Carmichael, Cheryl L.

Associate Professor, Psychology, Brooklyn College (CUNY)

Academic Appointments:

Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York
Faculty, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, and Health Psychology and Clinical Sciences PhD Programs, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York


Ph.D. (Social-Personality Psychology), University of Rochester, Rochester NY
M.A. (Social Psychology), University of Rochester, Rochester NY

Research Focus:

I study close relationship processes. My research examines the psychological, physiological, and behavioral underpinnings of the association between close relationship quality and health and well-being outcomes. I use attachment theory and perceived partner responsiveness as frameworks that guide my research questions, and I use a combination of experimental and daily diary research methods. I have conducted research on how the quantity and quality of early adulthood social connections predicts emotional well-being in midlife, how physical contact between romantic partners benefits relationship quality, how support that is not consciously perceived by a partner can be beneficial to the self and the relationship, and how the quality of received support for positive events contributes to personal and relational well-being. My research can be applied to understanding how social experiences contribute to quality of life for cancer patients, their caregivers, and additional close others.

Selected Publications:

Carmichael, C.L., & Mizrahi, M. (2023). Connecting cues: The role of nonverbal cues in perceived responsiveness. Current Opinion in Psychology, 53. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2023.101663

Park, Y. Sanscartier, S., Impett, E.A., Algoe, S.B., Leonhardt, N.D., Schrage, K.M., Carmichael, C.L., Collins, N.L., Conte, F., De Rosa, O., Ficca, G., Fredrickson, B.L., Harris, P.E., Keltner, D., West, T.N., & MacDonald, G. (2022). Meta-analytic evidence that attachment insecurity is associated with less frequent experiences of discrete positive emotions. Journal of Personality, 91, 1223-1238. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12796

Goldberg, M.H., Carmichael, C.L., Lacroix, K., Gustafson, A., Rosenthal, S.A., & Leiserowitz, A. (2022). Perceptions and correspondence of climate change beliefs and behavior among romantic couples. Journal of Environmental Psychology. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2022.101836

Carmichael, C.L., Goldberg, M.H., & Coyle, M. (2021). Security based differences in touch behavior and its relational benefits. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12 (4), 550- 560. doi: 10.1177/1948550620929164

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

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

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



Grants over the last 5 years:

C. Carmichael, PI
CAREER: Modeling responsive relationship behavior: Channels of communication, social benefits, and mechanisms of action

Carmichael, Co-PI
IT Advance Catalyst: Supporting the success of a diverse STEM faculty at Brooklyn College

Carmichael, PI
The communication of perceived responsiveness through text message