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Donn Byrne

Donn Byrne

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Donn Byrne is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He previously held faculty positions at the California State University--San Francisco, the University of Texas, and Purdue University and the position of visiting professor at the University of Hawaii and Stanford University. At various times he served as the Chair of Albany's Psychology Department, the Head of the Social-Personality Program at Purdue and at Albany, and a member of Surgeon General Koop's Workshop on Pornography and Health. A past president of the Midwestern Psychological Association and of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, he is a Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and is a Charter Fellow of the American Psychological Society.

Professor Byrne has published more than 140 articles in professional journals and 33 chapters in edited volumes. He is the author or co-author of 14 books including several leading textbooks. His current research focuses on such core topics as (1) the effect of adult attachment patterns on interpersonal relationships, (2) dispositional predictors of coercive sexual behavior, and (3) the evolutionary significance of responsiveness to similarity and dissimilarity.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Gender Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation


Journal Articles:

  • Byrne, D. (1992). The transition from controlled laboratory experimentation to less controlled settings: Surprise! Additional variables are operative. Communication Monographs, 59, 190-198.
  • Smith, E. R., Byrne, D., Becker, M. A., & Przybyla, D. P. J. (1993). Sexual attitudes of males and females as predictors of interpersonal attraction and marital compatibility. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 23, 1011-1034.

Other Publications:

  • Byrne, D., & Neuman, J. H. (1992). The implications of attraction research for organizational issues. In K. Kelley (Ed.), Issues, theory, and research in industrial/organizational psychology (pp. 29-70). Amsterdam: North Holland.

Donn Byrne
Department of Psychology
University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12222
United States

  • Phone: (518) 442-4857
  • Fax: (518) 442-4867

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