About IARRAnita Barbee, President

The International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) is an interdisciplinary organization that strives to (a) promote advances in the scientific study of personal and social relationships, and (b) encourage collaboration among students, new scholars and experienced scholars.

IARR resulted from the integration of two prior organizations (the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships, the International Network on Personal Relationships) and has worked to maintain the high standards set by each organization.

IARR members represent a broad range of disciplines, such as family studies, psychology, communication, sociology, child/lifespan development, gerontology, education, clinial work (e.g., counseling, therapy), philosophy, and anthropology.

As a non-profit organization, IARR encourages cooperation among social scientists worldwide and supports the application of research findings in bettering individuals' relationships.

The organization has members from six of the seven continents, and sponsors two journals (Personal Relationships, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships), a newsletter (Relationship Research News), a book series (Advances in Personal Relationships) and workshops/conferences.

In addition, IARR hosts a biennial conference and annual workshops and specialty conferences. Recent conferences have been held in Canada, Australia, Poland, Israel, and the USA.


  • President: Anita Barbee
  • President-Elect: Susan Boon
  • Past President:  Sue Sprecher
  • Treasurer:  Leah Bryant
  • Secretary: Brian Ogolsky

Board Members:

  • Publications Committee Chair:  Jen Theiss
  • Member-at-Large:  Sylvia Niehuis
  • Member-at-Large:  Rich Slatcher
  • New Professional Representative:  Chloe Huelsnitz

Committee Chairs:

  • Awards: Terri Orbuch
  • International:  Rozzana Sanchez Aragon
  • Future Conferences:  Ashley Duggan
  • Membership:  Asuman Tetik
  • Mentoring:  Liz Keneski
  • Media Relations:  Karen Blair
  • Publications: Jen Theiss
  • Teaching:  Julie Verette Lindenbaum
  • Elections: Sue Sprecher
  • Finance: Leah Bryant and Dan Perlman
  • Archives: Ashley Randall
  • Ad-Hoc Website: Jessi Eckstein
  • Website Maintenance:  Dylan Selterman


  • Journal of Social and Personal Relationships:  Geoff MacDonald
  • Personal Relationships:  Deborah Kashy
  • Relationship Research News:  Laura VanderDrift
  • Advances in Personal Relationships:  Chris Agnew, Chip Knee, John Caughlin, & Terri Orbuch