Katherine C. (KC) Haydon

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education
Attachment processes in adolescence and adulthood; romantic relationship development and maintenance processes; physiological correlates of relationship functioning; close relationships as developmental contexts across the lifespan

KC Haydon’s research examines the developmental origins of how people behave in their closest relationships. One central question in her work is how romantic partners’ individual developmental histories affect what happens in their current relationship – how they resolve conflicts, regulate and express emotions, and support each other. She also studies how close relationships with parents, friends, and romantic partners contribute to developmental outcomes, such as navigating the transition to adulthood. Haydon’s research is guided by the premise that such outcomes are probabilistically shaped by experiences in multiple contexts.

Selected Publications

Haydon, K. C. & Roisman, G. I. (in press). "What’s past is prologue: Social developmental antecedents of close relationships." In J. A. Simpson & L. Campbell (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Close Relationships.

Haydon, K. C., Roisman, G.I., & Burt, K.B. (2012). "In search of security: The latent structure of the Adult Attachment Interview revisited." Development and Psychopathology24, 589-606.

Haydon, K. C., Roisman, G. I., Marks, M. J., & Fraley, R. C. (2012). "An empirically derived approach to the latent structure of the Adult Attachment Interview: Additional convergent and discriminant validity evidence." Attachment & Human Development, 13, 503-524.

Haydon, K. C., Collins, W. A., Salvatore, J. E., Simpson, J. A., & Roisman, G. I. (2012). "Shared and distinctive origins and correlates of adult attachment representations: The developmental organization of romantic functioning." Child Development, 83, 1689-1702.

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At Mount Holyoke College, Haydon teaches introductory psychology, developmental psychology, and a seminar on close relationships across the lifespan. She also offers a lab in observational methods that focuses on romantic behavior.