My research primarily centers on romantic relationship quality and stability. More specifically, I am interested in how couples develop and maintain key relational processes (e.g., stability in commitment and quality) across critical transitions (e.g., the transition to adulthood, the transition to marriage). I often focus on transitions because they provide the opportunity to understand change in relationships given that these critical periods require adjustments in how partners interact and react to each other. To that end, I am also interested in the longitudinal effects of these relational processes on mental health.
My secondary interest is focused on the relational dynamics and mental health of military couples during transitions in the deployment-reintegration cycle. As an extension specialist trained in marriage and family therapy, I am particularly interested in the practical application of research. In my applied work, I strive to develop programs that promote mental health and relationship stability by providing tools to improve relationship quality or by helping individuals safely leave distressing relationships.