Camilla Overup

Assistant Professor

School of Psychology - Metropolitan Campus


I teach a number of classes at FDU. Among my primary courses are those related to social psychology. Specifically, I teach:

  • PSYC 1103 General Psychology (undergraduate)
  • PSYC 2234 Social Psychology (undergraduate)
  • PSYC 3202 Experimental Psychology (undergraduate)
  • PSYC 7125 Applied Social Psychology (graduate)

I hope to add to this list of courses in the future. My hopes are to develop courses on social cognition, the self, and personal/romantic relationships. Moreover, I would like to teach about health psychology or cultural psychology.

Research Interests

Research interests in my lab are many and varied. Below is a list of the primary interests:

  1. Broadly speaking, we are interested in how identities are communicated and negotiated within relationships. Thus far, research has primarily focused on self-presentation as the tool of such identity communication. Efforts thus far have emphasized both interpersonal, intra-personal and situational factors that predict self-presentation. For instance, we have found that individuals report differing levels of self-presentation across different types of relationships. Additionally, these differences are also a function of closeness and trust with the interaction partner, as well as the extent to which self-esteem is contingent on the relationship. Furthermore, perceptions of positive and negative behaviors of the interaction partner also predict self-presentation, both cross-sectionally and situationally (during a daily diary). Future research will seek to examine whether individuals are successful in communicating their identities to others, and the situational determinants of this success.
  2. We are also interested in the dynamics associated with intimate partner violence (IPV). Until now, we have focused primarily on various individual difference factors associated with both the perpetration and victimization of IPV. As parts of these efforts, we have found that victims of IPV tend to report more drinking problems, partly because of they drink to cope with negative emotions, including depression. Work focused on IPV perpetration has found that individuals who are more insecure in their relationships, less trusting of their partner, and who are more jealous and suspicious of their partners, are more likely to engage in IPV perpetration. Furthermore, individuals who are not autonomously motivated, but rather have a controlled motivational orientation (that is, they engage in behaviors, not out of their own free will and desire, but because of external pressures and rewards), tend to engage in more IPV perpetration. Future research will seek to examine associations with self-control, identity negotiations, and dominance motives.

We are also in the process of starting up research on body image and body image satisfaction. Additionally, we are exploring the antecedents and consequences of feeling worthy of love from others.

If you are interested in hearing more about our research, or if you are interested in collaborating with us, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Becoming an RA for the DYNA-RISH lab

We are always looking to hear from individuals, who love psychology and wish to get experience conducting research. We hope that the RA experience is mutually beneficial; we will ask you to complete various tasks (including literature reviews, running participants, programming studies, and much more), and in return, we will provide you with opportunities aimed at developing critical thinking skills, presentation skills, and knowledge concerning the research process, among others.

If you are interested in working with us as an RA, please complete and return the application.

You can also find out more information on my website:  -  on here, you can find information related to my research interests and my lab, my publications, and my teaching philosophy and course offerings.

Short Abstract

University College
School of Psychology
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road, (T-WH1-01)
Teaneck, NJ 07666