University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Rebecca G. Reed

Academic Program: 
Family Studies and Human Development
B.S. Physiology, University of Arizona (2010); M.S. Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona (2012)
Tucson, AZ


Broadly, I am interested in emotions, emotional co-regulation, and health in the context of close relationships. More specifically, I am interested in studying how emotion regulatory processes within and between individuals influence partners' autonomic and immune functioning over the adult life course. 

My current research includes the CHIMES study: Couples' Healthy Immune and Emotions Study. The purpose of CHIMES is to better understand how partners’ daily emotions and stressors affect their immune functioning. How effectively partners can emotionally and immunologically recover from stressors may have relevant implications for their physical health and well-being. 

Quantitative Methods
Recent Accomplishments: 



  • P.E.O. Scholar Award ($15,000), 2014 – 2015
  • Outstanding Research Assistant, Honorable Mention, Graduate and Professional Student Council, UA, 2014
  • American Psychological Association of Graduate Students: Basic Psychological Science Research Grant ($1,000), 2014
  • American Psychological Association: Science Directorate’s Dissertation Research Award ($1,000), 2013
  • Graduate and Professional Student Council: Research Grant ($1,000), UA, 2013
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ PhD Level Meritorious Graduate Teaching Award, UA, 2012 



# Denotes work done by Reed as an undergraduate 

Reed, R. G., Barnard, K., & Butler, E. A. (in press). Distinguishing emotional co-regulation from co-dysregulation: An investigation of emotional dynamics and body-weight in romantic couples. Emotion.

Reed. R. G., Butler, E. A., & Kenny, D. A. (2013). Dyadic models for the study of health. Social and Personality Psychology Compass7(4), 228-245.

Reed, R. G., Randall, A. K., Post, J. H., & Butler, E. A. (2013). Partner influence and in-phase versus anti-phase physiological linkage in romantic couples. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 88(3), 309-316.  

Randall, A. K., Post, J. H., Reed, R. G., & Butler, E. A. (2013). Cooperating with your romantic partner: Associations with interpersonal emotion coordination. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30(8), 1072-1095. 

Hongu, N., Orr, B. J., Roe, D. J., #Reed, R. G., & Going, S. B. (2013). Global positioning system (GPS) watches for estimating energy expenditure. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27(11), 3216-3220. 


Reed, R. G., Butler, E. A, & Weihs, K. L. (2014, March). Examination of instability in perceived stress over time as predictive of physical well-being in women with breast cancer. Poster presented at the American Psychosomatic Society 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, CA. 

Butler, E. A., Guan, J., Reed, R. G., & Barnard, K. (2014, March). Computational Temporal Interpersonal Emotion Systems (CompTIES). Poster presented at the Society for Affective Science at the Inaugural Conference, Washington, D.C. 

Guan, J., Simek, K., Brau, E., Reed, R. G., Morrison, C. Butler, E. A., Barnard, K. (2014). Bayesian statistical modeling of Temporal Interpersonal Emotion Systems (TIES). Poster presented at the Dynamical Systems and Computational Modeling in Social Psychology Pre-Conference. Society for Personality and Social Psychology 15th Annual Scientific Meeting, Austin, TX. 

Reed, R. G., Barnard, K., & Butler, E. A.  (2013, March). Volatile interpersonal emotion dynamics in mixed-weight couples. Poster presented at the American Psychosomatic Society 71st Annual Scientific Meeting, Miami, FL.

Reed, R. G., & Butler, E. A.  (2012, Oct). Emotion regulation and patterns of physiological linkage in couples. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations 74th Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.  

 Reed, R. G., Randall, A. K., Corkery, S. A., Young, V. J., Post, J. H., & Butler, E. A. (2012, Jan). Partner effects of relational communication, relationship quality, and emotion regulation on autonomic physiology. Poster presented at the 2012 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Butler, E. A., & Reed, R. G. (2011, Nov). Emotion regulation and in-phase versus anti-phase synchrony of sympathetic arousal. Symposia presented at the Society of Psychophysiology Research, Boston, MA.


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