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Nancy Frye

Chair, Psychology DepartmentProfessor of Psychology

Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Florida M.S., Texas Tech University, Human Development and Family StudiesB.A., New College, Psychology

Description

Dr. Frye received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Florida in 2002. To date, she has been working on two lines of research. The first focuses on social cognition in the context of relationships. This research, for instance, has addressed the possibility that partners may cope with their relationship problems, in part, by perceiving the problems as improving over time. The second addresses spouses' use of physical and psychological aggression in their relationships. This research, for instance, has addressed the possibility that partners may be particularly likely to engage in aggression at times when they are experiencing high levels of stress.

Specialties

Social psychology, marital relationships and on-line data collection.

Publications

Frye, N.E. (2016). “Let’s do what together?!” Shared activity perceptions and relationship closeness. Leisure Sciences, 0, 1-13.

Cohen, L.E., Kramer-Vida, L., Frye, N.E., & Andreou, M. (2014). The effect of bilingual instruction and play on preschoolers’ English proficiency. International Journal of Play, 3, 36-52.
 

Cohen, L.E., Kramer-Vida, L., & Frye, N.E. (2012). Using dialogic reading as professional development to improve students’ English and Spanish vocabulary. National Head Start Association Dialog, 15, 59-80.

Cohen, L.E., Kramer-Vida, L., & Frye, N.E. (2012). Implementing dialogic reading with culturally, linguistically diverse preschool children. National Head Start Association Dialog, 15, 135-141.

Grosskopf, A., & Frye, N.E. (2011). Breaking it is one thing, fixing it is another: Responsibility attributions and support for the US Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court. The Social Science Journal, 49, 24-32.

Frye, N.E. (2011). Responding to problems: The roles of severity and barriers. Personal Relationships, 18, 471-486.

Frye, N.E. (2011). Should I really “forgive and forget” when my partner is insensitive? In G.W. Lewandowski, T.J. Loving, B. Le, & M. Gleason (Eds.) The Science of Relationships: Answers to Your Questions about Dating, Marriage, and Family. USA: Kendall Hunt

Frye, N.E. (2011). Are people less happy after they get married? In G.W. Lewandowski, T.J. Loving, B. Le, & M. Gleason (Eds.) The Science of Relationships: Answers to Your Questions about Dating, Marriage, and Family. USA: Kendall Hunt

Frye, N.E. (2011). Why do people stay in bad relationships? In G.W. Lewandowski, T.J. Loving, B. Le, & M. Gleason (Eds.) The Science of Relationships: Answers to Your Questions about Dating, Marriage, and Family. USA: Kendall Hunt

Frye, N.E., & Dornisch, M.M. (2010). When is trust not enough? The role of perceived privacy of communication tools in comfort with self-disclosure. Computers in Human Behavior, 26, 1120-1127. 

Frye, N.E., & Dornisch, M.M. (2008). Teacher technology use and student evaluations: The moderating role of content area. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 36, 319-333. 

Frye, N.E., McNulty, J.K., & Karney, B.R. (2008). How do constraints on leaving a marriage affect behavior within the marriage? Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 153-161. 

Giacobbi, P.R., Jr., Tuccitto, D.E., & Frye, N.E. (2007). Exercise, affect, and university students’ appraisals of academic events prior to the final examination period. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 8, 261-274. 

Frye, N.E. (2006). Relationship problems and physical aggression: The moderating role of temporal comparison. Personal Relationships, 13, 303-315. 

Giacobbi, P. R., Jr., Hardin, B., Frye, N., Hausenblas, H. A., Sears, S., & Stegelin, A. (2006). A multi-level examination of personality, exercise, and daily life events for individuals with physical disabilities. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 23, 129-147. 

Frye, N.E., & Karney, B.R. (2006). The Context of Aggressive Behavior in Marriage: A Longitudinal Study of Newlyweds. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 12-20. 

Giacobbi, P.R., Jr., Hausenblas, H.A., & Frye, N.E. (2005). A naturalistic assessment of the relationship between personality, daily life events, leisure-time exercise, and mood. Psychology of Sports and Exercise, 6, 67-81. 

Frye, N.E., & Karney, B.R. (2004). Revision in memories of relationship development: Do biases persist over time? Personal Relationships, 11, 79-98. 

Frye, N.E., & Karney, B.R. (2002). Being better or getting better? Social and temporal comparisons as coping mechanisms in close relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 1287-1299. 

Karney, B.R., & Frye, N.E. (2002). "But we've been getting better lately": Comparing prospective and retrospective views of relationship development. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 222-238. 

Karney, B.R., McNulty, J.K., & Frye, N.E. (2001). A social-cognitive perspective on the maintenance and deterioration of relationship satisfaction. In J.H. Harvey & A.E. Wenzel (Eds.), Close romantic relationships: Maintenance and enhancement (pp. 195-214). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Feng, D., Giarrusso, R., Bengtson, V.L., & Frye, N.E. (1999). Intergenerational transmission of marital quality and marital instability. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 61, 451-464. 

Frye, N.E., Robinson, C., & Wicker, J. (1995). Astronomica Encyclopedia [In Astronomica: The quest for the end of the universe]. Sarasota: Hyper-Quest.


Lectures and Presentations

Conference Symposia 
Harman, J., & Frye, N.E. (2006, July, Chairs) Context and aggression: Predicting use of and responses to relationship aggression. Presented at the biennial meeting of the International Association of Relationship Researchers, Rethymnon, Greece. 

Frye, N.E. (1999, August, Chair) Conducting research via the Internet. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, Massachusetts. 

Conference Paper Presentations 
Frye, N.E. (2012). “I’m experienced at this, so you can do it”: Own experience and perceived risk for self and romantic partner. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Association for Relationship Research, Chicago.

Frye, N.E. (2010, July). Responding to problems: The roles of severity and barriers. Presented at the biennial meeting of the International Association of Relationship Research, Herzliya, Israel. 

Frye, N.E., & Dornisch, M.M. (2008, July). “What’chu talkin’ about?” (and how are you talking about it?): Self-disclosure over instant messenger and other new communication tools. Presented at the biennial meeting of the International Association of Relationship Research, Providence, RI. 

Dornisch, M.M., & Frye, N.E. (2008, July). The Digital Divide: Teacher Technology Comfort and Evaluation. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Educational Computing Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Grosskopf, A., & Frye, N.E. (2007, September). Disentangling support for government institutions: The role of attributions of causal and resolution responsibility. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Association. 

Dornisch, M., & Frye, N.E. (2007, March). Teachers' technology comfort and perceived competence: The moderating roles of student gender, teacher gender, and subject area. Presented at the Gender and Education Conference, Dublin, Ireland. 

Frye, N.E., & Karney, B.R. (2006, July). Physical characteristics and physical aggression: The role of height in relationship aggression. Presented at the biennial meeting of the International Association of Relationship Researchers, Rethymnon, Greece. 

Giacobbi, P. R. Jr., Frye, N., & Tuccitto, D. (2004, October). Exercise, affect, and coping with academic demands. A paper presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Society of Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 

Frye, N.E., *Deutsch, V., Neff, L.A., & Karney, B.R. (2004, July) Stress and aggression among newlyweds: The importance of relationship context. To be presented at the biennial meeting of the International Association of Relationships Researchers, Madison, Wisconsin. 

Giacobbi, Jr., P., Hausenblas, H., Frye, N.E., Wetherington, J. (2003, August) The relationship between personality, life events, leisure-time physical activity, and mood: A daily diary study. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Giacobbi, P. R., Jr., Hardin, B., Frye, N., Stegelin, A., Hausenblas, H. A., & Sears, S. (2003, June). A naturalistic assessment of the relationship between personality, daily life events, leisure-time physical activity, and mood with physically disabled individuals. Presented at the annual conference of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. Savannah, Georgia. 

Frye, N.E., & Karney, B.R. (2003, February) Memory Revision in Romantic Relationships: Riding the Wave of Improvement. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Los Angeles, California. 

Frye, N.E., & Karney, B.R. (2002, July) Changes in memories of marital satisfaction over time. Presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships, Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

Frye, N.E., & Karney, B.R. (2001, June) Being better or getting better? Social and temporal comparisons as coping mechanisms in close relationships. Presented at the biennial meeting of the International Network on Personal Relationships, Phoenix, AZ. 

Karney, B.R., & Frye, N.E. (2001, February) Temporal comparison and memory bias in close relationships. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, Texas. 

Frye, N.E. (1999, August) Internet demographics and participant recruitment. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, Massachusetts. 

Frye, N.E. (1996, April) Categories of spouse abuse as measured by self-report and reaction time in a lexical decision task. Presented at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. Asheville, North Carolina. 
*Indicates student coauthor 

Conference Poster Presentations 
Frye, N.E., Dornisch, M.M., Lutz, J., Yee, V.*, & Kim, Y. (2017). Self-efficacy, belonging, and motivation: The role of perceived classroom environment and student preferences. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Frye, N.E., & Dornisch, M.M. (2017). Robust reliability of rubrics? Examination of faculty-faculty and faculty-student rubric ratings. Poster presented at the annual General Education and Assessment Conference of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, Phoenix, AZ.

Frye, N.E., & Dornisch, M.M. (2016). Applying the Investment Model to college students: Does it apply equally to transfer and non-transfer students? Poster presented at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Frye, N.E., & Dornisch, M.M. (2016). Students’ “proficient” and faculty’s “proficient”: Comparing student and faculty rubric ratings. Poster presented at the annual General Education and Assessment Conference of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, New Orleans, LA.

Frye, N.E., & Dornisch, M.M. (2015). Till graduation do us part? Predicting intention to graduate among college students. Presented at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

*Ely, L., Greb, A.E., & Frye, N. (2013). Development of a practice analysis instrument for laboratory genetic counselors. National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Education Conference, Anaheim CA.

*Fink, K., Greb, A.E., & Frye, N. (2013). Motivating factors for genetic counselors to offer additional testing beyond BRCA 1/2. National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Education Conference, Anaheim CA.

*Handy, J., Mitchell, E., Greb, A.E., & Frye, N. (2013). Assessing genetic counseling programs: Preparing students for the role of laboratory genetic counselor. National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Education Conference, Anaheim CA.

*Miles, J., Greb, A.E., & Frye, N. (2013). Factors associated with parental stress in the path to diagnosis of Klinefelter Syndrome. National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Education Conference, Anaheim CA.
*Brosseau, A., Greb, A.E., & Frye, N. (2012). Parental beliefs and attitudes towards testing children for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer genes. National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Education Conference, Boston.

*Frye, N.E., & Camhi, M. (2012). Aggression on the water: Situational and personality predictors of surfer aggression. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research Conference, Montreal.

Frye, N.E., & Dornisch, M.M. (2010). Privacy concerns and revelation: Self-disclosure using new communication tools. Presented at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Frye, N.E., & Dornisch, M.M. (2009). Let me tell you about myself (or who I want you to think I am): Disclosure and honesty on Facebook and Myspace. Presented at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, Florida. 

Frye, N.E., & Dornisch, M.M. (2008, March). Self-disclosure in the 21st century: The role of privacy concerns and experience with technology. Presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, Massachusetts. 

Frye, N.E. (2008, February). Problem severity and attention: The moderating roles of satisfaction and constraints. Presented at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Frye, N.E. (2007, January). “I’m happiest on the days he brings me flowers”: The covariation between daily behaviors and satisfaction among aggressive and non- aggressive partners. Presented at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Memphis, Tennessee. 

*Springle, T., & Frye, N.E. (2006, April). The perception of improvement and satisfaction in relationships. Presented at the annual Long Island Psychology Conference, Hempstead, New York. 

*Costa, A., & Frye, N.E. (2006, March). Perception of doctors and the utilization of healthcare. Presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, Maryland. 

*Funfgeld, K., & Frye, N.E. (2006, March). Satisfaction and relationship length among dating partners. Presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, Maryland. 

Frye, N.E., & McNulty, J.K. (2006, January). "I can't leave, but neither can you": Constraint and aggression marriage. Presented at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Palm Springs, California. 

Frye, N.E. (2005, January). Relationship problems and physical aggression: The moderating role of temporal comparison. Presented at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. New Orleans, Louisiana. 

*Deutsch, V., Frye, N.E., Matin, E., & Rossi, G. (2004, May) "It’s not you, it’s me": Associations between cognitive factors and physical/sexual aggression in common couple violence. To be presented at Long Island Psychology Conference, Oakdale, NY. 

Giacobbi, P. R., Jr., Frye, N., Tuccitto, D., & Martindale, L. (2004, June). A test of the transactional model of stress and coping. Does exercise mediate stress and coping reactions? Presented at the annual conference of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Frye, N.E., *Deutsch, V., Neff, L.A., & Karney, B.R. (2004, January) External stress and aggression in the early years of marriage: The importance of relationship context. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, Texas. 

*Didonato, J., *Abroff, S., & Frye, N.E. (2003, September) Let’s talk about "us": Spontaneous relationship descriptions and survey responses. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Greensboro, NC. 

Frye, N.E., & Karney, B.R. (2002, February) Being better or getting better? Social and temporal comparisons as coping mechanisms in close relationships. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Savannah, Georgia. 

Frye, N.E., Rychener, S., Fitzpatrick, J., McCourt, A., & Miller, B. (2001, February) Informing family members about romantic relationships. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, Texas. 

Frye, N.E., Fitzpatrick, J., Rychener, S., McCourt, A., & Miller, B. (2000, June) The role of seeking partners in romantic relationships. Presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships, Brisbane, Australia. 

Frye, N.E., & Karney, B.R. (2000, February) Satisfaction and constraint: Commitment sources and relationship maintenance behavior. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Nashville, Tennessee. 

Frye, N.E., Rychener, S., Fitzpatrick, J., & Crawford, D. (2000, March). Participation in online social research: Demographic characteristics and means of recruitment. Presented at CSS 2000 Online Conference. 

Frye, N.E., & Karney, B. I Want to Stay (and I Can’t Leave). (1999, June) Presented at the biennial meeting of the International Network on Personal Relationships, Louisville, KY. 

Frye, N.E., Crawford, D., & Feng, D. (1998, November) Attributions of Responsibility and Intended Social Support Provision. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Athens, GA. 

Frye, N.E., & Feng, D. (1998, August) Parental approval and marital satisfaction. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, California. 

*Indicates student coauthor 


Exhibits


Honors/Awards

2010 C.W. Post Campus Monetary Research Grant
2003 Honorable mention, Templeton's Seligman Award for Outstanding Dissertation

Ad Hoc Reviewer 
Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Experimental Aging Research 
Group Dynamics 
Journal of Family Issues 
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 
National Healthy Marriage Resource Center 
Personal Relationships 
Psychological Assessment 
Self and Identity 
Violence against Women


Editorial Board 
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 
Personal Relationships 


Grant Reviewer 
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada