Tara Marshall


Room: Marie Jahoda Room 114
Brunel University London
Uxbridge, UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 267096
Email: tara.marshall@brunel.ac.uk
Web: Personal Website



  • PhD Psychology (University of Toronto)
  • MA Psychology (University of Toronto)
  • BA Psychology (Queen’s University)

Personal Biography

I received my BA in Psychology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1998. I then went on to complete my MA and PhD at the University of Toronto, where my dissertation research focused on cultural variation in romantic relationships. After graduating, I conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Tokyo and at the University of Western Ontario, where I further pursued my interests in cross-cultural psychology and in attachment styles in romantic relationships. I joined the Psychology Department at Brunel University London as a Lecturer in January 2009.


Research Overview

My research examines the influence of culture, gender, and attachment styles on romantic relationships. Recently, my studies have investigated several topics: the influence of attachment security on the acculturation and adjustment of cultural newcomers to the United Kingdom; the role of social networking websites (particularly Facebook) within romantic relationships; experiences of distress and personal growth following relationship breakups; reactions to romantic rejection threats; and cultural differences in gender-role traditionalism, self-disclosure, and romantic intimacy.

Member, Centre for Culture and Evolutionary Psychology


Current Projects

Attachment styles as predictors of personal growth following relationship breakups
2011 - 2012
Tara Marshall (PI)

Facebook surveillance of former romantic partners
2011 - 2012
Tara Marshall (PI)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Attachment styles as predictors of consumption relationships
2011 - 2012
Tara Marshall (CI) with M. Thomson and A. Johnson (Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario)


Recently Completed Projects

Brunel Research Initiative and Enterprise Fund
The influence of attachment security on the acculturation and adjustment of cultural migrants to the United Kingdom
2010 - 2011
Tara Marshall (PI)

Attachment styles as predictors of Facebook jealousy and surveillance in romantic relationships
2010 - 2011
Tara Marshall (PI)

Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science
Experiences of amae in Japanese romantic relationships
2006 - 2010
Tara Marshall (PI)


PhD Supervision

Kathrine Bejanyan: Cultural and parental influences on mate choice; 2011 - 2014

Gaia Di Castro: Experiences of integration in the United Kingdom; 2009 - 2013

Nelli Ferenczi: Marginalisation experiences in multicultural individuals; 2011 - 2014


Undergraduate Programmes

Module contributor

  • Individual & Social Processes (Year 1)

Postgraduate Programmes

Module convenor

  • Cross-Cultural Variations in Psychological Findings II
  • Cross-Cultural Research Methods

Module contributor

  • Cross-Cultural Variations in Psychological Findings I


  • Co-Chair of the Psychology Research Ethics Committee

External Activity


Journal Papers

(2015)  Ferenczi, N. , Marshall, TC.  and Bejanyan, K. , The protective and detrimental effects of self-construal on perceived rejection from heritage culture members, Frontiers in Psychology 6 Download publication

(2015)  Bejanyan, K. , Marshall, T.  and Ferenczi, N. , Associations of collectivism with relationship commitment, passion, and mate selection: Opposing roles of parental influence and family allocentrism, PLOS ONE 2e0117374 Download publication

(2014)  Ferenczi, N.  and Marshall, T. , Meeting the expectations of your heritage culture: Links between attachment style, intragroup marginalisation, and psychological adjustment, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships Download publication

(2014)  Bejanyan, K. , Marshall, T.  and Ferenczi, N. , Romantic ideals, mate preferences, and anticipation of future difficulties in marital life: a comparative study of young adults in India and America, Frontiers in Psychology 51355 Download publication

(2013)  Marshall, TC. , Bejanyan, K. , Ferenczi, N. , Marshall, TC. , et al. , Attachment styles and personal growth following romantic breakups: The mediating roles of distress, rumination, and tendency to rebound, PLoS ONE 8 (9)  : e75161- e75161 Download publication

(2013)  Ferenczi, N.  and Marshall, T. , Exploring attachment to the "homeland" and its association with heritage culture identification, PLoS One 8 (1)  : e53872 Download publication

(2013)  Marshall, TC. , Bejanyan, K. , Di Castro, G.  and Lee, RA. , Attachment styles as predictors of Facebook-related jealousy and surveillance in romantic relationships, Personal Relationships 20 1- 22 Download publication

(2012)  Marshall, TC. , Facebook surveillance of former romantic partners: Associations with post-breakup recovery and personal growth, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking 15 (10)  : 521- 526 Download publication

(2012)  Goodwin, R. , Marshall, T. , Fulop, M. , Adonu, J. , et al. , Mate value and self-esteem: Evidence from eight cultural groups, PLoS One 7 (4)  : e36106 Download publication

(2012)  MacDonald, G. , Marshall, T. , Gere, J. , Shimotomai, A.  and Lies, J. , Valuing romantic relationships: The role of family approval across cultures, Cross-Cultural Research: the journal of comparative social science 46 366- 393

(2012)  Marshall, TC. , Attachment and amae in Japanese romantic relationships, Asian Journal of Social Psychology 15 (2)  : 89- 100 Download publication

(2012)  Pinkus, RT. , Lockwood, PJ. , Marshall, TC.  and Yoon, HM. , Responses to comparisons in romantic relationships: Empathy, shared fate, and contrast, Personal Relationships 19 (1)  : 182- 201

(2011)  Campbell, LC.  and Marshall, TC. , Anxious attachment and relationship processes: An interactionist perspective, Journal of Personality 79 (6)  : 917- 947

(2011)  Marshall, TC. , Chuong, K.  and Aikawa, A. , Day-to-day experiences of amae in Japanese romantic relationships, Asian Journal of Social Psychology 14 (1)  : 26- 35 Download publication

(2010)  Marshall, TC. , Love at the cultural crossroads: Intimacy and commitment in Chinese Canadian relationships, Personal Relationships 17 (3)  : 391- 411 Download publication

(2008)  Marshall, TC. , Cultural differences in intimacy: The influence of gender-role ideology and individualism-collectivism, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 25 (1)  : 143- 168 Download publication

(2005)  Lockwood, PJ. , Marshall, TC.  and Sadler, P. , Promoting success or preventing failure: cultural differences in motivation by positive and negative role models, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 31 (3)  : 379- 392

(2004)  Tafarodi, RW. , Marshall, TC.  and Katsura, H. , Standing out in Canada and Japan, Journal of Personality 72 (4)  : 785- 814

(2003)  Tafarodi, RW. , Marshall, TC.  and Milne, AB. , Self-esteem and memory, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 84 (1)  : 29- 45

Book Chapters

(2010)  Marshall, TC. , Gender, peer relations, and intimate relationships. In: Chrisler, JC.  and McCreary, DR.  eds. Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology. New York, NY : Springer (Volume 2: Gender Research in Social and Applied Psychology, Part 4)  : 281- 310 Download publication

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