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C. (Chip) Raymond Knee

C. (Chip) Raymond Knee

Professor Knee is interested in the ways that individuals' "implicit theories" of relationships influence how they perceive, initiate, and maintain romantic relationships; the nature and function of self-esteem that is contingent upon one's relationship; the benefits of feeling self-determined and autonomous rather than fake and coerced in one's relationship; and optimal self-expression and self-regulation in close relationships .

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Close Relationships
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Self and Identity

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Journal Articles:

  • Knee, C. R. (1998). Implicit theories of relationships: Assessment and prediction of romantic relationship initiation, coping, and longevity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74(2), 360-370.
  • Knee, C. R., Canevello, A., Bush, A. L., & Cook, A. (2008). Relationship-contingent self-esteem and the ups and downs of romantic relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 608-627.
  • Knee, C.R., Lonsbary, C., Canevello, A., & Patrick, H. (2005). Self-determination and conflict in romantic relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 997-1009.
  • Knee, C. R., Nanayakkara, A., Vietor, N., Neighbors, C., & Patrick, H. (2001). Implicit theories of relationships: Who cares if romantic partners are less than ideal? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27(7), 808-819.
  • Knee, C. R., Patrick, H., & Lonsbary, C. (2003). Implicit theories of relationships: Orientations toward evaluation and cultivation. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 7(1), 41-55.
  • Knee, C. R., Patrick, H., Vietor, N. A., Nanayakkara, A., & Neighbors, C. (2002). Self-determination as growth motivation in romantic relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28(5), 609-619.
  • Knee, C. R., Patrick, H., Vietor, N. A., & Neighbors, C. (2004). Implicit theories of relationships: Moderators of the link between conflict and commitment. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30(5), 617-628.
  • Neighbors, C., & Knee, C. R. (2004). Self-determination and the impact of social comparison information. Journal of Research in Personality, 37(6), 529-546.
  • Neighbors, C., Vietor, N. A., & Knee, C. R. (2002). A motivational model of driving anger and aggression. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28(3), 324-335.
  • Patrick, H., Knee, C. R., Canevello, A., & Lonsbary, C. (2007). The role of need fulfillment in relationship functioning and well-being: A self-determination perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 434-457.
  • Patrick, H., Neighbors, C., & Knee, C. R. (2004). Appearance-related social comparisons: The role of contingent self-esteem and self-perceptions of attractiveness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30(4), 501-514.
  • Uysal, A., Lin, H. L., & Knee, C. R. (2010). The role of need satisfaction in self- concealment and well-being. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 187-199.
  • Uysal, A., Lin, H. L., Knee, C. R., & Bush, A. (2012). The association between self-concealment from one's partner and relationship well-being. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 39-51.
  • Wickham, R. E., & Knee, C. R. (2012). Where theory and method converge: Interdependence theory and the actor-partner interdependence model. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 6(4), 375-393.
  • Zuckerman, M., Knee, C. R., Kieffer, S., & Gagne, M. (2004). What individuals believe they can and cannot do: Explorations of realistic and unrealistic control beliefs. Journal of Personality Assessment, 82, 215-232.

Other Publications:

  • Hodgins, H. S., & Knee, C.R. (2002). The integrating self and conscious experience. In E. L. Deci & R. M. Ryan (Eds.), Handbook of self-determination research. University of Rochester Press.
  • Knee, C. R., & Canevello, A. (2006). Implicit theories of relationships and coping in romantic relationships. In K. Vohs & E. Finkel (Eds.), Self and relationships: Connecting intrapersonal and interpersonal processes. Guilford.
  • Knee, C. R., Porter, B., & Rodriguez, L. (in press). Self-determination and regulation of conflict in romantic relationships. In N. Weinstein (Ed.), Integrating human motivation and interpersonal relationships: Theory, research, and application. Springer.
  • Knee, C. R., & Uysal, A. (2010). The role of autonomy in promoting healthy dyadic, familial, and parenting relationships across cultures. In Chirkov, V., Ryan, R. M., & Sheldon, K. (Eds.), Human autonomy in cross-cultural context: Cross-cultural advancements in positive psychology. 95-110. Springer Science and Business Media.

Courses Taught:

  • History and Theories of Social Psychology (Grad)
  • Human Motivation (Grad)
  • Human Motivation (Honors)
  • Introduction to Social Psychology (Undergrad)
  • Persuasion and Behavior (Honors)
  • Professional Development (Grad)
  • Social Psychology Methodology (Grad)
  • Social Psychology of Close Relationships (Honors)

C. (Chip) Raymond Knee
Department of Psychology
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-5022
United States

  • Phone: (713) 743-8524
  • Fax: (713) 743-8588

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