Jessica Maxwell

Jessica Maxwell is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where she co-leads the REACH (Researching Emotions, Attachment, Close Relationships & Health) Lab. Her research examines how key principles of social cognition inform relational and sexual well-being, and how interdependent relationship processes uniquely inform theoretical perspectives on social cognition. In particular, she assesses how individual differences in expectations and perceptions influence sexual and relationship well-being, examining factors such as how individuals expect they can best maintain sexual satisfaction, what they expect from casual sex encounters, and how accurate they are in detecting their partners’ feelings and sexual preferences.