Edward Lemay

Associate Professor

Edward Lemay is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Yale University. Dr. Lemay is director of the Interpersonal Relationships Lab at University of Maryland. Research in the lab examines cognition, emotion, behavior, and motivation within the context of close interpersonal relationships, such as friendships and romantic relationships. Current research projects focus on the effects of interpersonal goals on relationship maintenance behaviors, ways people manage relationships with chronically insecure relationship partners, cognitive biases that preserve and undermine trust, intervention in relationships, and interpersonal influence within relationships. The projects involve a variety of methods, including behavioral observation, response time, and questionnaire measures, longitudinal designs, daily report designs, and laboratory-based experiments. He has published in outlets such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Health Psychology, and Personal Relationships. He serves on numerous editorial boards in social-personality psychology and is an Associate Editor of the journal, Personal Relationships. Dr. Lemay received the Sage Young Scholars Award, the Society for Experimental Social Psychology Dissertation Award, and the International Association of Relationships Research Dissertation Award. He was nominated as a "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science, and is the 2015 recipient of the Cary E. Rusbult Early Career Award from the Relationship Research Interest Group of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Areas of Interest:
  • Social Psychology
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Social Interaction
  • Self and Identity
  • Quantitative Methods
  • PhD Yale University; Psychology, 2008
Professional Associated Editor: Personal Relationships
  • Edward Lemay
Biology / Psychology Building 3147B
Department of Psychology
Phone: (301) 405-5927
Email: elemay@umd.edu