Katie Spence


Lecturer - Psychology


  • MSc. Social Psychology – The University of Edinburgh
  • MA (Hons.) Psychology – The University of Edinburgh

Research Interests

  • Romantic Relationships; specifically romantic attachment, perceived partner responsiveness and self-expansion
  • Dyadic correlational studies (SPSS and R)
  • Daily diary studies


  • Stanton, S. C. E., Spence, K., Kähkönen, J. E., & Dobson, K. (2020). Individual and dyadic associations among relational self-expansion potential, affect, and perceived health. Personal Relationships, 27(3), 550-570. https:// doi/10.1111/pere.12331.
  • Spence, K., & Stanton, S.C.E. Relationship OCD, Perceived Partner Responsiveness, and Relationship Quality: A Dyadic Longitudinal Mediation Model in a Sub-Clinical Sample of Romantic Couples. Manuscript in preparation.

Professional Experience

  • Lecturer in Psychology – University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Project Manager & Research Assistant – Diverse Romantic Relationships and Wellbeing (DRRAW1) Project – The University of Edinburgh
  • Research Associate – Health and Relationship Processes (HARP) lab – The University of Edinburgh
  • Ad-hoc Reviewer – Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Teaching Subjects

  • Higher Psychology
  • NC Social Sciences (Psychology)
  • HNC Social Sciences (Psychology, Research & Methodology, Graded Unit)
  • BSc. Psychology modules
  • BA. Social Sciences modules
  • BA. Child & Youth Studies modules


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