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Ximena Arriaga is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences and University Scholar at Purdue University. She attained a B.A. degree from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue University, she was a faculty member at Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Arriaga studies the rewards and challenges of close relationships. Her current work examines how relationships can alter insecure tendencies (funded by NSF), what makes them endure (funded by NIMH), and why they endure even if they become harmful (funded by the Center for Families at Purdue University). Her research has been published widely and has involved many students as research assistants and coauthors. She also has won awards for her teaching and is in Purdue's Book of Great Teachers. It seems that students actually enjoy taking statistics with her.

Dr. Arriaga also has been active in her profession, as an Associate Editor (Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Personal Relationships) and Consulting Editor (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology since 2003, Social Psychological and Personality Science). She has held elected and appointed positions in several leading professional organizations, and is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Midwestern Psychological Association, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

In addition to doing research, teaching, and professional service, Dr. Arriaga has dedicated significant time and effort to change systemic conditions that cause people to feel overlooked or underappreciated in campus settings. She was an inaugural Provost Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion, working closely with Purdue's Provost and campus leadership to foster a climate of inclusive success. She also formed and directs the Purdue Acceptance and Inclusion Consortium. The Consortium brings together talented scholars across several disciplines to share research ideas with each other and beyond academic settings on issues of belonging and inclusion.