María Alonso Ferres


I am Assistant Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid. My research focuses on analyzing the functioning of the most intimate interpersonal relationships, from a gender perspective. Specifically, in a dyadic way, we study how people influence their partner’s behavior, emotions, and perceptions; the individual and relationship factors that modulate these responses; and their subsequent consequences on health and well-being. More broadly, I am also interested in studying the impact of different macrosocial factors (e.g., social class, crisis…) on emotions, their variability, and regulation, as well as on psychological well-being. 

I have conducted research stays at Wayne State University (USA) and VU Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and taught different courses at the University of Granada and the University of Jaén (Spain).

Main interests

  • Dual processes in couple relationships.
  • Emotion and emotional regulation.
  • Interpersonal conflict resolution.
  • Individual and relationship factors that moderate their functioning (e.g., power, perceived responsiveness…).
  • Consequences of interpersonal relationships for health and well-being.


Training and professional career

2022 - Present

Assistant Professor

Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)


Postdoctoral Researcher

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & University of Granada


Temporary substitute lecturer

University of Jaén

2016 - 2021

PhD in Psychology

University of Granada

2019 - 2020

Master's in Methodology of Behavioral and Health Sciences


2015 - 2016

Master's in Psychology of Social Intervention

University of Granada

2011 - 2015

Degree in Psychology

University of Granada



Vecina, M.L., Alonso-Ferres, M., López-García, L., & Díaz-Silveira, C. (2024). Eco-Anxiety and Trust in Science in Spain: Two Paths to Connect Climate Change Perceptions and General Willingness for Environmental Behavior. Sustainability, 16, 3187.

Alonso-Ferres, M., Sáez, G., Garrido-Macías, M., Navarro-Carrillo, G., Serrano-Montilla, C.,  & Valor-Segura, I. (2024). Inclusion of the Partner in the Self and its Association with Relational Quality and Quality of Life: An Analysis Based on the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model. International Journal of Social Psychology, 39(1), 117-141.


Garrido-Macías, M. ., Herrera, A., Alonso-Ferres, M., & Herrera, M. C. (2023). Sexting Is Not Always Wanted: Consequences on Satisfaction and the Role of Sexual Coercion and Online Sexual Victimization.  Annals of Psychology, 39(3), 354–363.

Kroencke, L., Humberg, S., Breil, S. M., Geukes, K., Zoppolat, G., Balzarini, R. N., Alonso-Ferres, M., Slatcher, R. B., & Back, M. D. (2023). Extraversion, social interactions, and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic: Did extraverts really suffer more than introverts?Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 125(3), 649–679.

Beltrán-Morillas, A.M., Villanueva-Moya, L., Sánchez-Hernández, M.D., Alonso-Ferres, M., Garrido-Macías, M., & Expósito, F. (2023). Infidelity in the Adolescence Stage: The Roles of Negative Affect, Hostility, and Psychological Well-Being. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(5), 4114.


Sáez, G., Garrido-Macías, M.,  Riemer, A.R., Mendoza-Flores, A., & Alonso-Ferres, M. (2022). Objects don’t just walk away: Exploring the connection between women’s engagement in self-objectification and their ability to recognize and respond to sexual violence.  Psicologia Sociale, Social Psychology Theory & Research, 2, 225–243.

Zoppolat, G., Righetti, F., Balzarini, R., Alonso-Ferres, M., Urganci, B., Rodrigues, D., Debrot, A., Wiwattanapantuwong, J., Dharma, C., Chi, P.,  Karremans, J., Schoebi, D., & Slatcher, R.B. (2022). Relationship difficulties and “technoference” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Alonso-Ferres, M., Serrano-Montilla, C., Valor-Segura, I., & Expósito, F. (2022). The Spanish Adaptation of the Relationship Power Inventory. Current Psychology.

Balzarini, R. N., Muise, A., Zoppolat, G., Di Bartolomeo, A., Rodrigues, D. L., Alonso-Ferres, M., … & Chi, P. (2022). Love in the Time of Covid: Perceived Partner Responsiveness Buffers People from Lower Relationship Quality Associated with Covid-Related Stressors.

Garrido-Macías, M., Sáez, G., Alonso-Ferres, M., Ruiz, M. J., Serrano-Montilla, C., & Expósito, F. (2022). Assessing Self-Care in Psychologists: A Spanish Adaptation of the SCAP Scale. Psicothema. 10.7334/psicothema2021.250

Zoppolat, G., Faure, R., Alonso-Ferres, M.,& Righetti, F. (2022). Mixed and conflicted: The role of ambivalence in romantic relationships in light of attractive alternatives. Emotion, 22(1), 81-99.


Garrido-Macías, M., Villanueva-Moya, L., Alonso-Ferres, M., Sánchez-Hernández, M. D., Badenes-Sastre, M., Beltrán-Morillas, A.M., Herrera-Enríquez, A., Herrera-Enríquez, M. C., & Expósito, F. (2021). Sexting among Spanish during Confinement: Prevalence, Motivations and Predictor Variables. Studies in Psychology

Serrano-Montilla, C., Alonso-Ferres, M., Navarro-Carrillo, G., Lozano, L. M., & Valor-Segura, I. (2021). Assessment of the effects of health and financial threat on prosocial and antisocial responses during the COVID-19 pandemic: The mediating role of empathic concern. Personality and Individual Differences, 178, 110855.

Serrano-Montilla, C., Lozano, L.M., Alonso-Ferres, M., Valor-Segura, I., & Padilla, J.L. (2021). Understanding the Components and Determinants of Police Attitudes Toward Intervention in Intimate Partner Violence Against Women: A Systematic Review. Trauma Violence & Abuse.

Alonso-Ferres, M., Valor-Segura, I., & Expósito, F. (2021). Elucidating the Effect of Perceived Power on Destructive Responses during Romantic Conflicts. The Spanish Journal of Psychology24.

Alonso-Ferres, M., Righetti, F., Valor-Segura, I., & Expósito, F. (2021). How Power Affects Emotional Communication During Relationship Conflicts: The Role of Perceived Partner Responsiveness. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1948550621996496.


Alonso-Ferres, M., Serrano-Montilla, C., Valor-Segura, I., & Expósito, F. (2020). Reacciones ante el Acoso Sexual: Infuencia del Género, Sexismo y Mitos. Encuentros en Psicología.

Beltrán-Morillas, A. M., Alonso-Ferres, M., Garrido-Macías, M., Villanueva-Moya, L., Sánchez-Hernández, M.D., & Expósito, F. (2020). The Relationship Between the Motivation to Commit Infidelity and Negative Affect and Self-Esteem: How Cheating in Romance Might Signal Positive Well-Being in Adolescents. Psychological Reports, 125 (1),514-544.

Rodriguez-Standley, J., Alonso-Ferres, M., Zilioli, S., & Slatcher, R.B. (2020). Housework, Health, and Well-Being in Older Adults: The Role of Socioeconomic Status. Journal of Family Psychology.

Alonso-Ferres, M., Imami, L., & Slatcher, R. B. (2020). Untangling the effects of partner responsiveness on health and well-being: The role of perceived control. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships37(4), 1150-1171.

Navarro-Carrillo, G., Alonso-Ferres, M., Moya, M., & Valor-Segura, I. (2020).  Socioeconomic status and psychological well-being: revisiting the role of subjective socioeconomic status. Frontiers in Psychology, section Personality and Social Psychology, 11:1303.

Alonso-Ferres, M., Navarro-Carrillo, G., Garrido-Macías, M., Moreno-Bella, E., & Valor-Segura, I. (2020). Connecting perceived economic threat and prosocial tendencies: The explanatory role of empathic concern. PLoS ONE, 15(5): e0232608.


Sáez, G., Alonso-Ferres, M., Garrido-Macías, M., Valor-Segura, I., & Expósito, F. (2019). The Detrimental Effect of Sexual Objectification on Targets’ and Perpetrators’ Sexual Satisfaction: The Mediating Role of Sexual Coercion. Frontiers in Psychology, 10.

Alonso-Ferres, M., Valor-Segura, I., & Expósito, F. (2019). Couple Conflict-Facing Responses from a Gender Perspective: Emotional Intelligence as a Differential Pattern. Psychosocial Intervention, 28, 147-156.


Alonso-Ferres, M., Caballero, M., Fernández, L., Pérez, I., Serrano, C., & Villar, B. (2014). Empowerment en el ámbito sanitario [Empowerment in the health field]. ReiDoCrea, 3, 3-10.