School of Behavioral & Brain Sciences
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Intimacy development, marital relations, and depression
Dr. Karen Prager is a leading researcher in intimacy as an indicator of partner mental health and couple relationship functioning. Most recently, her research has addressed restored intimacy as an indicator of the partners’ ability to recover after their conflicts. Dr. Prager has published a book for therapists on treating intimacy problems with lonely individuals and/or with couples. She also has looked at psychological differentiation as a predictor of successful intimate relating, relationship satisfaction, and attachment security. Dr. Prager earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
Books and Book Chapters
Prager, K.J., (2013). The Dilemmas of Intimacy: Conceptualization, Assessment, and Treatment. Routledge.
Prager, K.J. and Roberts, L. (2004). Deep Intimate Connection: Self and Intimacy in Couple Relationships. In Mashek, D. and Aron, A. (Eds.) The Handbook on Closeness and Intimacy. Lawrence-Ehrlbaum.
Prager, K.J. (2002). Intimacy. Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family. New York, Macmillion.
Prager, K. J. (1995). The Psychology of Intimacy. New York: Guilford.
Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals
Prager, K. J., Shirvani, F., Poucher, J., Cavallini, G., Truong, M. and Garcia, J.J. (2015). Recovery from conflict and revival of intimacy in cohabiting couples. Personal Relationships, 22:308-334.