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Cathy R. Cox

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Direct: 817.257.6418
BA University of Colorado , 2000 Psychology MA University of Colorado, 2004 Experimental Psychology Ph.D. University of Missouri, 2009 Social Psychology

Research Interests

Though I am excited by many different domains of inquiry, my research has to date been broadly interested in relational concerns: (a) how we relate to others and (b) how we relate to our bodies. Working from the terror management theory (TMT) perspective that the pursuit of meaning and value in one’s life protects the individual from deeply rooted anxiety, my research has examined such topics as parental and interpersonal attachment, disgust and attitudes toward the body, the evaluation of women, and health intentions and behavior. For more information on terror management theory, check out:

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Recent Publications:
Kersten, M., Cox, C. R, & Van Enkevort, E. (in press). An exercise in nostalgia: Nostalgia promotes health optimism and physical well-being. Psychology & Health.

Cox, C. R., & Kersten, M. (2016). Mortality salience increases language style matching and well-being. Self and Identity, 15, 452-467.

Cox, C.R., Eaton, S., Ekas, N.V., & Van Enkevort, E.A. (2015). Death concerns and psychological well-being in mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 45-46, 229-238.

Cox, C. R., & Arndt, J. (2012). How sweet it is to be loved by you: The role of perceived regard in the terror management of close relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 616-632.

Cox, C. R., Reid-Arndt, S. A., Arndt, J., & Moser, R. P. (2012). Considering the unspoken: The role of death cognition in quality of life among women with and without breast cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 30, 128-139.

Teaching Responsibilities

Since starting at TCU, I have taught undergraduate courses on Social Psychology (PSYC 30353), Personality (PSYC 30443), and Interactive Data Analysis (PSYC 50213), and graduate seminars on Graduate Statistics (PSYC 50423), Personality (PSYC 50493), Regression (PSYC 60623 & PSYC 80500), and Social Psychology (PSYC 60663).

Service Responsibilities:

TCU IRB committee (member); Graduate Council (CSE representative); Science and Engineering Research Center (CSE representative); Director of the Psychology Department Human-subjects Pool (SONA); Psychology Departmental Review Board (member)