Benjamin Hadden

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Psychology
  • TBA
  • Boca Raton - BS, 201


  • Ph.D., University of Houston, 2016

  • M.A., University of Houston, 2013

  • B.A., University of Delaware, 2010

Research Interests

  • Social and personality psychology
  • Motivation in romantic relationship development
  • Romantic relationship receptivity and readiness
  • Insecurities and relationship quality
  • Relationship transitions, self-concept, and health

Research Description

Dr. Benjamin W. Hadden received in PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Houston, with a focus on interpersonal relationships. In particular, his research investigates the interplay between the self and relationships, focusing on how aspects of individuals influence their own and their romantic partners’ relational and personal outcomes. His research has focused on topics such as motivation, attachment, and subjective feelings of readiness, and how these relate to relationship cognitions, maintenance behaviors, and stability. His work often utilizes couples designs, daily and event-contingent diaries, in-lab observation, and longitudinal approaches to test how characteristics of romantic partners influence relationship development.

Recent Publications

  • Hadden, B. W., Harvey, S. M., Settersten Jr., R. A., & Agnew, C. R. (in press). What do I call us? Investment model and changes in relationship categorization. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

  • Hadden, B. W., Baker, Z. B., & Knee, C. R. (2018). Let it go: Relationship autonomy predicts pro-relationship responses to partner transgressions. Journal of Personality, 86, 868, 887. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12362

  • Hadden, B. W., Agnew, C. R., & Tan, K. (2018). Commitment readiness and relationship formation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44, 1242–1257. doi: 10.1177/0146167218764668

  • Hadden, B. W., Knee, C. R., DiBello, A. M. & Rodriguez, L. M. (2015). High alternatives, low investments, no problem: Relationship autonomy moderates the investment model of commitment. Motivation Science, 1, 244-261. doi:10.1037/mot0000026

  • Hadden, B. W., Smith, C. V., & Webster, G. (2014). Relationship duration moderates associations between attachment and relationship quality: Meta-analytic support for the temporal adult romantic attachment (TARA) model. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 18, 42-58. doi: 10.1177/1088868313501885

  • Knee, C. R., Hadden, B. W., Porter, B. W., & Rodriguez, L. (2013). Self-determination theory and romantic relationship processes. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 17, 307-324. doi: 10.1177/1088868313498000

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