Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Psychology

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Kendell C. Thornton, PhD
Teaching Assistant Professor

Office: Rawl 113
Phone: 252-328-6498
Fax: 252-328-6283

Mailing Address:

104 Rawl Building
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353


PhD, The University of Kansas
MS, The University of Montana
BA, The University of Idaho

Research Interests: Dr. Thornton has investigated the cognitive dynamics underlying motivations and emotions related to interactions and relationships between couples. His current research interests include self-esteem, self-concept, and embarrassment within the dynamics of close relationships.

Selected publications in peer refereed journals:

Thornton, K.C. (2012). Relationship Paradox: The spiritual quest for union and freedom. Hauppauge, NY: NOVA Science Publishers, Inc. (Hardcover).

Thornton, K.C. (2007). Relationship closeness and embarrassment. Individual Differences Research, 5, 81-85.

Thornton, K.C. (2004). Self-esteem protection within a close relationship. Individual Differences Research, 2, 184-196.

Thornton, K.C. (2003). When the Source of Embarrassment is a Close Other. Individual Differences Research, 1, 189-200.