Amanda Vicary

Amanda Vicary

Associate Professor of Psychology


PhD., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A., Bradley University


Area of Study

Social Psychology


Research Interests

Attachment theory and romantic relationships; attraction
Crime, violence, and aggression
Internet/Facebook use


Classes Taught at IWU

Introduction to Social Psychology
Psychology of Gender
Social Influences on Crime, Serial Killers, and the Justice System


Representative Publications 

(see website for complete list and pdfs)

Vicary, A. M. (2011). Mortality salience and namesaking: Does thinking about death make people want to name their children after themselves? Journal of Research in Personality, 45, 138-141.

Fraley, R. C., Vicary, A. M. , Brumbaugh, C. C., & Roisman, G. I. (2011). Patterns of stability in adult attachment: An empirical test of two models of continuity and change. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 974-992.

Vicary, A. M., & Fraley, R. C. (2010). Student reactions to the shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University: Does sharing grief and support over the Internet affect recovery? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36 , 1555-1563.

Vicary, A. M., & Fraley, R.C. (2010). Captured by True Crime: Why are women drawn to tales of rape, murder, and serial killers? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1 , 81-86.

Vicary, A. M., & Fraley, R. C. (2007). Choose your own adventure: Attachment dynamics in a simulated relationship. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 1279-1291.


Recent Media Coverage

Grieving on Facebook can provide temporary relief. The Huffington Post
Facebook Use Consoles Students After Campus Shootings, Temporarily. The Chronicle of Higher Education


For more information, please see Amanda Vicary's personal page