R Matthew Montoya

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Montoya is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. He received his A.B. and B.A. in Psychology and Sociology in 1996 from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2004 from the University of North Carolina. Following completion of his degree, he spent three years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University. He came to Dayton in 2008. 

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal Attraction
  • Close Relationships
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Evolutionary Theory
  • Psychophysiology
  • Social Cognition

Selected Publications

Montoya, R. M. (in press). "I'm hot, so I'd say you're not: The influence of objective physical attractiveness on mate selection." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Montoya, R. M., Horton, R., & Kirchner, J. (in press). "Is actual similarity necessary for attraction? A meta-analysis of actual and perceived similarity." Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Pittinsky, T. L., & Montoya, R. M. (in press). "Is valuing equality enough? Equality values, allophilia, and policy support for multiracial individuals." Journal of Social Issues.

Montoya, R. M., & Insko, C. A. (2008). "Toward a more complete understanding of the reciprocity of liking effect." European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 477-498.