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 social interaction and interpersonal relationships, such as friendships, romantic relationships, and coworker relationships. Current research projects focus on the effects of goals for self-esteem and social approval on interpersonal behavior and cognition, the interpersonal consequences of loneliness and world beliefs, measuring the need to belong, the impact of socioeconomic status on interpersonal perception, and communal motivation toward members of minoritized and stigmatized groups. He is also interested in social status, including the pursuit of status and the implications of perceived and expected status. The projects involve a variety of methods, including dyadic studies utilizing behavioral observation, longitudinal, and daily experience methods. He has published in outlets such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Emotion, and Psychological Science. 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, the Grossman Best Dissertation Award at Yale University, 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