Dr. Blair’s research examines the social determinants of health throughout the lifespan, specifically within the context of social relationships. Drawing on intersections between developmental, social, LGBTQ and health psychology, Dr. Blair’s work focuses on questions related to how individuals and their romantic relationships falter or thrive within broader social networks of friends, family and society at large. Relying on a variety of research methodologies (e.g., daily diaries, online survey, physiological measurements, longitudinal studies), Dr. Blair investigates how concepts such as social support, social prejudices and shared affection contribute to the relational, sexual, mental and physical health of individuals of diverse sexual and gender identities. Additional interests include the History of Psychology/Social Sciences and applying social psychological principles to the understanding of historical events (e.g., the Holocaust).
Assistant Professor of Psychology