Joseph Billingsley, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office Address
3025 Stern Hall
School of Science & Engineering
Joseph Billingsley

Education & Affiliations

Ph.D., 2019, University of Miami


Interests: Social psychology and evolutionary psychology, with expertise in understanding the psychological mechanisms that regulate cooperation and altruism.

Selected Publications

Forster, D., Billingsley, J., Burnette, J. L., Lieberman, D., Ohtsubo., Y., & McCullough, M. E. (in press). Experimental evidence that apologies cause forgiveness because they increase relationship value. Scientific Reports.

Billingsley, J., Burnette, J. L., & McCullough, M. E. (2020). An evolutionary perspective on forgiveness. In N. Wade and E. Worthington (Eds.), The Handbook of Forgiveness 2nd ed. (pp. 52-62). New York: Routledge.

Forster, D., Billingsley, J., Russell, M., Burnette, J.L., Smith, A., Ohtsubo., Y., McCauley, T., Schug, J., & McCullough, M. E. (2020). Forgiveness takes place on an attitudinal continuum from hostility to friendliness: Toward a closer union of forgiveness theory and measurement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 119(3), 861-880. doi:10.1037/pspi0000227

Billingsley, J., Boos, B., & Lieberman, D. (2019). What evidence is required to determine that infants infer the kinship of third parties? A commentary on Spokes and Spelke (2017). Cognition 191.

Billingsley, J., Gomes, C. M., & McCullough, M.E. (2018). Implicit and explicit influences of religious cognition on dictator game transfers. Royal Society Open Science 5: 170238. DOI:

Lieberman, D., Billingsley, J., & Patrick, C. (2018) Consumption, contact and copulation: how pathogens have shaped human psychological adaptations. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: B: Biological Sciences 373(1751). 20170203.

Billingsley, J., & Losin, E. A. R. (2017). The neural systems of forgiveness: An evolutionary psychological perspective. Frontiers in Psychology 8: 737. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00737.

Sznycer, D., De Smet, D., Billingsley, J., & Lieberman, D. (2016). Coresidence duration and cues of maternal investment regulate sibling altruism across cultures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111 (2), 159-177.