2020 applicants

Dr Veronica Lamarche

Department of Psychology
Dr Veronica Lamarche



Veronica Lamarche completed her PhD in Social-Personality Psychology in 2017 at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, in Buffalo, New York. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology (Honours) and Business which she completed in 2010 at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario. Veronica joined the department as a lecturer in July 2017. Veronica's research focuses on understanding how people regulate trust and dependence in their romantic relationships, and how feelings of uncertainty or vulnerability can influence relationship stability. Her work is guided by two main research questions: 1) What are the individual differences that predict greater relationship resiliency in the face of uncertainty; and, 2) Do self-regulatory systems managing responses to uncertainty outside of the relationship influence relationship regulatory responses within the relationship.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Trust and interdependence

Open to supervise

Motivated cognition and relationship maintenance

Open to supervise

Risk, vulnerability and uncertainty regulation

Open to supervise

Romantic relationships

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Psychology Project (PS300)

  • What's Love Got To Do With It? Understanding Romantic Relationships. (PS511)

  • Special Topics in Social Psychology (PS933)

Previous supervision

Samuel James Ingram
Samuel James Ingram
Thesis title: Self-Curated Temptation: Attention to Alternatives in the Age of Social Media
Degree subject: Psychology
Degree type: Master of Science (by Dissertation)
Awarded date: 9/4/2020


Journal articles (14)

Murray, S., Lamarche, VM., Seery, M., Jung, HY., Griffin, D. and Brinkman, C., The Social-Safety System: Fortifying Relationships in the Face of the Unforeseeable. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Lamarche, VM., Seery, MD., Kondrak, CL., Saltsman, TL. and Streamer, L., (2020). Clever girl: Benevolent sexism and cardiovascular threat. Biological Psychology. 149, 107781-107781

Murray, SL., Seery, MD., Lamarche, VM., Kondrak, CL. and Gomillion, S., (2019). Implicitly imprinting the past on the present: Automatic partner attitudes and the transition to parenthood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 116 (1), 69-100

Le, PQ., Saltsman, TL., Seery, MD., Ward, DE., Kondrak, CL. and Lamarche, VM., (2019). When a small self means manageable obstacles: Spontaneous self-distancing predicts divergent effects of awe during a subsequent performance stressor. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 80, 59-66

Saltsman, TL., Seery, MD., Kondrak, CL., Lamarche, VM. and Streamer, L., (2019). Too Many Fish in the Sea: A Motivational Examination of the Choice Overload Experience. Biological Psychology. 145, 17-30

Lamarche, VM. and Seery, MD., (2019). Come on, give it to me baby: Self-esteem, narcissism, and endorsing sexual coercion following social rejection. Personality and Individual Differences. 149, 315-325

Murray, SL., Lamarche, VM. and Seery, MD., (2018). Romantic relationships as shared reality defense. Current Opinion in Psychology. 23, 34-37

Streamer, L., Seery, MD., Kondrak, CL., Lamarche, VM. and Saltsman, TL., (2017). Not I, but she: The beneficial effects of self-distancing on challenge/threat cardiovascular responses. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 70, 235-241

Murray, SL., Lamarche, VM., Gomillion, S., Seery, MD. and Kondrak, C., (2017). In defense of commitment: The curative power of violated expectations in relationships.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 113 (5), 697-729

Seery, MD., Kondrak, CL., Streamer, L., Saltsman, T. and Lamarche, VM., (2016). Preejection period can be calculated using R peak instead of Q. Psychophysiology. 53 (8), 1232-1240

Gomillion, S., Murray, SL. and Lamarche, VM., (2015). Losing the Wind Beneath Your Wings The Prospective Influence of Romantic Breakup on Goal Progress. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 6 (5), 513-520

Gomillion, S., Lamarche, VM., Murray, SL. and Harris, B., (2014). Protected By Your Self-Control The Influence of Partners’ Self-Control on Actors’ Responses to Interpersonal Risk. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 5 (8), 873-882

Lamarche, VM. and Murray, SL., (2014). Selectively Myopic? Self-Esteem and Attentional Bias in Response to Potential Relationship Threats. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 5 (7), 786-795

Murray, SL., Gomillion, S., Holmes, JG., Harris, B. and Lamarche, V., (2013). The dynamics of relationship promotion: Controlling the automatic inclination to trust.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 104 (2), 305-334

Grants and funding


The Impact of Befriending Programs on the Health & Well-being of Socially Isolated Older Adults

University of Essex


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2.711, Colchester Campus