Cynthia Hazan

 

Cynthia Hazan

Associate Professor
G63, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
 
Email: ch34@cornell.edu
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Curriculum Vitae
 
Biographical Statement:

Dr. Hazan’s general area of interest is human mating and pair bonding.  Most of her research has been conducted within the framework of ethological attachment theory, which focuses on the predisposition of people of all ages to form strong interpersonal bonds.  Her initial work helped establish the theory’s usefulness for understanding and explaining individual differences in the way adults think, feel, and behave in their closest relationships.  More recently, she has been investigating the processes by which such bonds develop.  The studies employ a variety of self-report and experimental methods, including diaries, heart rate monitoring, stress induction, anthropometric assessments, reaction time tasks, and behavioral observations.  There is ample evidence that people who have close social ties are happier and healthier and also live longer than people who lack such ties.  Research on the factors that foster the development of social attachments is therefore of great practical and theoretical value.

 
Teaching and Advising Statement:

The aims of my teaching and advising are closely aligned with those of my research and my responsibilities as a scholar to investigate, understand, teach and mentor.  My work in each of these overlapping domains is guided by three interrelated goals:  1) to stimulate interest in the phenomena of human development, 2) to encourage critical thinking about the issues, findings and policy implications of human development research and theory, and 3) to help students develop an integrative overview of human development and identify the ways in which they can meaningfully contribute. 

 
Current Professional Activities:

Cornell University Graduate Field Member: Department of Human Development

Cornell University Graduate Field Member: Department of Psychology

Reviewer for professional journals:

Developmental Psychology

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General

Journal of Family Issues

Journal of Personality

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Journal of Personal Relationships

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

 
Current Research Activities:

Dr. Hazan's general area of interest is human mating.  Most of her research has been conducted within the framework of ethological attachment theory, which focuses on the predisposition of people of all ages to form strong interpersonal bonds.  Her initial work helped establish the theory's usefulness for understanding and explaining individual differences in the way adults think, feel, and behave in their closest relationships.  More recently, she has been investigating the processes by which such bonds develop.  The studies employ a variety of methods, including questionnaires, daily logs, heart rate monitoring, stress tasks, anthropometric assessments, and behavioral observations.  There is ample evidence that people who have close social ties are happier and healthier and also live longer than people who lack such ties.  Thus research on the factors that foster or inhibit the development of social attachments is of potentially important practical as well as theoretical value.

 
Current Public Engagement Activities:

For the past 6 years I have served as a volunteer at the Auburn Correctional Facility (a maximum security prison) working with the Veterans Group of Auburn on collaborative community service projects.

 
Education:

University of Denver Ph.D. 1988 Social and Personality Psychology
University of Denver M.A. 1986 Social and Personality Psychology
University of Denver B.A. 1982 Psychology
 

 
Courses Taught:

Human Bonding

The Nature and Function of Affectional Bonds

Laboratory Research in Adult Attachment

 
Selected Publications:

Zayas, V. & Hazan, C. (Eds.) (2015). Bases of Adult Attachment: Linking Brain, Mind and Behavior. Springer Publishing.

 

C. Hazan & M. Campa (Eds.),(2013). Human bonding: The science of affectional ties. New York: Guilford Publications.

 

Selçuk, E., Zayas, V., Günaydin, G., Hazan, C., & Kross. E. (2012). Mental representations of attachment figures facilitate recovery following upsetting autobiographical memory recall. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 362-378.

 

Günaydin, G., Zayas, V., Selçuk, E., & Hazan, C. (2012). I like you but I don’t know why: Objective facial resemblance to significant others influences snap judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 350-353.

 

Sbarra, D.A., Hazan, C. (2008).  Coregulation, dysregulation, self-regulation: an integrative analysis and empirical agenda for understanding adult attachment, separation, loss, and recovery. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 12, 141-67.

 

Hazan, C., Campa, M., and Gur-Yaish, N. (2006). What is adult attachment? In M. Mikulincer & G.S. Goodman (Eds.), Dynamics of romantic love: Attachment, caregiving, and sex (pp. 47-70). New York: Guilford Press.

 

Hazan, C. (2003). The human capacity for bonding. In M. Seligman & C. Peterson (Eds.), Values in Action: Classification of Strengths. APA Publications.

 

Hazan, C. & Diamond, L.M. (2000). The place of attachment in human mating. Review of General Psychology 4, 186-204.

 

Hazan, C. & Zeifman, D. (1999). Pair bonds as attachments: Evaluating the evidence. In J.Cassidy & P.R. Shaver (Eds.) Handbook of Attachment Theory and Research.

 

Hazan, C., & Zeifman, D. (1994). Sex and the psychological tether. In D. Perlman and K. Bartholomew (Eds.), Advances in personal relationships, pp. 151-180. London.

 

Hazan, C., & Shaver, P.R. (1994). Attachment as an organizational framework for research on close relationships. Target article, Psychological Inquiry, 5, 1-22.

 

Hazan, C., & Shaver, P.R. (1990). Love and work: An attachment-theoretical perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 59, 270-280.

 

Hazan, C., & Shaver, P.R. (1987). Romantic love conceptualized as an attachment process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 52, 511-524.

 

 
Selected Keywords:
Social and personality development, ethological attachment theory, adult attachment processes, human mating and pair bonding

 
The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.