Elaine Hatfield (B.A. Michigan, Ph.D. Stanford) is a professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaiʻi. She is notable as the scholar who pioneered the scientific study of passionate love and sexual desire. In 2012, the Association for Psychological Science (APS) gave Hatfield the William James Fellow Award for a lifetime of scientific achievement. In recent years she has received Distinguished Scientist Awards (for a lifetime of scientific achievement) from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex, and the University of Hawaiʻi, and the Alfred Kinsey Award from the Western Region of SSSS. Between 1970 and 1990, she was ranked in citation reviews as the most frequently quoted social psychologist in the world. She has often appeared on national T.V., interviewed by Barbara Walters, Phil Donahue, Hugh Downs, Tom Snyder, and others, and has written many books on her research, among them two books which both won the American Psychological Foundation's National Media Award: A New Look at Love and Mirror, Mirror: The Importance of Looks in Everyday Life.
Recently, Hatfield and Richard L. Rapson (who are husband and wife) have collaborated on three books: Love, Sex, and Intimacy: Their Psychology, Biology, and History (HarperCollins,) Emotional Contagion (Cambridge University Press,) and Love and Sex: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Allyn & Bacon.)
The Rapsons have published a collection of short stories (Dangerous Characters), four serious novels: Rosie, Recovered Memories, Darwin’s Law, and Hijacked! and five detective stories: two Kate MacKinnon murder mysteries (Deadly Wager and Vengeance is Mine) and two Firefly mysteries (The Adventures of Firefly: The World’s Tiniest Detective and Take Up Serpents), and The G-string Murders.
- Berscheid, E. & Hatfield, E. (1969). Interpersonal attraction. New York: Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-201-00560-3.
- Hatfield, E., Walster, G. W., & Berscheid, E. (1978). Equity: Theory and research. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN 0-205-05929-5.
- Hatfield, E. & Walster, G. W. (1978). A new look at love. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. [Winner: American Psychological Foundation's “National Media Award.”] ISBN 0-919149-57-8.
- Berscheid, E. & Hatfield, E. (1978). Interpersonal attraction, (2nd ed.) Reading, MS: Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-201-00569-7
- Griffitt, W., & Hatfield, E. (1984). Human sexual behavior. Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman & Co. ISBN 0-673-15057-7
- Hatfield, E., & Sprecher, S. (1986). Mirror, mirror: The importance of looks in everyday life. New York: SUNY Press. [Winner: American Psychological Association's “National Media Award,” 1986.] ISBN 0-88706-124-9
- Carlson, J. G. & Hatfield, E. (1992). Psychology of emotion. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich. ISBN 0-03-055419-5
- Hatfield, E., & Rapson, R. L. (1993). Love, sex, and intimacy: Their psychology, biology, and history. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-500702-6
- Hatfield, E., Cacioppo, J., & Rapson, R. L. (1994). Emotional contagion. New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-44948-0
- Hatfield, E., & Rapson, R. (1996/2005). Love and sex: Cross-cultural perspectives. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 0-205-16103-0 Reprint: Lanham, MD: University Press of America. ISBN 0-7618-3232-7.
- Reis, H. T. & Stiller, J. (1992). Publication trends in JPSP: A three decade review. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 18, p. 467.
- “The top 200 social psychologists mentioned in recent social psychology textbooks.” Contemporary Social Psychology, 13, 9-16.)
- Reis, H., Aron, S., Clark, M. and Finkel, E. (2013). Ellen Berscheid, Elaine Hatfield, and the emergence of relationship science. Perspectives in Psychological Science. Invited Article.
- Martin, R. J. (September, 2012). Fleecing the science of love: William Proxmire, Elaine Hatfield, and the Politics of Gender in the 1970s. Thesis in partial fulfillment of the Ph.D. requirements. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii at Manoa.
- Perlman, D. (1984). Recent developments in Personality and social psychology: A citation analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 10, pp. 496.
- Gavin, A. (Spring, 1987). Prominent women in psychology, determined by ratings of distinguished peers. Psychotherapy in Private Practice, 5, 57.
- N. O’Connell (Ed.) (2001) Elaine Hatfield. Models of achievement: Reflections of eminent women in psychology, 3, 136-147.