Máire Ford, Ph.D.




Associate Professor

Office: University Hall 4718
Telephone: (310) 568-6222
E-mail: mford9@lmu.edu


Ph.D., Psychology, University California, Santa Barbara, 2006    Emphasis in Statistics
M.A., Psychology, University California, Santa Barbara, 2003
B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Biology, Santa Clara University, 1996

Specialty/Areas of Interest:

The role of the self in close relationships in 3 major areas: (1) the influence of relationship processes on health and well-being, (2) social support processes, and (3) social perception processes in interpersonal interactions.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Máire Ford completed her undergraduate training at Santa Clara University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Biology. Following her graduation from college she taught high school biology and chemistry for four years. She then attended graduate school at the University of California in Santa Barbara, where she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology with an emphasis in Statistics.  She joined LMU’s Psychology department in 2006.

Dr. Ford teaches a variety of courses including General Psychology, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Social Psychology, Social Perspectives on Human Behavior, Close Relationships, and a Capstone Seminar on Close Relationship Research. 

Dr. Ford’s research interests focus on the role of the self in close relationships, with an emphasis on romantic relationships. She has an active research lab staffed by several excellent LMU undergraduate students.  Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Select Publications:

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.

Ford, M.B. & Collins N. L. (2010). Self-esteem moderates neuroendocrine and psychological responses to interpersonal rejection.   Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 405-419.

Collins, N. L., Ford, M.B., Guichard, A.C., Kane, H.S., & Feeney,B.C. (2009). Responding to need in intimate relationships:  Social support and caregiving processes in couples.  In M. Mikulincer & P. R. Shaver (Eds.), Prosocial motives, emotions, and behavior:  The better angels of our nature (pp. 367-389).  Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Kane, H.S., Jaremka, L.M., Guichard, A.C., Ford, M.B., Collins, N.L., Feeney, B.C. (2007). Feeling supported and feeling satisfied:  How one’s partner’s attachment style predicts the other partner’s relationship experiences.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 24, 535-555.

Collins, N.L, Ford, M.B., & Guichard, A. C. (2006).  Working models of attachment and social construal processes in intimate relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 201-219.