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Brett Peters

Dr. Brett Peters, portrait
Associate Professor
Porter 259, Athens Campus


Ph.D. Social Psychology. University of Rochester (2017)

M.A. Social Psychology. University of Rochester (2015)

B.S. Psychology. University of Wisconsin - Madison (2012)


Dr. Peters’ research focuses on stress and psychophysiology in social relationships. He is particularly interested in using the biopsychosocial model of challenge and threat to help elucidate the underlying mechanisms of stress and affective processes on physiological outcomes in romantic relationships.

Dr. Peters is currently accepting new Ph.D. students.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

* student author

*Tudder, A., *Wilkinson, M., *Gresham, A.M., & Peters, B.J. (in press) The intrapersonal and interpersonal consequences of a new experimental manipulation of co-rumination. Emotion.

*Misiak, M., *Behnke, M., Peters, B.J., Dziekan, M., Kosakowski, M., Gimzicka, M., & Kaczmarek, L. (2022). Evil joy is hard to share: Negative affect attenuates interpersonal capitalizing on immoral deeds. Emotion. Advance online publication.

Tomlinson, J.M., Feeney, B.C., Peters, B.J., *Zhang, Y (2022). Physiological correlates of support for self-expansion and links to goal pursuit in retirement. Psychophysiology, e14061.

Girme, Y.U., Peters, B.J., Baker, L.R., Overall, N.C., Fletcher, G.J.O., Reis, H.T., & Jamieson, J.P. (2021). Attachment anxiety and the curvilinear effects of expressive suppression on partners’ outcomes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 121(3) 524-547.

*Gresham, A.M., Peters, B.J., Karantzas, G., Cameron, L.D., & Simpson, J.A. (2021). Examining COVID-19 stressors, intimate partner violence, health, and health behaviors. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 38(8), 2291-2307.

*Manigault, A. W., Peters, B. J., & Zoccola, P. M (2021). When enhanced awareness threatens: Interactive effects of domain-specific awareness and acceptance manipulations on cardiovascular indices of challenge and threat. Psychophysiology, 58, e13697.

Joel, S., Eastwick, P. W., Allison, C. J., Arriaga, X. B., Baker, Z. G., Bar-Kalifa, E., Bergeron, S., Birnbaum, G., Brock, R. L., Brumbaugh, C. C., Carmichael, C. L., Chen, S., Clarke, J., Cobb, R. J., Coolsen, M. K., Davis, J., de Jong, D. C., Debrot, A., DeHaas, E. C., Derrick, J. L., Eller, J., Estrada, M. J., Faure, R., Finkel, E. J., Fraley, R. C., Gable, S. L., Gadassi, R., Girme, Y. U., Gordon, A. M., Gosnell, C. L., Hammond, M. D., Hannon, P. A., Harasymchuk, C., Hofmann, W., Horn, A. B., Impett, E. A., Jamieson, J. P., Keltner, D., Kim, J. J., Kirchner, J. L., Kluwer, E. S., Kumashiro, M., Larson, G., Lazarus, G., Logan, J. M., Luchies, L. B., MacDonald, G., Machia, L. V., Maniaci, M. R., Maxwell, J. A., Mizrahi, M., Muise, A., Niehuis, S., Ogolsky, B. G., Oldham, C. R., Overall, N. C., Perrez, M., Peters, B. J., Pietromonaco, P. R., Powers, S. I., Prok, T., Pshedetzky-Shochat, R., Rafaeli, E., Ramsdell, E., Reblin, M., Reicherts, M., Reifman, A., Reis, H. T., Rhoades, G. K., Rholes, W. S., Righetti, F., Rodriguez, L. M., Rogge, R., Rosen, N. O., Saxbe, D., Sened, H., Simpson, J. A., Slotter, E. B., Stanley, S. M., Stocker, S., Surra, C., Vaughn, A. A., Vicary, A. M., Visserman, M. L., & Wolf, S. (2020). Machine learning uncovers the most robust self-report predictors of relationship quality across 43 longitudinal couples studies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(32), 19061-19071.

Tomlinson, J.M., Feeney, B.C., & Peters, B. J. (2020). Growing into retirement: Longitudinal evidence for the importance of partner support for self-expansion. Psychology of Aging, 35(7), 1041-1049.

*Tudder, A., *Gresham, A., Peters, B. J., Reis, H. T., & Jamieson, J. P. (2020). The effects of dispositional restrictiveness on physiological markers of challenge and threat during a hypothetical transitional period in romantic relationships. Psychophysiology, 57(10), e13624.

Overall, N.C., Clark, M.S., Fletcher, G.J.O., Peters, B.J., & Chang, V.T. (2020). Does expressing emotions enhance perceptual accuracy of negative emotions during relationship interactions? Emotion 20(3), 353-367.

*Hayes, C. L., Peters, B. J., Foster, J. A. (2020). Microbes and mental health: Can the microbiome help explain clinical heterogeneity in psychiatry? Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 58, 100849.

Peters, B. J. & Overall, N. C. (2020) Perceptions of romantic partners’ emotional suppression are more biased than accurate. Emotion, 20(8), 1485-1489.

Peters, B.J., Overall, N.C., Cameron, L.D., Hammond, M. D., Low, R.S.T., & Girme, Y.U., (2020). Do habitual emotional suppression measures predict response-focused situational suppression during social interactions? Emotion, 20(6), 1005-1019.

de Jong, D. C., Reis, H. T., Peters, B. J., DeHaan, C. R., & Birnbaum, G. E. (2019). The role of implicit sexual desire in romantic relationships. Personality and Individual Differences, 149, 46-56. https://doi:10.1016/j.paid/2019.05.042

Peters, B. J., Overall, N. C., Girme, Y. U., & Jamieson, J. P. (2019). Partners’ attachment insecurity predicts greater physiological threat in anticipation of attachment-relevant interactions. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(2), 469-489.

Peters, B. J., Reis, H. T., & Gable, S. L. (2018). Making the good even better: A review and theoretical model of interpersonal capitalization. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 12, e12407.

Peters, B. J., Reis, H. T., & Jamieson, J. P. (2018). Cardiovascular indexes of threat impair responsiveness in situations of conflicting interests. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 123, 1–7.

Peters, B.J., Hammond, M.D., Reis, H.T., & Jamieson, J.P. (2016). The consequences of having a dominant romantic partner on testosterone responses during a social interaction. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 74, 308-315.

Peters, B. J., & Jamieson, J. P. (2016). The consequences of suppressing affective displays in romantic relationships: A challenge and threat perspective. Emotion, 16(7), 1050–1066.

Jamieson, J.P., Peters, B.J., Greenwood, E.J., & Altose, A. (2016). Reappraising stress arousal improves performance and reduces evaluation anxiety in classroom exam situations. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7(6), 1-9.

Roche, J.M., Peters, B.J., & Dale, R. (2015). “Your Tone Says It All”: The processing and interpretation of affective language. Speech Communication, 66, 47-64.

Peters, B.J., Overall N.C. & Jamieson, J.P. (2014). Physiological and cognitive consequences of emotion suppression and expression in dyadic interactions. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 94(1), 100-107.

Jamieson, J., Valdesolo, P., & Peters, B.J. (2014) Sympathy for the devil? The physiological, psychological, and decision effects of being an agent (and target) of dissent. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 221-227.

Beltzer, M.L., Nock, M.K., Peters, B.J., & Jamieson, J.P. (2014). Rethinking butterflies: The emotional, physiological, and performance effects of arousal reappraisal during public speaking. Emotion 14(4), 761-8.

Book Chapters

Reis, H. T., de Jong, D. C., Lee, K. Y., O'Keefe, S. D., & Peters, B. J. (2015). Promoting intimacy: Strategies suggested by the appetitive side. In C. R. Knee & H. T. Reis (Eds.), Positive approaches to optimal relationship development. New York: Cambridge University Press.


NSF PD-98-1332: $500,000 (under review) 2022
Role: Co-PI
Title: No pain, no gain? Pain and perceived responsiveness in intimate relationships

NIH NIMH R15 mechanism: $452,974 (funded) 2022-2025
Role: MPI
Title: (Resubmission) Examining emotion regulation processes in social anxiety from an interpersonal and observational perspective

Ohio University Baker Award: $12,000 (funded) 2021-2022
Role: PI
Title: Examining prospective associations between COVID-19 stressors, IPV, and health and health behaviors

Mental Research Institute: $22,000 (funded) 2020-2021
Role: PI
Title: Examining prospective associations between COVID-19 stressors, IPV, and health and health behaviors

Selected Conference Presentations

Peters, B.J., Reis, H.T., & Jamieson, J.P. (2017). Cardiovascular consequences when capitalizing in the face of relationship threat. Society of Personality & Social Psychology (SPSP)

Peters, B. J., & Jamieson, J. P. (2016). The consequences of suppressing affective displays in romantic relationships: A challenge and threat perspective. Talk given at the International Association for Relationship Researchers (IARR).

Peters, B. J., Reis, H. T., Hammond, M. D., & Jamieson, J. P. (2016). The consequences of having a dominant romantic partner on testosterone responses during a social interaction. Talk given at annual meeting for the Social Psychologists Around Western New York (SPAWN).

Peters, B. J., de Jong, D. (2016). Maximizing success in the classroom. Talk given at Teaching as Research (TAR) online forum.

Peters, B. J., Reis, H. T., & Jamieson, J. P. (2016). When good news is bad news: Physiological consequences of capitalizing with a restrictive partner. Poster and data-blitz presented at Annual meeting for the Society of Personality & Social Psychology (SPSP).

Courses Taught


PSY 6210 – Human Psychophysiology

PSY 6220 - Psychophysiology


PSY 2210 - Psychophysiology

Professional Affiliations

International Association for Relationship Research (IARR)

Society for Personality & Social Psychology (SPSP)

Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology


Consulting Editor: Emotion

Manuscript reviewer or ad-hoc reviewer: Biological Psychology, Emotion, European Journal of Social Psychology, Hormones and Behavior, Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.