Girme, Y.U., & Overall, N.C. (2017). When attachment anxiety impedes support provision: Feeling undervalued when partners are distressed. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 181-191. doi.org/10.1037/fam0000222

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, 645-661doi.org/10.1177/0146167216637846

Girme, Y.U., Overall, N.C, Faingataa, S., & Sibley, C.G. (2016). Happily Single: The Link between Relationship Status and Wellbeing Depends on Avoidance and Approach Social Goals. Social Personality and Psychological Science. doi.org/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 Psychology108(3), 450-475. doi.org/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.org/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.org/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.org/10.1177/0146167213497802 Download PDF

Book Chapters

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.

Other Media

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 ConnectionsRead Article Here

Girme, Y.U. (2013). Overcoming Insecurities within Intimate Relationships. Psychology Aotearoa, 5(2), 138 – 140.