Welcome to Relevate

We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners who are on a mission to make research-based information about interpersonal relationships accessible to all. As part of this mission, we are creating a website and smart phone app that can be tailored to meet the needs of each user. We believe healthy relationships are worth working for. Do you?

When Relationships "Churn"

The feeling of uncertainty about where you stand with a romantic partner can make you feel like your life is churning. Find out what the research says on how to decide to end the relationship for good or try again.

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Topics:
  • Breaking Up
    What we know about break ups. The process of leaving and recovering from the ending of a relationship
    Commitment
    The role of commitment in romantic relationships and how to navigate it
    Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Ex-partners
    Understanding and managing the impact of ex-partners still in the picture (as friends, co-workers, or co-parents)
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
  • Relfies and your Relationship

    Do your "relfies," or relationship selfies, say something to the world about your romantic relationship? Yes, they do!

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    When unconditional support hurts...

    As good as it feels to have those we love tell us we were right when we tell them about a conflict we've had with someone else, it can limit our ability to achieve healthy relationships. Read other ways to respond that help us grow instead!

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    Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Maintaining Self in Relationships
    Balancing personal and relationship identity development
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship
  • Misogyny Isn’t Cute, But Neither is Misandry

    Misogyny is bad for everyone, but man-hating (misandry - not Feminism) will not fix the issues that stem from patriarchy. So what is a "Feminist," really? We delve into the 5 stages of a Feminist Identity development and concrete do's and don't''s for how to advocate for a better world for men & women.

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    Topics:
  • Discrimination
    Recognizing and responding to the impact of implicit and explicit discrimination on and within relationships
  • Tips for Talking with Your Child About Sex

    Just saying the words aren't enough. The quality of your conversations about sex can make a huge difference!

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    Family Relationships Impact Teen Depression

    Family relationships impact depression symptoms experienced by teenagers and young adults- learn how influences differ for boys and girls!

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    Topics:
  • Mental Health & Personal Development
    Understanding and maximizing what each person brings to their romantic relationships and how relationships impact our mental health
    Parenting/Transition to Parenthood
    Recognizing the interaction between parenting and romantic relationship quality and how to sustain your relationship throughout the life stage of parenthood
  • Empowerment of Women: Guest Speaker Michelle Washburn-Busk at the Women of Light Conference

    In a culture that often accepts the myth of gender equality, what are the obvious and subtle ways that women are disempowered? What are the costs of these forms of sexism? Join Michelle Washburn-Busk as she answers these questions and provides the four ingredients to gender equality that promote female empowerment.

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    Topics:
  • Mental Health & Personal Development
    Understanding and maximizing what each person brings to their romantic relationships and how relationships impact our mental health
    Values
    Recognizing and understanding how partners’ values (e.g., adventure, commitment, humor, etc.) influence expectations and behaviors in romantic relationships
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