Ximena Arriaga

Degree: Ph.D., 1996, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests:

Dr. Arriaga’s research examines the nature of interdependence between couple members, and how to build and maintain fulfilling and stable romantic relationships. Specific interests include: relational commitment and reducing doubt, bolstering attachment security, regulating partner aggression, interdependence theory, and formulating and testing interventions.

Recent Publications:

Arriaga, X. B., & Longoria, Z. N. (2012). Implementation intentions increase parent-teacher communication among Latinos. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 33, 1-9.

Rusbult, C. E., Agnew, C. R., & Arriaga, X. B. (2012). The investment model. In P. A. M. Van Lange, A. W. Kruglanski, & E. T. Higgins (Eds.), Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology (Vol. 2, pp. 218-231). Thousand Oaks, Ca, Sage.

Arriaga, X. B. (2013). An interdependence theory analysis of close relationships. In J. A. Simpson & L. Campbell (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Close Relationships (pp. 39-65). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Arriaga, X. B., Capezza, N. M., Goodfriend, W., Rayl, E. S., & Sands, K. J. (2013). Individual well-being and relationship maintenance at odds: The unexpected perils of maintaining a relationship with an aggressive partner. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 676-684. doi: 1948550613480822

Arriaga, X. B., Capezza, N. M., Reed, J. T., Wesselman, E. D., & Williams, K. D. (2014). With partners like you, who needs strangers?: Ostracism involving a romantic partner. Personal Relationships, 21, 557-569. DOI: 10.1111/pere.12048

Arriaga, X. B., Kumashiro, M., Finkel, E. J., VanderDrift, L. E., & Luchies, L. B. (2014). Filling the void: Bolstering attachment security in committed relationships. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 398-405. doi: 10.1177/1948550613509287

Raymond, L., Weldon, S. L., Kelly, D., Arriaga, X. B., & Clark, A. M. (2014). Norm-based strategies for institutional change to address intractable problems. Political Research Quarterly, 67, 197-211. doi: 10.1177/1065912913510786

Arriaga, X. B., & Schkeryantz, E. L. (2015). Intimate relationships and personal distress: The invisible harm of psychological aggression. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. doi: 10.1177/0146167215594123

Reis, H. T., & Arriaga, X. B. (2015). Interdependence Theory. In B. Gawronski & G. Bodenhausen (Eds.), Theory and explanation in social psychology(pp. 305-327). New York Guilford Press.

Ren, D., Tan, K., Arriaga, X. B., Chan, K. Q. (2015). Sweet love: The effects of sweet taste experience on romantic perceptions. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. doi: 10.1177/0265407514554512

Arriaga, X. B., Capezza, N. C., & Daly, C. A. (2016). Personal standards for judging aggression by a relationship partner: How much aggression is too much? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 36-54. Doi: 10.1037/pspi0000035

Ren, D., Arriaga, X. B., & Mahan, E. R. (2017 / 2016 online). Attachment insecurity and perceived importance of relational features. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 34, 446-466. DOI: 10.1177/0265407516640604

Arriaga, X. B., Kumashiro, M., Simpson, J. A., & Overall, N. C. (2017 online). Revising working models across time: Relationship situations that enhance attachment security. Personality and Social Psychology Review. DOI: 10.1177/1088868317705257

Tan, K., Arriaga, X. B., & Agnew, C. R. (2017 online). Running on empty: Measuring psychological dependence in close relationships lacking satisfaction. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. DOI: 10.1177/0265407517702010

Arriaga, X. B., Cobb, R. J., & Daly, C. A. (in press). Aggression and violence in romantic relationships. In A. Vangelisti & D. Perlman (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of personal relationships. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. 

Capezza, N. M., D’Intino, L. A., Flynn, M., & Arriaga, X. B. (in press). Perceptions of psychological abuse: The role of perpetrator gender, victim’s response, and sexism. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.


Ximena Arriaga

Professor, Social Psychology
Director, Purdue Acceptance and Inclusion Consortium

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
703 Third Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081 USA

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E-mail: arriaga@purdue.edu
Telephone: (765) 494-6888

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