Dr. Ximena Arriaga

Ximena Arriaga is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. She completed a B.A. degree from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue University, she was a faculty member at Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Arriaga studies relationships. Her current work examines how romantic relationships can be leveraged to help people overcome tendencies to be anxious or avoidant around others. She also examines aggression in relationships, pinpointing when and how people may not notice they are being harmed. She involves many students as co-authors on publications. Her research is having an impact, has been recognized with several awards, and has been funded by federal units (National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health) and private foundations.

Dr. Arriaga has also won awards for her teaching. Students actually enjoy taking statistics with her. She also does a lot of service for her field, including Associate Editorships (Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Personal Relationships) and serving on editorial boards (for example, serving continuously since 2003 on the board for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology). She has held elected and appointed positions in several leading professional organizations, and is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Midwestern Psychological Association, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Basically, she doesn’t sleep.

In addition to doing research, teaching, and professional service, Dr. Arriaga has dedicated significant time and effort to creating a positive and supportive climate at Purdue. She was a Provost Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion, working closely with Purdue's Provost and campus leadership. She formed and has led the Purdue Acceptance and Inclusion Consortium, which has the primary mission of promoting rigorous, interdisciplinary research on issues of belonging versus marginalization, which fundamentally guide what people do.