Phillip R. Shaver

Phillip Shaver PhD. Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. He conducts research in two areas: close relationships and emotions. In the close relationships area he has studied the application of Bowlby and Ainsworth's attachment theory to research on romantic love, personality, relationship functioning, and relationship loss.

He is currently extending this work to the study of attachment-style differences in defenses or coping strategies, and in couple communication. In the field of emotions, he has proposed a prototype methodology for mapping individuals' and cultures' cognitive representations of the emotion domain and, with the help of students from other countries, is investigating everyday conceptions of emotions such as love and shame in various cultures. 

He has served as Executive Officer of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and received a Distinguished Career Award from the International Association for Relationship Research, is past editor of Review of Personality and Social Psychology, current associate editor of Attachment and Human Development. 

PHillip Shaver is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Emotion, Personal Relationships, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. He has published over 250 journal articles and book chapters and co-editor of several books, including Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications  (1st and 2nd editions), Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Attitudes, and Measures of Political Attitudes.

Together with Mario Mikulincer, he published a coauthored book about adult attachment research, Patterns of Attachment in Adulthood: Structure, Dynamics, and Change, and co-edited two books recently published by the American Psychological Association, Prosocial Motives, Emotions, and Behavior: The Better Angels of Our Nature and Human Aggression and violence: Causes, Manifestations, and  Consequences. A third book in this series, Good and Evil: The Social Psychology of Morality and Immorality, is currently in press. 

is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Founding Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.


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