Our lab conducts research from a person-by-situation perspective, focusing on close relationships and interpersonal processes from an evolutionary framework. Most of our work focuses on five areas:
Attachment: how adult attachment orientations affect relationships and relationship functioning across the life span, particularly when people are distressed.
Social development: how the quality of environments and relationships experienced earlier in life affect adult romantic relationships, parenting, and health outcomes.
Relationships and health: how the quality of relationships and the beliefs, emotions, and actions of relationship partners influence health outcomes in each partner.
Power and social influence: when, how, and why romantic partners attempt to influence each other, and the effects of power dynamics on relationship outcomes.
Parenting: how early interpersonal experiences and current romantic partners affect parental investment and co-parenting patterns.