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Cheryl Carmichael
Position: Associate Professor, Psychology
Campus Affiliation: Brooklyn College
Phone: (718) 951-5000 x6059
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology, University of Rochester
Training Area: Basic and Applied Social Psychology|Health Psychology and Clinical Science
Research Interests: Close relationships, adult romantic attachment, perceived responsiveness, emotion regulation, health, well-being
Social Media: Twitter 

Cheryl Carmichael is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center. She completed her PhD in Social-Personality Psychology at the University of Rochester, and is head of the Health, Emotion, and Relationships Team (HEaRT) lab. Dr. Carmichael’s lab integrates social-cognitive and individual differences perspectives to understand how psychological mechanisms and personal characteristics influence relationship behavior, relationship perceptions, mechanisms of health, and well-being. Her program of research has been guided by adult attachment theory, and is organized around perceived partner responsiveness. She is currently focused on conducting NSF-funded research exploring how responsiveness can be conveyed nonverbally (e.g., through affectionate touch and vocal tone), and how attachment (in)security shapes people’s ability to provide and perceive responsive behavior. She uses a combination of experimental and experience sampling approaches to study these processes in the lab, and in the ebb and flow of daily life.

Awards and Grants
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (BCS-1944445). Modeling responsive relationship behavior: Channels of communication, social benefits, and mechanisms of action. (PI)
  • National Science Foundation Advance IT Catalyst Award (HRD-1936902). Supporting the success of a diverse STEM faculty at Brooklyn College (Co-PI; A. Lopes, PI)
  • PSC CUNY Research Award (60083-00 48). The communication of perceived responsiveness through text message (PI; M. Coyle, Co-PI)  
Professional Affiliations and Memberships
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • International Association for Relationship Research
Courses Taught
  • Close Relationships (graduate)
  • Social Psychology (undergraduate)
  • Introductory Psychology (undergraduate)
  • Shane, J., Luerssen, A., & Carmichael, C.L. (2020). Friends, family, and romantic partners: Three critical relationships in older women’s lives. Journal of Women & Aging. doi: 10.1080/08952841.2020.1838238
  • Brandt, S.A., & Carmichael, C.L. (2020). Does online support matter? The relationship between online identity-related support, mattering, and well-being in sexual minority men. Computers in Human Behavior, 111. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2020.106429
  • Carmichael, C.L., Goldberg, M.H., & Coyle, M. (2020). Security based differences in touch behavior and its benefits. Social Psychological and Personality Science. doi: 10.1177/1948550620929164
  • Dellucci, T.V., Carmichael, C.L., & Starks, T.J. (2020). Arrangements versus agreements: Evaluating two approaches to measuring male couples’ rules and understandings around sex with outside sex partners. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10508-019-01621-w
  • Joel, S., Eastwick, P.W., Allison, C., Arriaga, X.B., Baker, Z.G., Bar-Kalifa, E., Bergeron, S., Brock, B., Brumbaugh, C.C., Carmichael, C.L., Chen, S., Clarke, J., Cobb, R.J., Coolsen, M.K., Davis, J., de Jong, D.C., Debrot, A., Derrick, J.L., Eller, J., Estrada, M.J., Faure, R., Finkel, E.J., Fraley, R.C., Gable, S.L., Gadassi, R., Girme, Y.U., Gordon, A.M., Gosnell, C., Hammond, M.D., Hannon, P.A., Harasymchuk, C., Horn, A.B., Impett, E.A., Jamieson, J.P., Kim, J., Kirchner, J.L., Kluwer, E., Kuile T., Kumashiro, M., Larson, G., Lazarus, G., Logan, J.M., Luchies, L., MacDonald, G., Maniaci, M.R., Maxwell, J.A., Mizrahi, M., Molloy, P.R., Muise, A., Niehuis, S., Ogolsky, B.G., Oldham, C.R., Overall, N.C., Perrez, M., Peters, B., Pietromonaco, P.R., Powers, S.I., Prok, T., Pschedetzky-Schochat, R., Rafaeli, E., Reblin, M., Reifman, A., Reiherts, M., Reis, H., Rhoades, G., Rholes, S., Righetti, F., Rodriguez, L., Rosen, N., Saxbe, D., Sened, H., Simpson, J., Slotter, E.B., Stanley, S., Stocker, S., Surra, C., VanderDrift, L., Vaughn, A., Vicary, A., Visserman, M., & Wolf, S. (2020). Machine learning uncovers the most robust self-report predictors of relationship quality across 43 longitudinal couples’ studies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117 (32), 19061-19071. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1917036117
  • Carmichael, C.L., Schwartz, A.M., Coyle, M.A., & Goldberg, M.H. (2019). A classroom activity for teaching Kohlberg’s theory of moral development. Teaching of Psychology, 46, 80-86. doi: 10.1177/0098628318816180
  • Coyle, M.A., & Carmichael, C.L. (2019). Perceived responsiveness in text messaging; The role of emoji. Computers in Human Behavior, 99, 181-189. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2019.05.023
  • Goldberg, M.H., Carmichael, C.L., & Hardin, C.D. (2019). Counter-argument self-efficacy predicts choice of belief-defense strategies. European Journal of Social Psychology. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2603
  • Reis, H.T., Crasta, D., Rogge, R.D., Maniaci, M.R., & Carmichael, C.L. (2018). Perceived partner responsiveness scale. In D.L. Worthington & G.D. Bodie (Eds.), The Sourcebook of Listening Research: Methodology and Measures (pp. 516-521). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. doi: 10.1002/9781119102991.ch57
  • Goldberg, M.H., & Carmichael, C.L. (2017). Language complexity, belief-consistency, and the evaluation of policies. Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology, 2, 1-17. doi: 10.1080/23743603.2017.1404427
  • Carmichael, C.L., Duberstein, P.R., & Reis, H.T. (2015). In your 20s it’s quantity, in your 30s it’s quality: The prognostic value of social activity across 30 years of adulthood. Psychology and Aging, 30, 95-105. doi: 10.1037/pag0000014