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Alicia Limke-McLean

Alicia Limke-McLean

After serving as the Director of Research in the Graduate Programs in Counseling at Southern Nazarene University from 2003 to 2014 and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling there from 2012 to 2014, I returned to the University of Central Oklahoma (where I was an Assistant Professor from 2007 to 2012) as an Associate Professor in 2014.

The Crossroads Research Lab (which spanned both UCO and SNU) focuses on predicting interpersonal processes from intrapersonal ones. Within this goal, there are three main areas of research.

One line of current research involves the content and structure of knowledge about both the self and relationship partners. Some studies focus on the stability and consistency of evaluative organization as well as potential vulnerabilities that are associated with organizational preferences. This research is also interested in how cognitive and relational aspects of the self-concept (e.g., evaluative organization of self-knowledge, self-discrepancy, self-complexity, and attachment) change over the course of psychological treatment.

A second line of research examines processes associated with adult attachment. I am interested in the relationship between different types of attachment (e.g., parents, partners, and God) as well as how attachment can be used as a mediator between (or explanation for the relationship between) children experiences and long-term psychological and relationship consequences. Finally, this research examines individual differences in attachment and the relationship outcomes associated with them (such as among players of massive multi-player online games).

A third line of research investigates the psychological characteristics of law enforcement personnel, especially regarding predictors of resiliency following trauma. The research is interested in examining the role of social support in the process of healing - specifically, identifying aspects of social support crucial to each officer's success.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Close Relationships
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
  • Social Cognition

Research Group or Laboratory:

Journal Articles:

  • Hart, J. T., Limke, A., & Budd, P. R. (2010). Attachment and faith development. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 38, 122-128.
  • Limke, A., Holloway, H., & Knight, M. (2011). To write is right: Implementation and evaluation of a Writing for Psychology course. Journal of Scientific Psychology, 6-10.
  • Limke, A., & Mayfield, P. B. (2011). Attachment to God: Differentiating the contributions of fathers and mothers using the Experiences in Parental Relationships scale. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 39, 122-129.
  • Limke, A., & Showers, C. J. (2010). Organization of parent knowledge: Compartmentalization and integration in adult child-parent relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1225-1240.
  • Limke, A., Showers, C. J., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2010). Emotional and sexual maltreatment: Attachment mediates psychological adjustment. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 29, 347-367.
  • Limke-McLean, A., Mayfield, P. B., & Presley, J. C. (in press). Roles, affective states, and the good/bad me: Self-aspect descriptions and the malleability of evaluative organization of self-knowledge. Journal of Scientific Psychology.
  • Lowell, S., & Limke, A. (2009). Adult romantic attachment and types of perfectionism. Journal of Scientific Psychology, 18-23.
  • McDole, M., & Limke, A. (2008). Extended family social support: Making a difference in the attachment styles of adult children of divorce. Journal of Scientific Psychology, 17-24.
  • Myers, T., Limke-McLean, A., & Jones, P. C. (2016). I’m secure but you’re not: Implications of attachment matches for conflict resolution and relationship satisfaction. Journal of Scientific Psychology, 39-48.
  • Showers, C. J., Limke, A., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2004). Self-structure and self-change: Applications to psychological treatment. Behavior Therapy, 35, 167-184.
  • Showers, C. J., Zeigler-Hill, V., & Limke, A. (2006). Self-structure and childhood maltreatment: Successful compartmentalization and the struggle of integration. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 25, 473-507.
  • Squire, A. J., Limke, A., & Jones, P. C. (2013). Unequal treatment by mothers and fathers matters differently for daughters and sons. Marriage and Family Review, 49, 135-147.

Other Publications:

  • Showers, C. J., & Limke, A. (2006). Organization of partner knowledge: Implications for liking, loving, longevity, and change. In K. D. Vohs & E. J. Finkel (Eds.), Self and relationships: Connecting intrapersonal and interpersonal processes (pp. 177-192). New York: Guilford Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Statistics: SPSS
  • Behavior Forensics
  • Biological Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Psychology and Law
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Theories of Personality
  • Writing for Psychology

Alicia Limke-McLean
Department of Psychology
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Dr.
Edmond, Oklahoma 73034
United States

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