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My research interests are spread over several complementary themes: relational insecurity, interpersonal behaviour, and the need for relatedness. Most of my projects have investigated situations or processes of relationship initiation and development. I have used a variety of methods and paradigms in my research, from lab-based social cognition to field studies of speed-dating. I am particularly interested in how the different cognitions and motivations of the insecure are manifested behaviourally, and how their behaviour might impede the formation of satisfying relationships, thereby continuing their negative relational experiences. Given the well-documented importance of relatedness to healthy psychological and even physical functioning, I hope that a better understanding of the ways in which the insecure fail will suggest new strategies to assist them in successfully meeting their relatedness needs.