Professor, Social Psychology; Director, MA in Psychology, Experimental Concentration
Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, Ohio University
M.A. in Experimental Psychology, SUNY Cortland
B.A. in Psychology, Siena College
Dr. Buckingham's dissertation focused on the effect of social comparisons on people's
evaluations of their abilities. Dr. Buckingham has been a professor at Towson since
Areas of Expertise
Graduate Research Seminars
Dr. Buckingham is a social psychologist who uses quantitative research to investigate
the psychology of the self. His research primarily focuses on how people deal with
threats to positive feelings about themselves. This includes research on topics such
as social comparison, self-esteem, and contingencies of self-worth.
Buckingham, J.T., Weber, A.M., & Sypher, A.K. (2012). Self-esteem and self-perpetuating effects of
threat on contingencies of self-worth. Self and Identity, 11, 360-385.
Smith LeBeau, L. & Buckingham, J. T. (2008). Relationship social comparison tendencies and relationship evaluation. Journal
of Social and Personal Relationships, 25, 71-86.
Jones, A. M., & Buckingham, J. T. (2005). Self-Esteem as a moderator of the effect of social comparison on women’s
body image. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 24, 1086-1109.
Buckingham, J. T., & Alicke, M. D. (2002). The influence of individual versus aggregate social comparison
and the presence of others on self-evaluations. Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology, 83, 1117-1130.