Lucy Hunt, Ph.D.

Former Graduate Research Assistant

  • Texas A&M University, Social Psychology
  • University of Texas at Austin, Human Development and Family Sciences

Current position: Post-doctoral fellow at Purdue University, Department of Psychological Sciences; email:

About Lucy

Lucy received her doctorate in Human Development & Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. Her research interests include singlehood, interpersonal perception, and romantic relationship processes (e.g., initial attraction, pursuit, maintenance). Currently, she is assisting Dr. Ximena Arriaga at Purdue University on a study of attachment processes and a consortium promoting research devoted to acceptance and inclusion.


Hunt, L. L., Eastwick, P. W., & Finkel, E. J. (2015). Leveling the playing field: Acquaintance length predicts reduced assortative mating on attractiveness. Psychological Science, 26, 1046-1053.  [Download Article] [NYTimes]

Hunt, L. L., & Eastwick, P. W. (in press). The uniquely valuable mate. In L. Bormans (Ed.), The World Book of Love. Tielt, Belgium: Lannoo Publishers.

Eastwick, P. W. & Hunt, L. L. (2014). Relational mate value: Consensus and uniqueness in romantic evaluations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 728-751. [Download Article]

Eastwick, P. W., Luchies, L. B., Finkel, E. J, & Hunt, L. L. (2014). The predictive validity of ideal partner preferences: A review and meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 140, 623-665. [Download Article]

Eastwick, P. W., Luchies, L. B., Finkel, E. J, & Hunt, L. L. (2014). The many voices of Darwin's descendants: Reply to Schmitt (2014). Psychological Bulletin, 140, 673-681. [Download Article] [Commentary]

Eastwick, P. W., Neff, L. A., Finkel, E. J., Luchies, L. B., & Hunt, L. L. (2014). Is a meta-analysis a foundation or just another brick? Comment on Meltzer, McNulty, Jackson, & Karney (2014). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 429-434. [Download Article] [Original Article]

Eastwick, P. W., Hunt, L. L., & Neff, L. A. (2013). External validity, why art thou externally valid? Recent studies of attraction provide three theoretical answers. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 275-288. [Download Article]