Reflective Functioning Training on the Adult Attachment Interview

The Anna Freud Centre have now confirmed dates with Yale Child Study Center to deliver the Reflective Functioning Training on the Adult Attachment Interview training in New Haven, CT. This is scheduled for 6th – 8th November 2013.

I am pleased to let you know that we have an early bird fee for those that book their place prior to 23rd August 2013. For more information and to book a place, please click here.


Call for Papers-- Special Issue: Emerging Adulthood: Communication and Emerging Adulthood

Special Issue: Communication and Emerging Adulthood

Michaela D.E. Meyer and Alice E. Veksler, Guest Editors

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2014 

The purpose of this special issue of Emerging Adulthood is for scholars to interrogate the role communication plays in emerging adulthood. We seek manuscripts that speak across disciplinary boundaries and address communication as a central topic of concern to emerging adulthood. This collection is particularly committed to engaging diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives – qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methodologies are welcome. Topics that are of particular interest to this issue include: 

  • The use of communication to explore identity in emerging adulthood (issues related to emerging adult’s understanding of their own identities as well as larger cultural identity markers like gender, race, class, sexuality, religiosity, etc.)
  • The role of communication in interpersonal relationships during emerging adulthood (e.g., friendships, romantic relationships, friends-with-benefits, parental relationships, etc.)
  • Interrogations of the role of new technologies in communication by and among emerging adults (e.g., mobile technologies, the Internet, surveillance, etc.).
  • Communicative patterns occurring during and/or impacted by emerging adulthood (e.g., sexual script negotiation, relational aggression, verbal aggressiveness, supportive communication, etc.).

Regardless of topic/methodology, all manuscripts must be written with an eye toward opening the lines of scholarly conversation among theoretical and methodological traditions for studying the role of communication in emerging adulthood. Manuscripts must engage theories of emerging adulthood as central to their research questions, analysis and conclusions.

Submissions must be prepared according to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and should contain no more than 6000 total words (main text including  endnotes, and appendices). An electronic file of the manuscript, prepared for blind review, should be submitted electronically ( no later than March 1, 2014. Queries regarding the special issue may be directed to guest editors Michaela D. E. Meyer (, Alice Veksler (, or journal editor Manfred H. M. van Dulmen (


Dyadic Data Analysis Workshop July 8-12 at Michigan State University

The workshop will focus on analyses for data in which both members of a dyad are measured on the same set of variables. Topics to be addressed include the measurement of nonindependence, the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model, the analysis of distinguishable and indistinguishable dyads, and the analysis of over-time dyadic data (e.g., dyadic growth curve models). The software package used in the workshop will be SPSS. Although the workshop does not require any prior knowledge or experience with multilevel modeling, participants are expected to have a working knowledge of multiple regression and analysis of variance, as well as SPSS. Please see the website for more specific information and a link to the workshop registration:


Relationship Research News - Spring 2013 Issue Available Now!

The Spring 2013 issue of our newsletter, Relationship Research News, was just released. Download it as a PDF here.


2013 Mini-Confererence: Call for Papers and Call for New Scholars

We invite you to come to Louisville this Fall to talk about your research! The International Association for Relationship Research Mini-Conference and the IARR New Scholar’s Preconference is scheduled for Louisville, KY, Oct 4-6, 2013. The theme is Multi-Level Motivations in Close Relationship Dynamics, but proposals on other topics, including submissions by non-IARR members, are invited.

Details are provided here (PDFs):

The proposal submission site will open March 15, and the deadline for submission is April 15th. Click here to go to the proposal submission website.

We hope that you will consider submitting an abstract to one or both of these exciting conferences! Please direct any questions to: 


3rd Global Conference: Gender and Love

Sunday 15th September – Tuesday 17th September 2013
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations

The study of gender is an interdisciplinary field intertwined with feminism, queer studies, sexuality studies, postcolonial studies, and cultural studies (to name just some relevant fields).

This project calls for the consideration of gender in relation to various kinds of love (with regard, for example, to self, spirit, religion, family, friendship, ethics, nation, globalisation, environment, and so on). How do the interactions of gender and love promote particular performances of gender; conceptions of individual and collective identity; formations of community; notions of the human; understandings of good and evil? These are just some of the questions that occupy this project.

This conference welcomes research papers which seek to understand the interaction and interconnection between the concepts of love and gender; and whether, when, how and in what ways the two concepts conceive and construct each other.

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Wanted: Unpublished Data for Meta-Analysis on Homophobia/ Heterosexism and Relationship Functioning

We are conducting a meta-analysis examining the relationship between homophobia/heterosexism (internalized or perceived) and relationship functioning, and we are interested in obtaining unpublished reports (e.g., poster presentations, conference papers, dissertations, file drawer data) or in-press papers linking homophobia to a variety of relationship outcomes including commitment, investment, satisfaction, trust, etc.

If you have unpublished data that may be relevant (all variables of interest could have been assessed with a self-report questionnaire), we would be grateful to have you send us your data for use in our meta-analysis. It would be helpful to have the following information:

Year of the study, participant characteristics (e.g., mean age, mean relationship length, proportion of ethnic groups, gender, region of country, sample size), how relationship functioning was assessed, how homophobia/heterosexism was assessed (and whether it was internalized or perceived) and correlations between the variables (if multiple combinations of these IVs and DVs were assessed each correlation reported separately would be preferred).  Ideally, these effect sizes would also be reported separately for men and women.

Alternatively, if you do not have these statistics at hand or do not wish to compute them, we would also be most appreciative if you could send us the full data set from which we could extract the necessary statistics.

The only constraints are participants must have been currently involved in romantic relationships when reporting on relationship functioning (i.e., these should not be retrospective reports of past relationships or reports of ideal relationship partners).

We are seeking both studies that report statistically significant associations and studies that report statistically non-significant associations.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this meta-analysis. Feel free to contact us with questions.

David Doyle, M.A.
Tulane University

Lisa Molix, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Tulane University

The 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research

Conference Location: Park City, Utah, USA
Conference Date: May 31-June 1 2013
Deadline for Submissions: February 15, 2013

Conference Website:


The Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research (SITAR) is seeking paper submissions for its 16th annual meeting.


The society is an international, multidisciplinary, scientific association comprised of researchers interested in interactions, relationships, constructs social behaviors, traits, methodology, psychopathology, and intervention. By encouraging systematic theory and empirical research, the Society seeks to identify the universe of interpersonal, articulate the dynamic processes and mechanisms underlying interpersonal behavior, and illuminate interconnections between the self and interpersonal relations.

For many members, the broad interpersonal themes of Agency and Communion serve as an organizing framework for their research into diverse topics such as communications, attachment, inner- and inter-group phenomena, personality, psychopathology, person perception, and many others.   However, its members represent the diverse branches of psychology, and all disciplines and all areas of interpersonal research are welcome.

Conference Information

For information regarding submissions, registration and conference location and hotel accommodations, please visit the conference website at

Please note that a limited number of travel grants for graduate students will be available.

If you would like to learn more about SITAR, please visit our website at

We look forward to seeing you in Park City!

Sandro M. Sodano, PhD
Program Chair

Timothy W. Smith, PhD
Conference Host

Emily B. Ansell, PhD
SITAR President


The Communication of Jealousy by Dr. Jennifer Bevan

I would like to announce that my new book The Communication of Jealousy is now available. Published by Peter Lang, The Communication of Jealousy is informed by a wide variety of academic disciplines, offers a unique interpersonal communication approach to the study of jealousy, and examines, integrates, and informs research on jealousy experience and expression.

The book's integration and interpretation of academic jealousy research is through a jealousy expression lens, meaning that the focus will be particularly (but not exclusively) on jealousy research that includes a behavioral or interpersonal communicative component drawn from a number of academic disciplines as diverse as communication, social and clinical psychology, sociology, criminology, forensic anthropology, and the biological sciences.

To date, no academic book has considered jealousy primarily from an interpersonal communication perspective and in doing so will effectively connect jealousy research from related academic disciplines as well as develop a theory that advances the state of jealousy expression research.


IARR Mini-Conference - Call for Papers

The International Association for Relationship Research Mini-Conference October 4 - 6, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky

Multi-level Motivations in Close Relationship Dynamics

Call for Papers

On behalf of the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR), we offer an invitation to submit a proposal for presentation at the 2013 mini-conference to be held in Louisville, KY. The conference will provide an opportunity to present and learn about cutting-edge research in the field of personal relationships. Scholars from different countries representing a broad range of disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology, communication, family studies, social work, gerontology) will gather at the conference to share their work in various formats (e.g., symposia, papers, posters, round table discussions).

IARR conferences provide rich opportunities for professional growth, education, and conversations with colleagues who have similar professional interests. Please consider joining colleagues for three days of networking in beautiful Louisville.

Multi-Level Motivations Theme: The mini-conference will focus on relationship dynamics that are influenced by diverse, sometimes contradictory motives. The Multi-Level Motivation perspective is defined as the analyses of behavior as a simultaneous product of both biologically-based and socioculturally-based needs. This perspective is consistent with investigators such as Richerson and Boyd (2005; Not by Genes Alone) and Barish (2012; Homo Mysterious), who recognized that human nature is based on a dual inheritance, stemming from both genetic and cultural evolution.

Sometimes, motives from the two levels work in concert and sometimes they are in conflict. Darwin suggested that the essential motives for all species are survival and reproduction. Yet, as Bowlby noted, infant survival requires a nurturant caretaker who provides resources and care. As a result, the biological process of attachment, and the social institution of marriage and the family, operate at different motivational levels to encourage reciprocal affection between infant and caregiver.

With respect to reproduction, sexual desire is often experienced as the need for physical attractiveness and social status in a partner. Those desired qualities embody both biological and social motives. Physical attractiveness is simultaneously based on personal biological fitness qualities, such as youthfulness and sexual maturity, and socio-cultural qualities, such as friendliness and gender-appropriate grooming. Similarly, the attainment of social status requires biological strength and intelligence, and social assets, such education, money, and the capacity to persuade and lead. Thus, desirable biological and social partner qualities may enhance the survival and well-bring of the future offspring.

Such partner qualities also contribute to the gratification of the perceiver, but the perceiver sometimes has to balance or make trade-offs among motives from different levels. For example, perceivers must weigh the relative desirability of some biologically-based partner qualities, such as boldness and sexual charisma, which are more important in the short-term, against some social qualities, such as attitudinal and personality compatibility, which are more important in the long-term. Similarly, individuals are motivated both to have lots of sex and lots of offspring, and to selectively invest in a small number of children.

Tensions among needs arising within and between different motivational levels occur in such domains as health behavior, financial decision-making, interpersonal conflict, adoption and step-family dynamics, gender role issues, social support and a host of other areas. The complex interplay of unconscious biologically-based hormones and feelings with socially-based norms that are transmitted through modeling, language, education and religion are important to understand for theoretical, personal insight and public policy goals. Equally important to explicate are how such decisions are framed by the culture, expressed by the partner, and conceptualized by the decision-maker.

Relationship researchers are aware of both biological and social motives, yet the field remains largely divided between investigators who focus on evolutionary variables and explanations, and those who emphasize cultural and cognitive determinants of behavior. The Multi-Level Motivation perspective, by contrast, consistently seeks to explicate the simultaneous influence of both categories of motives in relationship behavior.

In this conference, we will offer keynote addresses and seek papers, posters and symposia from investigators striving to explicate the multiply motivated nature of relationship behaviors, including the enactment, self-perception and communication of those motives. Thus, this is a call for investigators who are willing to creatively address a multi-level motivational explanatory framework in explicating their relationship research for this venue.

Potential Topic Areas include: (a) attachment and social support, (b) attraction mate-selection and self-expansion; (b) sexual behavior, life history dynamics and pregnancy; (c) competition, conflict and interpersonal violence; (d) emotion regulation, terror management and health behavior; (e) methodological and measurement challenges involved in assessing multi-level motives and (f) other topics offered by creative and insightful IARR members. Thus, this theme is meant to be inclusive, and is intended to tie together many traditional topics in the field of personal relationships through the lens of multi-level motivation.

New Scholars Workshop: A workshop for New Scholars (graduate students, post-docs, instructors and assistant professors) will be offered on October 4. Jennifer Theiss will be coordinating and supplying additional details (Department of Communication, Rutgers University, 4 Huntington St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Submissions: The Program Committee invites proposals for symposia, papers, posters, roundtables, and interest groups on topics relevant to research and practice in social and personal relationships. Detailed information about the conference (e.g., how to submit proposals, how to register for the conference) will be available on the IARR website ( Submissions should be sent electronically via the conference website beginning January 14, 2013. The deadline for submissions is March 18, 2013.

Program and Local Arrangements Committee: Michael Cunningham and Anita Barbee can answer your questions. Please feel free to contact them via email if you have questions/comments about the Call, the conference program, and conference arrangements ( Others on the Committee include: Sue Sprecher (Sociology, Illinois State U), Becky Antle (Marriage and Family Therapy- U of L), Jesse Owen, (Counseling Psychology- U of L) and more.

The International Association for Relationship Research Conference October 4 - 6, 2013, Louisville, Kentucky

Submission Formats

Submissions must be submitted between January 14 and March 18, 2013. Each submission will be blind-reviewed by relationship scholars from various disciplines and geographic regions. Reviewers will evaluate the submissions for quality and conference fit. For each category of submission, the author should indicate precisely how the proposal incorporates the Multi-Level Motivation theme. Some very good submissions that do not incorporate the theme may be accepted, if there is room. A description of the types of submissions and the procedure for submitting proposals is presented below. Because this is a mini-conference, priority will be given to papers, symposia and posters, but it may be possible to accommodate a small number of roundtables or interest group meetings.

Paper: An oral presentation (approximately 10-15 minutes) that summarizes an empirical investigation or theoretical analysis of a topic. Symposium: A collection of oral presentations (3 to 5) that focus on a single topic, problem, or theme, from an empirical and/or theoretical perspective. The symposium may also include a discussant that integrates and critiques the presentations. Poster: A visual presentation (on a 4? by 8? poster) which summarizes an empirical investigation or theoretical analysis of a topic. Roundtable: A one-hour discussion on a specific theme or issue. The roundtable is led by one or two speakers. The speaker(s) could begin with a 10-15 minute presentation that introduces the topic and/or provide(s) materials that help define the issues. Colleagues who attend the roundtable sessions will have opportunities to participate in the discussions. Interest Group Meeting: An opportunity for scholars with common interests and questions to engage in discussion. The group meetings provide opportunities for colleagues to share ideas, ask questions, and explore research initiatives for the purpose of building networks.

Submission Requirements

1. For panel papers and posters, please submit a 500 word abstract. For a symposium, submit a 300-word overview of the symposium summary and a 250-word abstract for each paper. When submitting a symposium, the convener should upload the abstracts for each author under the online symposium option. For roundtables and interest groups, please submit a 250-500 word summary of the proposed discussion topic (in lieu of the traditional abstract). The summary should identify the goals and potential benefits of the roundtable and interest group. For interest groups to be scheduled, at least three individuals must co-author the submission.

2. Submissions must be sent electronically by March 18, 2013 via the conference website (click here). The conference website will provide more detailed information on electronic submission guidelines and procedures.

3. Please periodically log onto the IARR website ( and the conference website for more information about submissions, conference registration, and local arrangements. If you know of others interested in relationship research, please forward this message to them, and also suggest they register for the IARR 2013 conference.

Download the call for papers as a PDF here.


Call for Book Chapter Proposals

A Communicative Perspective on the Military: Messages, Strategies, Meanings

We invite chapter proposals for an edited volume featuring previously unpublished reports of original research on communication and the military. We are interested in proposals featuring contemporary research examining any aspect of the following three topics: 

  • Communication in the military family
  • The military in the media
  • Rhetoric surrounding the military 

Each of the three topics above will constitute a section of the final collection that discipline experts Katheryn Maguire (Wayne State University), Roger Stahl (University of Georgia) and Gordon Mitchell (University of Pittsburgh) will introduce with overarching and integrative literature reviews that offer directions for the field. We invite studies using any established research method (qualitative and/or quantitative). Manuscripts written from all theoretical orientations are welcome. We welcome proposals addressing military concerns related to any country and/or culture. 

Chapter Proposal Guidelines:

1. An extended abstract of 1-3 pages that describes (a) the research and (b) achieves the following purposes:

  • Identify the specific aspect of military and communication your chapter will examine.
  • Provide a summary or outline of your proposed chapter. Within that summary, please include the following elements:
    • Indicate the theory or theories tested or upon which the research is based. 
    • Identify and describe the study’s research methodology. If it is not obvious, describe how and why the selected methodology was appropriate for the study and/or appropriately employed.
    • Acknowledge the inclusion of a brief (one to three paragraphs) “Best Practices” section that describes how communicators might best translate the study’s findings into practice

2. Provide a preliminary bibliography of sources that will be used in the chapter.

3. Your proposal should be accompanied by a published essay you authored, ideally on the subject matter discussed in the chapter proposal. If you are selecting among multiple essays you have published, please send an essay for which you are the lead or sole author.

4. Please provide an up-to-date vita that lists of your publications.

5. Complete proposals (parts 1-4 specified above) are due on or before midnight February 22, 2013. We will select among the proposals and notify submitters of our decisions by March 11, 2013. Completed chapters will be due June 17, 2013.

6. Submissions should be electronic and sent simultaneously to BOTH coeditors <>.

We welcome your questions and inquiries about the edited volume or chapter proposals. Please address your concerns to the editors:

Erin Sahlstein, Ph.D., Dept. of Communication Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas,, Telephone: 702-895-3640. 

Lynne M. Webb, Ph.D., Dept. of Communication, University of Arkansas,, Telephone: 479-575-5956. 


Basic and Applied Psychology at CUNY

We are pleased to announce a new Ph.D. program in Social Psychology at the Graduate Center of City University of New York (CUNY). The Basic and Applied Social Psychology (BASP) program at the CUNY Graduate Center brings together accomplished social psychology faculty from across the CUNY campuses, and is designed to produce rigorous, competent, and creative researchers who are well-versed in the traditional canon of social psychology, but who can apply this knowledge to engage with innovative questions and pursuits.

Several BASP faculty conduct relationships research, studying topics including attachment; gay parenting; rejection; responsiveness; sexual behavior; and stress, support, and coping processes in couples, among others. 

We will be admitting a small group of highly qualified students to the BASP doctoral program in the Fall of 2013. We ask for your help in spreading the word about our new program, and in telling your students about it. The deadline for Fall applications is December 1st.  More details are available at:

Relationship Research News - Fall 2012 Issue Available Now!

The Fall 2012 issue of our newsletter, Relationship Research News, was just released. Download it as a PDF here.


Open Position at Chapman University

Assistant Professor in Health/Quantitative Psychology (Tenure-Track; 2-2 Teaching Load; Area Open)

Below please see the job ad for a new tenure track position at Chapman University. We are seeking a candidate with health research interests (very broadly defined) and with strong quantitative skills (very broadly defined). Exact area of expertise (social, developmental, clinical, etc.) is open. In your application, please be sure to note your specific statistical skills and training (multivariate, SEM, etc) and health interests.

The teaching load is only 2-2 and Psychology is housed within the life sciences, where there is strong support and funding for research. We currently have several researchers in the department who focus on health and relationships, and an additional researcher in this area would be welcomed.  The university emphasizes small classes, teaching excellence, and research productivity. The students are generally very bright and enthusiastic, and the university is ranked #6 among Western Universities with masters programs. The psychology department is growing over the next few years, with a focus on building a core set of research-oriented faculty with health interests. There are Masters (M.S.) students in Health Communication, and Chapman is a few miles from UC-Irvine and Cal State Fullerton, and about an hour from UCLA and UCSD. Please see the job ad below.

Click here for the posting.

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Open Position at Texas Tech University

Assistant or Associate Professor, full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position.

Starting Date: August, 2013.

The department seeks applicants who work within a contextual-developmental–relational framework to advance scholarship in the areas of family/relationship processes or emerging adulthood/adult developmental processes. In line with TTU’s strategic research priorities, the candidate’s research must relate to the health and well-being of individuals and families. Other requirements are a Ph.D. in human development, family studies or a related discipline and evidence of potential for meeting the requirements of the position which include (a) the establishment of a strong research program and external funding; (b) effectiveness in teaching, including mentoring of master’s and doctoral students; and (c) engagement in service/outreach.

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Aug152012 as a Teaching Resource


While at IARR in Chicago we had several conversations with folks about how they already use, or would like to use, as part of their relationships, social psych, or intro psych courses. To help facilitate teachers' use of the site for their classes, we'd like to create a resource guide that includes ideas for how to do that. We were hoping we could draw on some of your expertise to help create this resource.

Specifically, we're looking for any way you use, or think someone could use the site:

  1. In lectures
  2. As supplemental course reading
  3. As part of writing assignments 
  4. As part of projects
  5. other?

Basically, anything you can think of that would help other teachers' use the site as an educational resource will be helpful. Please send any thoughts or materials to Gary Lewandowski ( Thanks!

UPDATE: Check out some ideas about using in your class here.



2012 Conference Photo Album

Wanna relive all the fun of our 2012 conference in Chicago? Check out our photo album here.

Upload your pictures from the conference here and we'll add them to the album.


Call for 'Advances in Personal Relationships'

IARR invites proposals for authored or edited volumes to be included in the Advances in Personal Relationships series, published by Cambridge University Press. The Advances series presents cutting edge research and theory in the field of personal relationships. Books in the Series may include integrative reviews, conceptual pieces, summaries of research programs, and/or major theoretical works. Each volume is devoted to a particular topic or theme. In some cases, commentaries on chapters may be included. Achieving the goal of the Series, to present advances in the field in a manner that will attract and stimulate readers, is more important to IARR than is format. The intent, however, is to balance any variation in format with the need for continuity across volumes in the Series. All proposals will be evaluated by anonymous reviewers selected by Cambridge University Press. Please send proposals to Anita Vangelisti ( Inquiries can be addressed to Anita Vangelisti, Christopher Agnew (, John Caughlin (, or Susan Sprecher ( For examples of previously published volumes, click here.


Thank you, Chicago!

The 2012 IARR conference just concluded in Chicago. Thanks to Lesley Verhofstadt (Ghent University) and Sandra Metts (Illinois State University) for assembling a great program, and to Leah Bryant (DePaul University), Susan Sprecher (Illinois State University), and Ralph Erber (DePaul University) for the local hospitality!

We're already looking forward to our 2014 meeting in Melbourne, Australia.

If you have any pictures of the 2012 conference that you'd like to share (and have posted on the IARR website), upload them here.


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