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Dr. Carrie Bredow
Assistant Professor of Psychology


  • B.S. in Psychology and Family Studies from Central Michigan University, 2005
  • M.A. in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, 2008
  • Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, 2012

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology of Romantic Relationships
  • Psychology of Gender

Research and Professional Interests

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Adult Romantic Relationships
  • Standards for a Marriage Partner
  • Marital Forecasting and Decision-Making
  • Gender and Relationships
  • Gender and Work-Life Balance

Brief Biography

Carrie Bredow arrived at Hope College in the fall of 2012. Stemming from her interdisciplinary training, her research interests lie at the interface of social cognition and the development of romantic relationships. Carrie is particularly interested in examining how unmarried individuals’ criteria for a marriage partner interact with other factors in the mate selection process to influence their attitudes toward marriage, their dating behaviors, and, ultimately, their marital outcomes. In addition to this line of work, Carrie researches gender differences in the ways that people show love in romantic relationships and is involved in several other cross-disciplinary projects.

Carrie and her husband Andrew have two daughters, Ellery and Alexis, who were born in November 2010. For recreation, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing board games, reading, and singing.

Contact Information

Dr. Carrie A. Bredow
Hope College Psychology Department
35 E. 12th Street
Holland, MI 49422-9000
phone: 616-395-7254
fax: 616-395-7163