Rebecca T. Pinkus

My research focuses on social cognition within the context of close relationships; in particular, I am interested in how individuals balance concerns about the self with concerns about the relationship.

I investigate whether individuals use self-protective versus relationship-maintenance coping strategies in their relationships. My research examines person-level moderators (such as self-esteem, age) as well as situation-level moderators (such as context) in relationship processes.

Examining these processes can lead to a better understanding of how individuals maintain satisfying romantic relationships.


  • 2016–present
    Lecturer, University of Sydney
  • 2010–2015
    Lecturer, Western Sydney University


  • 2007 
    University of Toronto, PhD
  • 2002 
    University of Toronto, MA
  • 2000 
    University of Western Ontario, BSc

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    The stress of obesity stigma: Testing a model of risk and resilience
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2013
    Emotional responses to comparisons in romantic relationships: Implications for relationship wellbeing
    Funding Source: