Eastern Michigan University
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Chong Man Chow

Associate Professor

Dr. Chow 2018 361 A Science Complex




  • B.A. (Psychology), University of Memphis – 2005
  • M.A. (Psychological Sciences), University of Texas at Dallas – 2008
  • Ph.D. (Psychological Sciences) University of Texas at Dallas – 2011

Interests and Expertise

My research interests revolve around friendships and romantic relationships among adolescents and young adults. My first line of research focuses on how relationship quality is built upon the social support exchanges (e.g., coping, support) between two partners (or friends). I am especially interested in how two members mutually influence each other's coping and support behaviors, and how different pairings of coping-support patterns are important for relationship quality. My second line of research focuses on the development of adolescents’ and emerging adults' body image in the context of friendships and romantic relationships. Specifically, I am interested in how fat talk, or excessive discussion of body related concerns, may contribute to heighten body image problems experienced by two members in close relationships. My third line of research focuses on attachment theory. Specifically, I am interested in the development of attachment styles over time, and how attachment styles may influence adolescents’ and emerging adults’ adaptability to stress.

In addition, I have strong interests in applied statistics, including Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM), to dyadic and longitudinal data. Most of my existing work has utilized these techniques to address questions involving various dyadic phenomena (e.g., Actor-Partner Interdependence Model) and longitudinal changes (e.g., Latent Growth Curve Model).

I am currently teaching statistics courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Selected Publications

Chow, C. M., Tan, C., & Buhrmester, D. (in press). Interdependence of Depressive Symptoms, School Involvement, and Academic Performance between Adolescent Friends: A Dyadic Analysis. British Journal of Educational Psychology. PDF

Chow, C. M., Ruhl, H. B., & Buhrmester, D. (in press). Romantic relationships and psychological distress among adolescents: Moderating role of friendship closeness. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. PDF

Chow, C. M., & Tan, C. (in press). Young adult males' weight status and body image: Moderating role of friend's BMI and negative appearance conversation. Journal of Health Psychology. PDF

Chow, C. M., Ruhl, H. B., & Buhrmester, D. (in press). Reciprocal associations between adolescents’ friendship representations and experiences of exclusion and intimacy. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. PDF

Tan, C., & Chow, C. M. (2014). Weight status and depression: Moderating role of fat talk between female friends. Journal of Health Psychology, 19, 1320-1328. PDF

Chow, C., & Ruhl, H. (2014). Friendship and romantic stressors and depression in emerging adulthood: Mediating and moderating roles of attachment representations. Journal of Adult Development, 21, 106-115. PDF

Tan, C., & Chow, C. (2014). Stress and emotional eating: The mediating role of eating dysregulation. Personality and Individual Differences, 66, 1-4. PDF

Wiebe, D. J., Chow, C., Palmer, D., Butner, J., Osborn, P., Berg, C. A. (2014).  Developmental processes associated with longitudinal declines in parental responsibility and adherence to Type 1 diabetes management across adolescence. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39, 532-541. PDF

Chow, C., Buhrmester, D., & Tan, C. (2014). Interpersonal coping styles and couple relationship quality: Similarity versus complementary hypotheses. European Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 175-186. PDF

Chow, C., Ruhl, H., & Buhrmester, D. (2013). The mediating role of interpersonal competence between adolescents' empathy and friendship quality: A dyadic approach. Journal of Adolescence36, 191-200. PDF

Chow, C., & Buhrmester, D. (2011). Interdependent patterns of coping and support among close friends. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships,28, 684 - 706. PDF

Chow, C., Roelse, H. B., Buhrmester, D., & Underwood, M. K. (2011). Transformations in friend relationships across the transition into adulthood. In B. Laursen & W. A. Collins (Eds.), Relationship pathways: From adolescence to young adulthood (pp. 91-113). Sage Press. PDF

Lab Contacts and Relevant Information

Lab location: 352F & G Science Complex 


I am now accepting undergraduate and graduate research assistants. Please contact me for further information.