My research focuses on understanding the formation, maintenance, and functions of personal relationships during adulthood. My work in recent years has been influenced by attachment theory and recent conceptualizations of responsiveness in relationships. Specifically, I have been investigating the mechanisms by which close relationships influence relational and psychological well-being as well as physical health over time (e.g., Ong, Gardner, Urganci, Gunaydin, & Selcuk, 2020; Selcuk, Gunaydin, Ong, & Almeida, 2016; Selcuk & Ong, 2013; Selcuk, Stanton, Slatcher, & Ong, 2017; Selcuk, Zayas, Gunaydin, & Hazan, 2012; Slatcher & Selcuk, 2017; Slatcher, Selcuk, & Ong, 2015; Stanton, Selcuk, Farrell, Slatcher, & Ong, 2019; Tasfiliz, Selcuk, Gunaydin, Slatcher, Corriero, & Ong, 2018). In a second and related line of work, I am interested in understanding how marital processes influence parenting (Kocak Mouratidis, Ucanok, Selcuk, & Davies, 2020; Selcuk et al., 2010). All of these studies focused on established, long-term partnerships. Another research program, in collaboration with Gul Gunaydin, has focused on understanding factors influencing relationship formation and mate selection (e.g., Gunaydin, Selcuk, & Hazan, 2013; Gunaydin, Selcuk, Yilmaz, & Hazan, 2018; Gunaydin, Selcuk, & Zayas, 2017; Gunaydin, Zayas, Selcuk, & Hazan, 2012).  Although the majority of research projects I have been involved in focused on romantic or family relationships, work in collaboration with Omri Gillath examined how adults manage their broader social networks including friendships (Gillath, Johnson, Selcuk, & Teel, 2011; Gillath, Karantzas, & Selcuk, 2017). Finally, in recent studies my colleagues and I have started investigating factors influencing well-being in daily life. (Bayraktaroglu, Gunaydin, Selcuk, & Ong, 2019; Gunaydin, Selcuk, & Ong, 2016).

Research Awards

Young Scientist Award (BAGEP). Science Academy, Turkey. (2020).
*Cigdem Kagitcibasi BAGEP Social Psychology Award

Early Career Researcher Award. Middle East Technical University. (2018).

Best Paper Award. Society for Personality and Social Psychology Relationship Researchers Interest Group. (2013).

Research Fellowships and Grants

Examining sources of variation in perceived partner responsiveness. Sabanci University. Grant amount: TL 99,072. Role: Principal Investigator. (March 26th, 2020-March 25th, 2022).

The role of responsiveness variability and average responsiveness in relational outcomes. The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Grant amount: TL 596,173. Role: Investigator. (November 1st, 2018-October 31st, 2021).

Formation and development of attachment mental representations in adulthood. The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Grant amount: TL 262,087. Role: Investigator. (May 1st, 2015-April 1st, 2018).

Developing a game engine for mobile devices to increase social interactions. The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Grant amount: TL 397,098. Role: Consultant. (May 1st, 2015-November 1st, 2016).

Research infrastructure improvement grant. Middle East Technical University. Grant amount: TL 200,000. Role: Investigator. (January 1st, 2016-December 31st, 2016).

The role of maternal responsiveness in children’s self-regulation in the first year of life. Middle East Technical University. Grant amount: TL 19,755.60. Role: Principal Investigator. (January 1st, 2015-December 31st, 2015).

Harold Feldman, Flemmie Kittrell, Virginia Cutler, Esther Stocks, and Flora Rose Fellowships. Cornell University College of Human Ecology. Fellowship amount: $53,331. (2012-2013).

Graduate Studies Fellowship. Higher Education Council of Turkey. Fellowship amount: $173,563 (2008-2012).

Visiting Researcher Fellowship. Fulbright Commission of Turkey. Fellowship amount: $27,500 (2007-2008).