Assistant Director, Survey Research Center
Sadie Leder joined the High Point University family in the Fall 2010. In addition to working as the Assistant Director of High Point University’s Survey Research Center, she is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department. Dr. Leder is originally from Whiteville, North Carolina and earned a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing her M.A. in Experimental Psychology at Wake Forest University, Dr. Leder earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University at Buffalo, SUNY.
Before arriving at High Point University, Dr. Leder supervised a research lab investigating the interpersonal dynamics of romantic relationships. Her assignments included the recruitment and data collection for a five-year longitudinal study of over 300 newlywed couples. In addition, she developed research instruments, managed a staff of undergraduate research assistants, analyzed data, and collaborated on publications resulting from the project.
Dr. Leder’s research interests focus on social psychology, specifically on the study of close relationships. A focal point of her work is the examination of how people balance competing desires for closeness and self-protection again rejection in romantic relationships. This line of research has evolved to examine a number of relationship phenomena, including partner selection choices, the expression of romantic love, and relationship rekindling. Her teaching interests include Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, and the Psychology of Close Relationships.