About IARR

Sue Sprecher, 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.

Anita Barbee, President-ElectThe 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: Sue Sprecher
  • President-Elect: Anita Barbee
  • Past President:  Jeff Simpson
  • Treasurer:  Leah Bryant
  • Secretary: Jessica Eckstein

Board Members:

  • Publications Committee Chair:  Beverley Fehr
  • Member-at-Large:  Sylvia Niehuis
  • Member-at-Large:  Leanne Knoblock
  • New Professional Representative:  Natalie Hengstbeck

Committee Chairs:

  • Awards:  Anita Vangelisti
  • International:  Rozzana Sanchez Aragon
  • Future Conferences:  Terri Orbuch
  • Membership:  Madoka Kumashiro
  • Mentoring:  Ashley Randall
  • Media Relations:  Lucia O’Sullivan
  • Publications: Beverley Fehr
  • Teaching:  Cheryl Harasymchuk
  • Elections: Jeff Simpson
  • Finance: Leah Bryant and Dan Perlman
  • Archives: Susan Boon
  • Ad-Hoc Dissemination: Terri Orbach
  • Website Maintenance:  Dylan Selterman


  • Journal of Social and Personal Relationships:  Geoff MacDonald
  • Personal Relationships:  Deborah Kashy (incoming) and Julie Fitness (outgoing)
  • Relationship Research News:  Brian Ogolsky
  • Advances in Personal Relationships:  Chris Agnew, Chip Knee, John Caughlin, & Terri Orbuch