Edward Lemay is 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 interpersonal behavior and cognition, interpersonal emotion regulation, cognitive biases in dyadic contexts, and interpersonal influence within relationships. The projects involve a variety of methods, including behavioral observation, response time, and questionnaire measures, longitudinal designs, daily experience 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 Associate Editor for Emotion. Dr. Lemay received the Sage Young Scholars Award, the Society for Experimental Social Psychology Dissertation Award, the International Association for Relationships Research Dissertation Award, the Caryl E. Rusbult Early Career Award from Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Gerald Miller Early Career Award from the International Association for Relationships Research. In addition, he was nominated as a "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Lemay is a first-generation faculty member.

Areas of Interest

  • Social Psychology
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Social Interaction
  • Self and Identity
  • Emotion
  • Quantitative Methods

Doctoral Programs

  • Social, Decision, and Organizational Sciences (SDOS)


  • PhD
    Yale University; Psychology, 2008
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elemay [at] umd.edu