Julie Longua Peterson

Julie Longua Peterson is an Associate Professor of psychology at the University of New England and the principal investigator of the Self and Close Relationships Lab.  Her program of research investigates the ways in which explicit (conscious, controlled) and implicit (unconscious, automatic) self and relationship processes influence how people navigate the ups and downs of daily life (e.g., acceptance, rejection).  Julie's courses include Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, and a seminar in Self and Self-esteem.  



Loyola University Chicago



Loyola University Chicago



University of Dayton



Explicit and Implicit self-esteem; self-regulation; the role of the self in close relationships (e.g.

romantic relationships)


Current Research

Currently employing a daily diary methodology to explore how self-esteem and attachment style moderate the effect of positive daily events (i.e., acceptance, love, social support) and negative daily events (i.e., conflict, rejection, discrimination) on relationship regulation.

Currently comparing how rejection from close relationship partners versus acquaintances activates implicit motivations for connection, and how feelings of self-worth moderate these motivations. 

Research Interests

My research focuses on both self-regulatory processes in daily life and how feelings of security influences close relationships.  Specifically, I have explored the effects of explicit and implicit self-esteem and narcissism on behavioral response to romantic relationship conflict, how positive relationship events differentially  impact people with high (vs. low) felt security, and how individual differences in self-esteem and attachment style moderate responses to daily events and connection seeking behavior.

Selected Publications


Peterson, J.L., Belows, A.* & Peterson, S.* (2015).  Promoting connection: Perspective-taking improves relationship closeness and perceived regard in participants with low implicit self-esteem. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 160-164. 

*Denotes undergraduate student co-author


DeHart, T., Peterson, J.L., Richeson, J.A., & Hamilton, H. (2014). A diary study of daily perceived mistreatment and alcohol consumption in college students. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36, 443-451.


Peterson, J.L. & DeHart, T. (2014). In defense of (self) love:  An observational study on narcissists’ negative behavior during romantic relationship conflict. Self and Identity, 13,477-490.


Peterson, J.L. (2014). Explicit thoughts of security activate implicit self-doubt in anxiously attached participants. Personal Relationships, 21, 206-224.


Peterson, J.L. & DeHart, T. (2013).  Regulating connection: Implicit self-esteem predicts positive nonverbal behavior during romantic relationship-threat. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 99-105.


DeHart, T., Longua, J.E., & Smith, J. (2011). To enhance or protect the self?: The complex role of explicit and implicit self-esteem.  In Mark Alicke and Constantine Sedikides (Eds.), The Handbook of Self-Enhancement and Self-protection.  New York: Guilford Press.


Longua, J.E., DeHart, T., Tennen, H., & Armeli, S. (2009).  Personality moderates the interaction between positive and negative daily events predicting negative affect and stress.  Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 547-555. 

Julie Longua Peterson, Ph.D.

Julie Longua Peterson



Program Director, Women's and Gender Studies

Associate Professor of Psychology

Biddeford Campus

Decary Hall


On Sabbatical
On Sabbatical:
Fall 2017 to Spring 2018