The following individuals are professional speakers who are available to give presentations to your organizations. Please note that speaking fees are commonly expected, but should be discussed with each individual speaker. Click on each name to contact that speaker.
- Dr. Gary Lewandowski is a co-founder of ScienceofRelationships.com and Director of the Relationship Science Laboratory at Monmouth University. For the past 10 years Gary has conducted research on romantic relationships and authored numerous publications for both academic and non-academic audiences. His work has attracted grant funding and has been featured on the American Psychological Association’s (APA) website and in the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Observer magazine. Dr. Lewandowski's work has also appeared in numerous media outlets such as: CNN, the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, WebMD, Radio Health Journal, Science Daily, Women’s Health, Marie Claire, Woman’s World, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Self Magazine, and Ladies' Home Journal. Potential topics include any area of romantic relationships but especially: relationship maintenance (“Why People Stay in Good (and Bad) Relationships”), coping with break-up (“Casting Light on the Darkness of Dissolution”), self-growth in relationships (“Becoming a Better Person in Your Relationship”), attraction/relationship initiation, infidelity/jealousy, and relationship maintenance strategies. Click here for his CV/resume. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Benjamin Le is a co-founder of ScienceOfRelationships.com and is an associate professor of psychology at Haverford College, where he teaches classes in Social Psychology, Close Relationships, and Statistics/Research Methods. He has been interviewed by media outlets such as Cosmopolitan, Women's Health Magazine, Tango Magazine, and Men's Health Magazine. Ben has been studying relationships since 1996 and has authored peer-reviewed publications on topics such as commitment and relationship maintenance, breakup, social networks, infidelity, and how romantic partners experience geographic separations. He is based near Philadelphia and is willing to speak on topics related to his own research as well as more generally on attraction, evolutionary approaches to relationships, and the science of close relationships. Click here for a brief CV.
- Dr. Timothy Loving is a co-founder of ScienceOfRelationships.com and is an associate professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, where he primarily teaches an introductory-level course on Family Relationships (and has won several prestigious teaching awards for his efforts in the classroom). Dr. Loving’s research 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 is an Associate Editor of Personal Relationships and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His research is currently funded by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, and his work has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personal Relationships, Psychosomatic Medicine, Psychoneuroendocrinology, and Archives of General Psychiatry, and featured in the New York Times, Cosmo, Men’s Health, PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers, and other popular media outlets. He is based in Austin, Texas and is willing to speak on topics related to his own research program or virtually anything to do with relationships and family development more broadly (e.g., long-distance relationships, how and why to maintain passion in relationships, stress in relationships, and so on). Click here for an abbreviated copy of his CV.
- Dr. Wind Goodfriend is an associate professor of Psychology at Buena Vista University in Iowa, where she teaches classes on Gender, Stereotypes & Prejudice, Human Sexuality, Psychology in Film, and Advanced Research Techniques. Dr. Goodfriend has won several prestigious research and teaching awards, including “Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year” at Purdue (2003), “Faculty of the Year” at BVU (2008), “Faculty of the Year for Community Service” at BVU (2009) , and “Faculty of the Year for Diversity Students” (2009). Her research focuses on several areas, including commitment to relationships, gender stereotypes, homophobia and heterosexism, and the intersection of psychology and pop culture. Dr. Goodfriend has published several empirical articles on all of these topics, and she has a series of chapters in books titled The Psychology of Harry Potter, The Psychology of the Simpsons, The Psychology of Joss Whedon, The Psychology of Superheroes, and The Psychology of Dexter. Finally, she is the Principal Investigator for a national organization called the Institute for the Prevention of Relationship Violence, and often gives talks to university and community settings to educate people on psychological theory and research on understanding the dynamics of violent relationships, understanding the psychology of perpetrators, and how to best assist victims of violence. In 2011, her first book will be published, entitled Voices of Hope. She is willing to speak about any of the areas of interest outlined here. Click here for her CV.
- Dr. Bjarne Holmes is Director of the Psychology Program at Champlain College in Vermont and an Associate Professor. Dr. Holmes has three areas of research and scholarship, from which he’s published over 20 articles or book chapters. One is focused on the study of infant attachment, prevention, and well being in the context of health promotion. A second focuses on the development of relationship attitudes/beliefs in relation to past attachment experiences. Yet a third is focused on the influence of popular media on adolescents’ and emerging adults’ social identities with regard to relationships. Dr. Holmes is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. He also founded and produces the journal's podcast series, "Relationship Matters." Dr. Holmes makes appearances in mass media from time to time, both commenting on general topics relating to social science and also having had his own work featured on e.g., BBC World Service radio, BBC TV, several NPR radio programs in the US, several CBC radio programs in Canada, Fox News, Good Morning America TV (NBC), and numerous prestigious print publications (e.g., TIME Magazine science section, Washington Post, LA Times, The Times, The Guardian). Dr. Holmes is located in New England and willing to speak on most topics relating to family and relationships.
- Dr. Justin Lehmiller is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and prior to that served on the faculty at Colorado State University. He has published over 20 scholarly works spanning a range of topics that includes marginalized and secret romantic relationships, “friends with benefits,” commitment, prejudice and stigma, as well as sexual orientation and safer-sex practices. Dr. Lehmiller’s research has been featured prominently in numerous media outlets, including Psychology Today, Men’s Health, and The Sunday Times, as well as several websites and television news programs. While pursuing his doctoral degree at Purdue University, he received the Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Teaching as well as the Graduate Research Publication Award. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Personal Relationships, Social Influence, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Dr. Lehmiller teaches courses on Human Sexuality, Intergroup Relationships, and Social Psychology and has been an invited speaker on a variety of topics spanning close relationships, diversity issues, and stigma. He is available to speak about any of his areas of research, but also on the topics of relationships and sexuality more broadly. Click here for his CV.