Research

 

My research focuses on examining adaptive processes in romantic relationships.  I am interested in investigating characteristics of successful romantic relationships, how our relationships make us better people, and what people do to make their relationships stronger and more satisfying.  My research interests lie primarily within two areas.  I am interested in examining how stress impacts couples in romantic relationships, including investigating how the relationship can serve to protect individuals from psychological problems and the characteristics that contribute to resilience in relationships.  I also conduct research investigating the predictions and applications of the self-expansion model of relationships, a model that describes how engaging in growth-promoting activities contributes to the development of relationships.

 

I also conduct some research in the area of statistics and quantitative methods.  My work in this area focuses largely in  promoting “best practices” in quantitative methods.  Specifically, my work has recently focused on the use (and misuse) of reliability coefficients in psychological research.  I have a particular interest in examining the equivalence of measures across diverse populations through the use of meta-analytic techniques.  Given my substantive focus on relationships, I am also very interested in methods of modeling non-independence in data using hierarchical linear modeling and structural equation modeling.