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Everett Waters

Everett Waters

Everett Waters earned his Ph.D. from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota in 1977. He is engaged in a wide range of research on attachment relationships from infancy through adulthood. This work focuses on direct observations of secure base behavior in naturalistic and laboratory settings, and on the mental representations of experience in secure base relationships. Recent studies have examined parent-child and marital relationships over periods of 10-20 years. Current work is focused on understanding the cognitive structure of attachment representations.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Social Cognition

Research Group or Laboratory:


  • Ainsworth, M., Blehar, M., Waters, E., & Wall, S. (1978). Patterns of attachment. Hillsdale, NJ.: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates.
  • Bretherton, I., & Waters, E. (Eds.). (1985). Growing points in attachment theory and research. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 50, nos. 1-2.
  • Grossmann, K. E., Grossmann, K., & Waters, E. (Eds.). (2006). Attachment from infancy to adulthood: The major longitudinal studies. New York: Guilford.
  • Waters, E., Vaughn, B., Posada, G., & Kondo-Ikemura, K. (Eds.). (1995). Caregiving, cultural, and cognitive perspectives on secure-base behavior and working models: New growing points of attachment theory and research. With Commentary by Christoph M. Heinicke and Inge Bretherton. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 1995, 60(2-3, Serial No. 244).

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Courses Taught:

  • Adult Personality Theory and Research
  • Advanced Personality Theory
  • Advanced Social Development
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Correlation, Regression, and Multivariate Methods
  • Introductory Child Psychology
  • Personality Development
  • Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives on Trust
  • Psychometric Methods and Test Construction
  • Social Attachment
  • Social Development
  • Tests and Measures

Everett Waters
Department of Psychology
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York 11794-2500
United States

  • Work: (631) 632-7845
  • Home: (631) 751-2214

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