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Nancy BliwiseProfessor of PedagogyVice Provost for Academic Planning, Office of the Provost


Dr. Bliwise received her B.A. in Psychology from Cleveland State University in 1975 and her Ph.D. from the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago in 1982. She did a post-doctoral fellowship in aging and mental health at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute from 1982-1984 and joined the faculty in the Human Development and Aging Program at the University of California, San Francisco in 1984. She was an associate professor of psychology at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, California and a professor of psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology before joining the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Emory in 2000.

Dr. Bliwise is currently serving as the Vice Provost for Academic Planning in the Office of the Provost.


PSYC 385: Positive Psychology


Dr. Bliwise is not currently accepting students.

Research Interests

Adult attachment as a predictor of relationship functioning throughout the adult life course; clinical applications of attachment theory; statistical analysis of change.

Research Areas

LifeSpan Development

Adult attachment and intergenerational relations with emphasis on parent-child relationships in late life. The development of significant non-family relationships over the adult life span (e.g., friendship, mentor). Clinical applications of attachment theory, particularly the role of therapeutic alliance and intervention strategy in the treatment of clients seeking help for interpersonal problems. Cultural differences in attachment relationships.

Measurement and Statistics

Statistical analysis of change over time with a special emphasis on regression techniques - Cox proportional hazard models, random effects regression. Clinical application of techniques for measuring change.

Current Projects

  • The role of family and culture in important adult relationships.
  • Attachment style, network structure, and life satisfaction among college students.


Nowicki, S., Bliwise, N. G., Joinson, C. (2019).  The impact of children’s locus of control orientation and emotion recognition abilities at 8 years and teachers’ ratings of their personal and social difficulties at 10 years. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 43 (3), 381-396.

Johnson, B. N., & Bliwise, N. G. (2017). Your responses guide my actions: Decreased attachment anxiety through an online relationship-building paradigm. Interpersona, 11(1), 1-21.

Beck, C. W., & Bliwise, N. G. (2014). Interactions are critical. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 13(3), 371-372.

Plys, E. J., & Bliwise, N. G. (2013). Family Involvement and Well-being in Assisted Living. Senior Housing & Care, 23(1), 21-35.

Bliwise, D. L., Colrain, I.M., Swan, G. E., & Bliwise, N. G. (2010). Incident sleep disordered breathing in old age.  Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 65, 997-1003.

Payne, C., Machado, C. J., Bliwise, N. G., & Bachevalier, J. (2009). Maturation of the hippocampal formation and amygdale in Macaca mulatta:  A volumetric magnetic resonance imaging study. Hippocampus, EarlyView:

Burnett, G., Jones, R. A., Bliwise, N. G., & Ross, L. T. (2006). Family unpredictability, parental alcoholism, and the development of parentification. American Journal of Family Therapy, 34, 181-189.

Bliwise, N. G. (2005) Web-based tutorials for teaching introductory statistics:  Access and more.  Journal of Educational Computing Statistics, 33, 309-325.

Travis, L. A., Binder, J. L., Bliwise, N. G., & Horne-Moyer, L. (2001). Changes in clients' attachment styles over the course of time-limited dynamic psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 35(2), 149-159.

Bliwise, N. G. (1999). Securing attachment theory's potential. Feminism and Psychology, 9, 43-52.