Who are the writers on ScienceOfRelationships.com?

First and foremost, our writers are relationship scientists who research the very topics we feature on the site. Our writers are true experts that have intimate knowledge of the types of research that appear in our articles. Not surprisingly, when journalists, book authors, and writers for other websites or blogs need an expert opinion about a relationship topic, who do they turn to? You guessed it. Us. 

The majority of us have a Ph.D. and hold positions as professors at academic institutions where we teach about relationships, conduct and publish our own research findings in peer-reviewed academic journals, write books, and serve as reviewers or editorial board members for the major journals in our field. A few of our stellar writers are in the process of completing their Ph.D. 

Most importantly, we are a group of people who care passionately about making sure that our articles are free of personal bias, grounded in quality science, and written in an enjoyable and useful style.

If you're a relationship scientist who would like to share your expertise by writing for us, please let us know.

Site Administrators & Editors


Benjamin Le - Associate Professor of Psychology, Haverford College
Ph.D., Purdue University

Ben's research focuses on the role of commitment in romantic relationships, including the factors associated with commitment and its role in promoting relationship maintenance. He has published on the topics of breakup, geographic separation, infidelity, social networks, cognition, and need fulfillment and emotions in relationships. Prof. Le teaches classes on Statistics & Research Methods, Social Psychology, and Close Relationships at Haverford College, and he is a member of the editorial board of Personal Relationships. Click here for Dr. Le's Science of Relationships articles.


Gary Lewandowski - Professor of Psychology, Monmouth University
Ph.D., Stony Brook University

Gary’s research explores the role of the self in romantic relationships (e.g., attraction, relationship maintenance, infidelity, break-up), with a specific focus on self-expansion. He has authored dozens of publications for both academic and non-academic audiences and is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Dr. Lewandowski's work has appeared in media outlets such as CNN, the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Women’s Health, Ladies' Home Journal, Marie ClaireCosmopolitanMen’s HealthSelf Magazine, USA Today, and WebMDClick here for Dr. Lewandowski's Science of Relationships articles.


Tim Loving - Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., Purdue University

Tim's primary research program addresses the mental and physical health impact of relationship transitions, with a particular focus on affectively positive transitions (e.g., falling in love) and the role friends and family serve as relationship partners adapt to these transitions. He has served on the editoral board of top journals in the field (e.g., Journal of Personality and Social Psychology) and was an Associate Editor of Personal Relationships.  His research has been funded by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. He is also an award-winning instructor, having received several major teaching awards at The University of Texas. Click here for Dr. Loving's Science of Relationships articles.


Jennifer Harman - Assistant Professor of Psychology, Colorado State University
Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Jennifer's primary research interests examine relationship behaviors that put people at-risk for physical and psychological health problems. Specifically, she has been examining how feelings and beliefs about risk (e.g., sexual risk taking, communication problems) can be biased when in an intimate relationship. Recently, she also has been examining the role of power on commitment to intimate relationships. Dr. Harman is also available for relationship coaching. Click here for Dr. Harman's Science of Relationships articles.


Elizabeth A. Schoenfeld - Human Development and Family Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Liz’s research focuses on love, particularly its development over time and its reported and actual expression in day-to-day life. She also studies the impact of romantic relationships on physical health, as well as hoindividuals’ sexual relationships are tied to their personal attributes and broader relationship dynamics.  She works closely with colleagues at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, as well as the University of Novi Sad in Serbia and Her work has been featured in media outlets such as Men’s Health, US News & World Report, the Chicago Tribune, and the Daily Telegraph. Liz is currently the Director of Research and Evaluation at LifeWorks, an Austin-based non-profit that helps transition youth and families from crisis to safety and success. Click here for Liz's Science of Relationships articles.


Lydia Emery - Research Coordinator, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Haverford College

Lydia's research interests broadly include the role of the self-concept in romantic relationships, especially how relationships change the self, and in turn, how the self-concept influences commitment and thoughts about relationships. She is also interested in how people's perceptions of their relationships affect relationship quality, and how people portray their relationships to outsiders, particularly in the context of social networking websites.

Contributors


Karen L. Blair - Post-Doctoral Fellow - University of Utah
Ph.D., Queen's University

Karen's research focuses on the connections between romantic relationships and health, social approval for romantic relationships, and LGBTQ psychology. Her latest research is focusing on the potential health benefits (and costs) of public displays of affection (PDAs) in both mixed-sex and same-sex relationships. Do PDAs provide health boosting moments of support for all couples, or might stigmatized couples experience PDAs as a source of stress and discomfort? As part of this line of research, a study on the psychophysiology of prejudice is being crowdfunded on the science funding site, Microryza. Dr. Blair also offers consulting services for online research development and implementation. Click here for Dr. Blair's Science of Relationships articles.


Fred Clavél - Doctoral Student, Social Psychology, Iowa State University
M.A., New York University

Fred’s primary research interests include social support dynamics in romantic couples, the effects of context on relationships, relationships and health & well-being, issues of the self in relationships, and complex statistical approaches to modeling relationship phenomena. He approaches these interests from a number of theoretical angles including social exchange, attachment, evolutionary psychology, motivation, probability, and theories of social cognition. He is currently engaged in research examining the longitudinal effects of stressors such as racial discrimination and chronic financial strain, on the dyadic support experiences and mental health of married and cohabiting couples. Click here for Fred's Science of Relationships articles.


Sandra L. Faulkner - Associate Professor of Communication, Bowling Green State University
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Sandra’s teaching and research interests include qualitative methodology, communication and identities, and the relationships between culture, identity, and sexual talk in close relationships. The broad goal of her work is to improve interpersonal relationships through the examination of sexuality, gender, identity, and culture. She focuses on the role of culture and relational processes in discussions about sexual issues and disclosure of potentially stigmatizing identities (e.g., LGBQ, feminist). She has published work in a variety of academic and literary journals and is most pleased with her work at the intersection of social science/poetryClick here for Sandra's Science of Relationships articles.


Hilary Gamble - Ph.D. Student, Communication, University of Arizona
M.A., University of Arkansas

Hilary's research focuses on the role media plays in romantic relationships. More specifically, she is interested in the effects television viewing can have on romantic partners' thoughts about their relationship and their partner. Currently her research is exploring the effect television viewing may have on couples' sex lives, such as influencing partners' expectations for sexual interaction or their attitudes towards sexually sacrificing. Click here for Hilary's Science of Relationships articles.


Lisa Hoplock - Ph.D. Candidate, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
M.Sc., University of Victoria

Lisa's research examines how personality traits like self-esteem and attachment influence interpersonal processes in ambiguous social situations -- situations affording both rewards and costs -- such as social support contexts, relationship initiation, and marriage proposals. Within these situations, Lisa observes and codes people's objective behavior, assesses what people think their behavior is telling others, and evaluates others' impressions of the individual. Another line of research examines people's theories of matching within romantic relationships and how those theories predict relationship behaviors like mate poaching. Click here for Lisa's Science of Relationships articles.


Samantha Joel - Graduate Student, Psychology, University of Toronto
M.A., University of Toronto 

Samantha's research examines how people make decisions about their romantic relationships. For example, what sort of factors do people take into consideration when they try to decide whether to pursue a potential date, invest in a new relationship, or break up with a romantic partner? Samantha is particularly interested in states of ambivalence or indecisiveness over these important relationship choices. Her work often integrates judgment and decision making techniques and concepts, as well as attachment theory. Click here for Samantha's Science of Relationships articles.


Michelle Kaufman - Researcher, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Communication Programs
Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Michelle conducts research internationally primarily on sexual health and how power in heterosexual relationships influences sexual risk and family planning. She has conducted research in South Africa, Nepal, Tanzania, and Indonesia, and teaches a course on Qualitative Research Methods at Jimma University in Ethiopia. She has published her work in various international journals on the topics of HIV risk behavior, gender-based violence, sex trafficking, cross-generational sex, polygyny, and partner communication about sex. Click here for Michelle's Science of Relationships articles.


Liz Keneski - Graduate Student, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
M.A., University of Texas

Liz's research centers around the intersection of romantic relationships, social networks, and health. Specifically, her research interests include social network support and romantic partner support processes, romantic relationship development and transition norms, and psychological and physiological resilience to relationship stress. Liz is a 3rd-year doctoral student at The University of Texas at Austin and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Click here for Liz's Science of Relationships articles.


Sadie Leder - Assistant Professor of Psychology and Assistant Director, Survey Research Center, High Point University
Ph.D., University at Buffalo, SUNY

Sadie’s research examines close relationships from a risk regulation perspective, focusing on how people balance their competing desires for closeness and protection against rejection, specifically during partner selection. Other lines of research examine this goal negotiation within the context of established romantic relationships, as well as look specifically at the experience of romantic love, hurt feelings, and relationship rekindling. Sadie was the 2010 recipient of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award and instructs classes including Social Psychology, Close Relationships, and Love/Hate in Cyberspace. Click here for Dr. Leder's Science of Relationships articles.


Justin Lehmiller - Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
Ph.D., Purdue University

Justin’s research program focuses largely on how secrecy and stigmatization impact both relationship quality and partners’ physical and psychological health. He also conducts research on the topics of commitment, sexuality, and safer-sex practices. To date, Dr. Lehmiller has published over 20 scholarly papers, several of which have received prominent media coverage in outlets such as the National Geographic Channel, Psychology Today, Men’s Health, and The Sunday TimesClick here for Dr. Lehmiller's Science of Relationships articles from his column Lusting, Loving, & Leaving.


Jana Lembke - Graduate Student, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
B.A., University at North Carolina

Jana's research focuses on close relationships, interpersonal processes, and positive emotions. Her current research focuses on conflict recovery in newlywed couples. She enjoys using a variety of methodologies such as participant self-reports, behavioral coding, psychophysiology, and biological measures to study well-being at the individual level as well as the relationship level. Click here for Jana's Science of Relationships articles.


Helen Lee Lin - Research Scientist, Ankara, Turkey
Ph.D., University of Houston

Helen's past research has focused on potential problems in romantic relationships, such as keeping secrets about oneself from a significant other. She is also interested in communication in and about relationships, as well as the use and consumption of media in relationships. She is planning to work in applied contexts for her future projects. Click here for Helen's Science of Relationships articles.


Charlotte Markey - Associate Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside

Charlotte’s research addresses issues central to both developmental and health psychology. A primary focus of her research is social influences on eating-related behaviors (i.e., eating, dieting, body image) in both parent-child and romantic relationships. An additional line of research focuses on the role that personality plays in individuals’ health-related behaviors. My current research combines these two lines and investigates both young adult heterosexual couples and lesbian couples and the role that both their relationships and their personalities play in influencing their health behaviors. Click here for Dr. Markey's Science of Relationships articles.


Patrick Markey - Associate Professor of Psychology, Villanova University
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside

Patrick's research focuses on how behavioral tendencies develop and are expressed within social relationships. His work has examined range of contexts, from fairly mundane interpersonal behaviors (e.g., acting warmly during an interaction) to behaviors of real life importance (e.g., unhealthy dieting, civic behavior, personality judgment, interpersonal aggression after playing violent video games, etc.). In order to examine how these behavioral tendencies develop and are expressed in social contexts, he has examined a multitude of social relationships (e.g., parent-child relations, peer relationships, romantic relationships, internet interactions, etc.) at different stages of life. Click here for Dr. Markey's Science of Relationships articles.


Brent Mattingly - Assistant Professor of Psychology, Ursinus College
Ph.D., Saint Louis University

Brent’s research, broadly conceptualized, focuses on the intersection of romantic relationships and the self. His specific lines of research all examine how individual-level constructs (e.g., motivation, attachment, self-regulation) are associated with various relational processes. Click here for Dr. Mattingly's Science of Relationships articles.


Amy Muise - Post-Doctoral Fellow, Psychology, University of Toronto
Ph.D., University of Guelph

Amy’s research focuses on sexuality in close relationships, including the role of sexual motives in maintaining sexual desire in long-term relationships, and sexual well-being. She also studies the relational effects of new media; specifically how new technologies have changed the dating script and how social network sites such as Facebook influence relationships and the experience of jealousy. Amy teaches courses on social psychology, and couple and family relationships, and also has a blog at Psychology Today called The Passion Paradox. Click here for Dr. Muise's Science of Relationships articles and here for her featured column Sex Musings


Lindsey Rodriguez - Ph.D. Candidate, Psychology, University of Houston
M.A., University of Houston  

Lindsey completed her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Florida and is currently working on her dissertation at the University of Houston. She considers herself the brainchild of Drs. C. Raymond Knee, a relationship researcher, and Clayton Neighbors, an alcohol researcher, in pursuit of integrating relationship research with addictive behaviors in Social Psychology. Her long-term interests include the development of a comprehensive, dyadic perspective for examining how problematic alcohol use and interpersonal relationship processes interact to influence various physical, emotional, and relational outcomes for individuals and their relationship partners. Click here for Lindsey's Science of Relationships articles.


Melissa Schneider - Licensed Couples Therapist, New York City & Shenzhen, China
M.S. in Clinical Social Work, Columbia University

Melissa is a couples therapist and writer interested in the dynamics of early dating as predictors of relationship termination or stability. She earned her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University and her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University. Her first book, The Ugly Wife is a Treasure at Home: 27 True Stories About Love and Marriage in Communist China, is coming soon. Read more about dating, mating, and breaking up on her blog “Where Is This Going?” or follow her on Twitter @luvwiserClick here for Melissa's Science of Relationships articles.


Dylan Selterman - Lecturer of Psychology, University of Maryland College Park
Ph.D., Stony Brook University

Dylan's research focuses on secure vs. insecure personality in relationships. He studies how people dream about their romantic partners and how nighttime dreams are associated with daytime behavior. In addition, Dylan studies issues related to morality and ethics in relationships, including infidelity, betrayal, and jealousy. Dylan has taught Social Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, Interpersonal  Relationships, and Human Development, and has published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, Attachment & Human Development, Dreaming, and In-Mind MagazineClick here for Dylan's Science of Relationships articles.


Jennifer Shukusky - Graduate Student, Human Development and Family Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin
M.A. in Psychology, Rutgers University

Jennifer's research examines relationship initiation and maintenance behaviors, specifically, the ways in which relationships impact evolutionary reproductive urges. For example, in what behaviors do people engage to protect their romantic relationships in the face of attractive others? How does relationship commitment interfere with sexual desire for extra-pair partners? Jennifer has also explored hookup culture and relationship diversity. She is interested in the cognitions and specific sexual behaviors that distinguish between various relationship partners (i.e. hookups, friends with benefits, and serious romantic relationships). Click here for Jennifer's Science of Relationships articles.


Sarah Stanton - Ph.D. Candidate, Social Psychology, University of Western Ontario
M.Sc., University of Western Ontario 

Sarah’s research encompasses three main areas within the broader topic of close relationships: relationship cognition, self-regulation, and psychophysiology and health. She is particularly interested in how different types of people (e.g., those who are insecurely attached) think, feel, and behave in relationships, the distinct positive and negative relationship outcomes associated with low self-regulatory ability, and how relationship experiences influence goal pursuit, bodily stress responses, and mental and physical health outcomes. Her work also seeks to uncover relationship circumstances that promote intimacy, satisfaction, and positive behavior, especially for insecurely attached individuals and their partners. Click here for Sarah's Science of Relationships articles.


Wendy Walsh
Ph.D., California Graduate Institute

Wendy is the author of "The 30-Day Love Detox" and the host of Investigation Discovery Networks’ “Happily Never After.” She is regularly featured as CNN’s human behavior expert. As adjunct professor of psychology at California State University, Channel Islands, she lectures on human mating strategies. Click here for Wendy's Science of Relationships articles.

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