School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

The Close Relationships and Health Lab

Welcome to Our Lab

We investigate the basic relationship processes that are associated with relationship functioning and the links between romantic relationships and physical health. Our close relationships have a remarkable influence on our health having the capacity to be both beneficial and detrimental. Yet, we still know very little about the specific biopsychosocial pathways through which close relationships protect, promote or impair health and well-being. How do our close relationships get “under our skin” to influence our health? How do our interactions in our close relationships influence our health behavior and vice versa?

Some of the topics that we are currently investigating include:

  • Stress, social support and coping processes in romantic relationships
  • Daily marital experiences and sleep
  • Anxiety, health and social relationships during pregnancy

If you are interested in participating in one of our studies including the Couples, Sleep and Health Study, please see our Current Research.

If you are interested in joining the lab, see Join Our Lab for more information and an application.