Recent Publications

For a copy of any of the papers below please contact the lead author or the relevant UKAN member.

In Press

Wilkinson, L.L., Rowe, A.C., Douglas, T., Thirkettle, M., & Nolan, L. J. (in press). 

Adult attachment anxiety is associated with night eating syndrome in UK and UK-based samples: Two cross-sectional studies. Appetite

Vowels, L M.., & Carnelley, K. B.  (in press).  Partner support and goal outcomes: A multilevel meta-analysis and a methodological critique. European Journal of Social Psychology.


Sood, M., Carnelley, K. B., & Newman-Taylor, K. (in press).  How does insecure attachment lead to paranoia? A systematic critical review of cognitive, affective, and behavioural mechanisms. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, DOI: 10.1111/bjc.12361


Vowels, L. M.., Francois-Walcott, R. R. R., Carnelley, K. B., & Checksfield, E. L.  (in press). Adapting to change: How has COVID-19 affected people’s work and personal goals? PLOS One.

Vowels, L.M., Carnelley, K.B., & Stanton, S.C.E. (in press). Attachment anxiety predicts worse mental health outcomes during COVID-19: Evidence from two longitudinal studies. Personality and Individual Differences, 185.


Randall, A., K., . . . .  Carnelley, K. B., . . . Hart, C. M., . . . . .  Zemp, M.  (in press).  Coping with global uncertainty: Perceptions of COVID-19 psychological distress, relationship quality, and dyadic coping for romantic partners across 27 Countries.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.


Vowels, L. M.., Carnelley, K. B., & Francois-Walcott, R. R. R.  (in press). Partner support and goal outcomes during COVID-19: A mixed methods study.  European Journal of Social Psychology, 


Millings, A., Abu-Akel, A., Mattar, T., & Rowe, A. (2021) Constraints to liberty of movement and attachment styles significantly account for well-being in three Palestinian samples. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 12(1), 1968139.

Eisenbarth, H., Hart, C. M., Zechmeister, J., Kudielka, B. M., & Wust, S. (2021). The differential contribution of boldness, meanness, and disinhibition in explaining externalizing and internalizing symptoms. Current Psychology. 

Eisenbarth, H., Hart, C. M., et al. (2021). Aspects of psychopathic personality relate to lower subjective and objective professional success. Personality and Individual Differences, 186, 111340. 

Newman-Taylor, K., Sood, M., Rowe, A. C., & Carnelley, K. B.  (2021).  The impact of repeated attachment priming on paranoia, mood and behavioural intentions in an analogue sample. Brain Sciences, 

Vowels, L. M., Francois-Walcott, R. R. R., Perks, R., & Carnelley, K. B.  (2021).  “Be free together rather than confined together”: A qualitative exploration of how relationships changed in the early COVID-19 pandemic.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Vowels, L. M.., Carnelley, K. B., & Francois-Walcott, R. R. R.  (2021). Successful negotiation of goal conflict between romantic partners predicts better goal outcomes during COVID-19: A mixed methods study.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Sood, M., Carnelley, K. B., & Newman-Taylor, K., (2021). How does attachment imagery for paranoia work? Cognitive fusion and negative beliefs about self and others mediate the association between attachment imagery and paranoia and anxiety.  Psychology and Psychotherapy:  Theory, Research, and Practice, 94, 973 - 993.

Karl, A., Carnelley, K. B., Arikan, G., Baldwin, D., Heinrichs, M., & Stopa, L. (2021).  The effect of attachment security priming and oxytocin on physiological responses to trauma films and subsequent intrusions. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 141.

Stevenson, J., Millings, A., Emerson, L. M., Sirois, F., & Rowe, A. (2021) Adult Attachment and Mindfulness: Examining Directionality, Causality, and Theoretical Implications. Journal of Research in Personality DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2020.104043

Arriaga, X. B., Eller, J., & Kumashiro, M., Rholes, W. S., & Simpson, J. A. (2021). Self-efficacy and declines over time in attachment anxiety during the transition to parenthood. Social Psychological and Personality and Science, 12, 658-666. doi/10.1177/1948550620933411

Arriaga, X. B., & Kumashiro, M. (2021).  Change in security from an Interdependence Theory perspective. In R. A. Thompson, J. A. Simpson, & L. Berlin (Eds.). Attachment: Fundamental Questions (pp. 176-184). Guilford Press.  ISBN 9781462546022

Thorne, S. R., Hegarty, P., & Hepper, E. G.(2021). Love is heterosexual-by-default: Cultural heterosexism in default prototypes of romantic love. British Journal of Social Psychology, 60, 653-677.DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12422


Hepper E. G., Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C., Robertson, S., & Routledge, C. (2021). Time capsule: Nostalgia shields psychological wellbeing from limited time horizons. Emotion, 21, 644-664. DOI: 10.1037/emo0000728

Vowels, L. M.., & Carnelley, K. B.  (2021). Attachment styles, negotiation of goal conflict, and perceived partner support during COVID-19. Personality and Individual Differences,171.


Satchell, L., Fido., D., Harper., C., Shaw, H., Davidson, B., Ellis, D, Hart, C.M., …. (2020). Development of an Offline-Friend Addiction Questionnaire (O-FAQ): Are most people really social addicts? Behaviour Research Methods, 53, 1097-1106. 

Hart, C. M., Sedikides, C. & De Cremer, D. (2020). Pinpointing the role of the self in procedural fairness. Self and Identity, 2107-2124. 

Millings, A., Hirst, S., Sirois, F., & Houlston, C. (2020) Emotional Adaptation to Relationship Dissolution in parents and non-parents: A new conceptual model and measure. PLOS One doi:  10.1371/journal.pone.0239712

Rice, T. M., Kumashiro, M., & Arriaga, X. B. (2020). Mind the gap: Perceived partner responsiveness as a bridge between general and partner-specific attachment security. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17,7178-7194.

Kumashiro, M., & Arriaga, X. B. (2020). Attachment security enhancement model: Bolstering attachment securing through close relationships. In B. A. Mattingly, K. P. McIntyre, & G. W. Lewandowski, Jr. (Eds.), Interpersonal Relationships and the Self-Concept (pp. 69-88). Springer.

Hunt, L. L., Kumashiro, M., & Arriaga, X. B. (2020). An interdependence analysis of enhancing attachment security. In L. V. Machia, C. R. Agnew, & X. B. Arriaga (Eds.), Interdependence, Interaction, and Close Relationships (pp. 95-119). Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781108480963 

Urbonaviciute, G., & Hepper, E. G. (2020). When is narcissism associated with low empathy? A meta-analytic review. Journal of Research in Personality, 89, 104036. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2020.104036

Luke, M. A., Carnelley, K. B., & Sedikides, C. (2020) Attachments in the workplace: How attachment security in the workplace benefits the organization.  European Journal of Social Psychology, 50, 1046-1054.Psychology,

Kobori, O., Sawamiya, Y., Yoshinaga, N., Rowe, A., Wilkinson, L. (2020). Investigation of attachment orientation and affect regulation: Use of a novel affect regulation mapping tool in Japanese athletes.Psychologia.

Rowe, A. C., Gold, E. R., & Carnelley, K. B.  (2020).  The effectiveness of attachment security priming in improving positive affect and reducing negative affect:  A systematic review.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, doi: 10.3390/ijerph17030968

Douglas, T. D., Stephens, J. W., Barry, J., Lee, M. D., & Wilkinson, L. L. (2020). The influence of attachment orientation on weight loss, eating behaviour and other health outcomes among patients undergoing bariatric surgery: A scoping review. Appetite, 147, 104504.


Julal Cnossen, F. S., Harman, K., & Butterworth, R. (2019). Attachment, efficacy beliefs and relationship satisfaction in dating, emerging adult women. Journal of Relationships Research, 10, e19, 1–9.

Arriaga, X. B., & Kumashiro, M. (2019). Walking a security tightrope: Relationship induced changes in attachment security. Current Opinions in Psychology, 25, 121-126.

Shearman, N., Millings, A., Carroll, D., & Rowe, A. C. (2019). A preliminary exploration of the links between attachment disorganisation and schizotypy dimensions in adulthood. Schizophrenia Research, 208, 493.

Millings, A., Carnelley, K. B., Rowe, A. C., Wilderspin, A., Wiseman, H., & Cavanagh, K.  (2019).  Priming attachment security improves attitudes towards a range of therapies, British Journal of Psychology, 110, 15-39. 

Wilkinson, L. L., Rowe, A.C., & Millings, A. (2019). Disorganised attachment predicts body mass index via uncontrolled eating. International Journal of Obesity, 1. Manuscript Number: 2019IJO00092R 

Hirst, S., Hepper, E. G., & Tenenbaum, H. (2019). Attachment dimensions and forgiveness of others: A meta-analysis. Journal of Social & Personal Relationships,  36, 3960-3985. DOI: 10.1177/0265407519841716


Thorne, S. R., Hegarty, P., & Hepper, E. G. (2019). Beyond heteronormativity: Toward equality in theory in the psychology of romantic love. Theory & Psychology, 29, 240-257. DOI: 10.1177/0959354319826725

Carnelley, K. B., & Boag, E.  (2019).  Attachment and prejudice.  Current Opinion in Psychology, 25, 110-114.



Hart, C. M., Hepper, E. G., & Sedikides, C. (2018). Understanding and mitigating narcissists’ low empathy. In T. Hermann, A. Brunell, & J. Foster (Eds.), The handbook of trait narcissism:  Key advances, research methods, and controversies. New York, NY: Springer. 

Arriaga, X. B., Kumashiro, M., Simpson, J. A., & Overall, N.C. (2018). Revising working models across time: Relationship situations that enhance attachment security. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 22, 71-96.

Julal, F. S. (2018). Holding the baby: Using the Leiden Infant Simulator Sensitivity Assessment to examine attachment theory’s sensitivity hypothesis. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 17, 229-241.


Carnelley, K., Bejinaru, M-M., Otway, L., Baldwin, D., & Rowe, A. (2018). Effects of repeated attachment security priming in outpatients with primary depressive disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.02.040


Wilkinson, L., Rowe, A., Robinson, E. & Hardman, C. (2018). Explaining the relationship between attachment anxiety, eating behaviour and BMI. Appetite. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2018.04.029



Darwin, Z., & Walsh, J. (2017). The maternal-fetal relationship: conceptualisation, measurement and application in practice. In L. C. Edozien, & P. M. S. O'Brien (Eds.), Biopsychosocial Factors in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.


Wilkinson, L, Rowe, A, Sheldon, C, Johnson, A & Brunstrom, J, (2017). Disinhibited eating mediates differences in attachment insecurity between bariatric surgery candidates/ recipients and lean controls. International Journal of Obesity. 41(12), 1831-1834. doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.157


Julal, F. S., Carnelley, K. B., & Rowe, A. (2017): The relationship between attachment style and placement of parents in adults’ attachment networks over time. Attachment and Human Development,

Krasuska M, Lavda A, Thompson AR & Millings A (2017) The role of adult attachment orientation and coping in psychological adjustment to living with skin conditions. British Journal of Dermatology


Hart, C. M., Bush-Evans, R. D., Hepper, E. G., & Hickman, H. M. (2017). The children of Narcissus: Insights into narcissists' parenting styles. Personality and Individual Differences, 117, 249-254. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.06.019


Stevenson JC, Emerson LM & Millings A (2017) The Relationship Between Adult Attachment Orientation and Mindfulness: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Mindfulness.


Carnelley, K. B., Otway, L. J., & Rowe, A. C. (2016). The effects of attachment priming on depressed and anxious mood. Clinical Psychological Science, 4, 433-450. 

Sedikides, C., Wildschut, T., Cheung, W. Y., Routledge, C., Hepper, E. G., Arndt, J., Vail, K., Zhou, X., Brackstone, K., & Vingerhoets, A. (2016). Nostalgia fosters self-continuity: Uncovering the mechanism (social connectedness) and consequence (eudaimonic wellbeing). Emotion, 16, 524-539. DOI: 10.1037/emo0000136

Rowe, A, Shepstone, LLS, Carnelley, K, Cavanagh, K & Millings, AK, (2016). Attachment Security and Self-compassion Priming Increase the Likelihood that First-time Engagers in Mindfulness Meditation Will Continue with Mindfulness Training. Mindfulness, vol 7., pp. 642-650

Millings, A., Hepper, E. G., Hart, C. M., Swift, L., & Rowe, A. (2016). Holding back the tears: Individual differences in adult crying proneness reflect attachment orientation and attitudes to crying. Frontiers in Psychology: Personality and Social Psychology, 7, 1003. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01003

Sirois F, Millings A & Hirsch J (2016) Insecure attachment orientation and well-being in emerging adults: The roles of perceived social support and fatigue. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 318-321.