NICOLE BARBARO, M.S., ABD

I received my  MS in Psychology from Oakland University in 2017 under a Graduate Fellowship funded by the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative. I am currently a PhD candidate in psychology at Oakland University, studying under the advisement of Dr. Todd K. Shackelford (expected graduation in April 2020).

 

My research program centers on human development, with a particular focus on applications of evolutionary theory and behavior genetics to understand psychological, behavioral, and social outcomes across the lifespan. Current lines of research are investigating (1) variables impacting variation of pubertal maturation in girls; (2) the development, function, and consequences of romantic attachments in adulthood; and (3) the extent to which parenting impacts psychosocial outcomes across development.

I have published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, chapters, and professional publications in outlets such as, Evolution & Human Behavior, Human Nature, Psychological Bulletin, and Journal of Comparative Psychology, and have given more than 25 conference presentations.

I have taught courses on introductory psychology, lifespan development, human sexuality, and evolutionary theory, for which I received university-wide recognition for excellence in teaching

I am an active member of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), currently serving as the Communications Officer of the Executive Council for HBES. During my tenure on the HBES Executive Council, I initiated the Statistics & Methods Workshop Series to promote interdisciplinary training in specialized methods for HBES members. I also currently serve as a Review Editor for the journal, Frontiers in Psychology Evolutionary Psychology.

 

 RESEARCH

 

Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Atari, M., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2019). Romantic attachment and mate retention behavior: The mediating role of perceived risk of partner infidelity. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36, 940-956.

Barbaro, N., Boutwell, B. B., Barnes, J. C., & Shackelford, T. K. (2017). Genetic confounding of the relationship between father absence and age at menarche. Evolution and Human Behavior, 38, 357-365.

Barbaro, N., Boutwell, B. B., Barnes, J. C., & Shackelford, T. K. (2017). Rethinking the transmission gap: What behavioral genetics and evolutionary psychology mean for attachment theory. A comment on Verhage et al. (2016). Psychological Bulletin, 143, 107-113.

In press  |  2019  |  2018  |  2017  | 2016  |  2015 

In Press

​​Sela, Y. & Barbaro, N. (in press). Selected to kill in his name: Evolutionary perspectives on religiously-motivated violence. In T. K. Shackelford & J. Liddle (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology and Religion. New York: Oxford University Press. PDF

 

2019

Barbaro, N., Boutwell, B. B., & Shackelford, T. K. (2019). Associations between attachment anxiety and intimate partner violence perpetration and victimization: Consideration of genetic covariation. Personality and Individual Differences, 147, 332-343.​​​ PDF

​​Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Atari, M., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2019). Romantic attachment and mate retention behavior: The mediating role of perceived risk of partner infidelity. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36, 940-956. PDF

Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Lopes, G. S., & Shackelford, T. K. (2019). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Coalitional Mate Retention Inventory (CMRI) and evidence for two superordinate domains. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 35, 614-627. PDF

Barbaro, N. & Shackelford, T. K. (2019). Environmental unpredictability in childhood is associated with anxious romantic attachment and intimate partner violence perpetration. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 34, 240-269. PDF

Barbaro, N., Shackelford, T. K., Holub, A. M., Jeffery, A. J., Lopes, G. S., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2019). Life history correlates of human (Homo sapiens) ejaculate quality. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 133, 294-300. PDF

2018

​​Barbaro, N., Holub, A. M., & Shackelford, T. K. (2018). Associations of attachment anxiety and avoidance with male- and female-perpetrated sexual coercion in romantic relationships. Violence and Victims, 33, 1072-1087. PDF

Barbaro, N., Mogilski, J. K., Shackelford, T. K., & Pham, M. N. (2018). Men’s interest in allying with a previous combatant for future group combat. Human Nature, 29,  328-336. PDF

Barbaro, N., Parkhill, M. R., & Nguyen, D. (2018). Anxious and hostile: Consequences of anxious adult attachment in predicting male perpetrated sexual assault. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 33, 2098-2117. PDF

Orehek, E., Forest, A. L., & Barbaro, N. (2018). A people-as-means approach to interpersonal relationships. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 13, 373-389. PDF

Pham, M. N., Barbaro, N., Holub, A. M., Holden, C. J., Mogilski, J. K., Lopes, G. S., Nicolas, S. C. A., Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., Zeigler-Hill, V. & Welling, L. L. M. (2018). Do men produce higher-quality ejaculates when primed with thoughts of partner infidelity? Evolutionary Psychology, 16, 1-7. DOI: 10.1177/1474704918757551 PDF

​​Sela, Y. & Barbaro, N. (2018). Evolutionary perspectives on personality and individual differences. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Personality and Individual Differences: Volume 1. The Science of Personality and Individual Differences (pp. 203-228). London: SAGE. PDF

2017

Atari, M., Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., & Chegeni, R. (2017). Consideration of cosmetic surgery as part of women's Benefit-Provisioning mate retention strategy. Frontiers in Psychology: Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience, 8. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01389 PDF

Atari, M., Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., & Chegeni, R. (2017). The Big Five personality dimensions and mate retention behaviors in Iran. Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 286-290. PDF

Atari, M., Barbaro, N., Shackelford, T. K., & Chegeni, R. (2017). Psychometric evaluation and cultural correlates of the Mate Retention Inventory-Short Form (MRI-SF) in Iran. Evolutionary Psychology, 15, 1-11. DOI: 10.1177/1474704917695267 PDF

Barbaro, N., Boutwell, B. B., Barnes, J. C., & Shackelford, T. K. (2017). Genetic confounding of the relationship between father absence and age at menarche. Evolution and Human Behavior, 38, 357-365. PDF

​​Barbaro, N., Boutwell, B. B., Barnes, J. C., & Shackelford, T. K. (2017). Rethinking the transmission gap: What behavioral genetics and evolutionary psychology mean for attachment theory. A comment on Verhage et al. (2016). Psychological Bulletin, 143, 107-113. PDF

​​Barbaro, N. & Shackelford, T. K. (2017). Dimensions of environmental risk are unique theoretical constructs. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, 12-13. PDF

 

Boutwell, B. B., Connolly, E. J., Barbaro, N., Shackelford, T. K., Petkovsek, M., & Beaver, K. (2017). On the genetic and environmental reasons why intelligence correlates with criminal victimization. Intelligence, 62, 155-166 . PDF

DeLecce, T., Barbaro, N., Mohamedally, D., & Shackelford, T. K. (2017). Husband’s reaction to his wife’s sexual rejection is predicted by the time she spends with her male friends, but not her male coworkers. Evolutionary Psychology, 15, 1-5. DOI: 10.1177/1474704917705062 PDF

Lopes, G. S., Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Jeffery, A. J., Pham, M. N., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2017). Endorsement of social and personal values predicts the desirability of men and women as long-term partners. Evolutionary Psychology, 15. DOI: 10.1177/1474704917742384 PDF

Pham, M. N., Barbaro, N., Mogilski, J. K., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2017). Post-fight respect signals valuations of opponent’s fighting performance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 407-417. PDF

Pham, M, N., Barbaro, N., Noser, A. E., Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., Zeigler-Hill, V., Weege, B., & Fink, B. (2017). Dishonest individuals request more frequent mate retention from friends. Personal Relationships, 24, 102-113. PDF

2016

Barbaro, N., Pham, M. N., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2016). Insecure romantic attachment dimensions and frequency of mate retention behaviors. Personal Relationships, 23, 605-618. PDF

 

Barbaro, N., & Pickett, S. M. (2016). Mindfully green: Examining the effect of connectedness to nature on the relationship between mindfulness and engagement in pro-environmental behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 93, 137-142. PDF

Barbaro, N. & Shackelford, T. K. (2016). Female-directed violence as a form of sexual coercion in humans (Homo sapiens). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 130, 321-327. PDF

Barbaro, N., Shackelford, T. K., & Weekes-Shackelford, V. (2016). Mothers and fathers perform more mate retention behaviors than individuals without children. Human Nature, 27, 316-333. PDF

 

Pickett, S. M., Barbaro, N., & Mello, D. (2016). The relationship between subjective sleep disturbance, sleep quality, and emotion regulation difficulties in a sample of college students reporting trauma exposure. Psychological Trauma, 8, 25-33. PDF

 

2015

Barbaro, N., Pham, M. N., & Shackelford, T. K. (2015). Solving the problem of partner infidelity: Individual mate retention, coalitional mate retention, and in-pair copulation frequency. Personality and Individual Differences, 82, 67-71. PDF

 

Barbaro, N., Pham, M. N., & Shackelford, T. K. (2015). Sperm competition risk and sexual coercion predict copulatory duration in humans. Evolutionary Psychology, 13. DOI: 10.1177/1474704915618411 PDF

 

Barbaro, N., Pickett, S. M., & Parkhill, M. R. (2015). Environmental attitudes mediate the link between need for cognition and pro-envirionmental goal choice. Personality and Individual Differences, 75, 220-223. PDF

 

Pham, M. N., Barbaro, N., Mogliski, J. K., & Shackelfrod, T. K. (2015). Coalitional mate retention is correlated positively with friendship quality involving women, but negatively with male-male friendship quality.  Personality and Individual Differences, 79, 87-90. PDF

 

Pham, M. N., Barbaro, N., & Shackelford, T. K. (2015). Development and initial validation of the coalitional mate retention inventory. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 1, 4-12. PDF

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

COURSES

Introduction to Psychology

Lifespan Development

Human Sexuality

 
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