Dr. Máire Ford joined LMU’s Psychology department in 2006.
Her research focuses on the role of the self in close relationships, with a focus on romantic relationships. Specifically, she looks at how the self shapes perceptions of events in close relationships and subsequently affects health. She has an active research lab staffed by several excellent LMU undergraduate students. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation.
Ford teaches a variety of courses including General Psychology, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Social Psychology, Close Relationships, a Capstone Seminar on Close Relationship Research and a First Year Seminar on Health Psychology.
University California, Santa Barbara: Ph.D., Psychology 2006
With an emphasis in Social Psychology
Additional emphasis in Quantitative Methods (advanced statistical training)
University California, Santa Barbara: M.A., Psychology 2003
Santa Clara University: B.A., Psychology 1996
Minor in Biology
Areas of Expertise (3)
Influence of Relationship Processes On Health and Well-Being
Social Support Processes
Social Perception Processes in Interpersonal Interactions.
BCLA Faculty Research Award (professional)
Loyola Marymount University, Summer 2015
Academic Technology Grant (professional)
Loyola Marymount University, Fall 2009
Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship (professional)
University of California, Santa Barbara, 2005-2006
Outstanding Faculty Member Award (professional)
sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2005
Honorable Mention for the Excellence in Teaching Award Competition (professional)
sponsored by the Graduate Student Association, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2005
Society for Personality and Social Psychology Graduate Student Poster Award (professional)
Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, January 2004
Society for Personality and Social Psychology Student Travel Award (professional)
Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, February 2003
National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship (professional)
University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001-2003; 2005
- Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
Ford, M. B. & Collins, N. L. (2015). Self-models and relationship threat: A test of risk regulation mechanisms. Sage Open, 5 (3), 1-9.
Ford, M. B. & Collins, N. L. (2013). Self-esteem moderates the effects of daily rejection on health and wellbeing. Self and Identity, 12 (1), 16-38.
Ford, M. B., Burns, C. E., Mitch, N., & Gomez, M. M. (2012). The Effectiveness of Classroom Capture Technology. Active Learning in Higher Education, 13 (3), 191-201.
Collins N. L., Ford, M. B., & Feeney, B. C. (2011). An attachment-theory perspective on social support in close relationships. In L. Horowitz & S. Strack (Eds.), Handbook of interpersonal psychology: Theory, research, assessment, and therapeutic interventions (pp. 209-232). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Collins, N. L. & Ford, M.B. (2010). Responding to the needs of others: The caregiving behavioral system in intimate relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 235-244.