Faculty Experts - Patrick Markey, Ph.D.

Patrick Markey, Ph.D.

Patrick Markey, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Romantic Relationships
  • Sexual Behaviors
  • Violent Video Games
  • The Interpersonal Circumplex
  • On-line Interactions
  • Body Image


Often cited in popular media for insights into his two areas of research: how violent video games affect behavior; and relationship issues, Dr. Markey is a great source for stories that delve into interpersonal behaviors. He directs Villanova's Interpersonal Research Laboratory which seeks to understand how behavioral tendencies develop and are expressed within social relationships. Research in the lab examines how interpersonal behaviors affect unhealthy dieting, civic behavior, personality judgment, and aggression after playing violent video games.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
  • M.A., University of California, Riverside
  • B.A., California State University, Fullerton

Selected Publications

  • Markey, P. M., & Ferguson, C. J.  (2017).  Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong.  BenBella Books.
  • Markey, P. M., Markey, C. N., & French, J. E. (2015).  Violent video games and real world violence: Rhetoric versus data.  Psychology of Popular Media Culture.
  • Markey, P. M., & Markey, C. N.  (2013).  Seasonal variation in Internet keyword searches: A proxy assessment of sex and mating behaviors.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 515-521.
  • Markey, P. M., Markey, C.N., Nave, C., & August, K.  (2014).  Interpersonal problems and relationship quality: An examination of gay and lesbian romantic couples.  Journal of Research in Personality, 51, 1 – 8.
  • Markey, C.N., & Markey, P.M., "Sociocultural correlates of young women's interest in obtaining cosmetic surgery," Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 2009.
  • Ansell, E.B., Kurtz, J.E., & Markey, P.M., "Gender differences in interpersonal complementarity within roommate dyads," Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 502-512, 2008.
  • Markey, C.N., Gomel, J.N., & Markey, P.M., "Romantic relationships and eating regulation: An investigation of partners' attempts to control each others’ eating behaviors," Journal of Health Psychology, 2008.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
  • Lecturer in Psychology, University of California, Riverside
  • Adjunct Faculty, California State University, Fullerton
  • Associate in Psychology, University of California, Riverside

Selected Research

  • Villanova University Faculty Research Grant, "New Assessment of the Interpersonal Circumplex: The International Personality Item Pool – Interpersonal Circumplex (IPIP-IPC)," 2009.
  • Villanova University Faculty Research Grant, "Complementarity in Romantic Relationships: Psychological and Physical Well-Being," 2005.

About Villanova

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