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Healthy Couples Lab


​​Our lab is focused on understanding how relationship partners affect each other’s health behavior. We take an approach of describing patterns of behavior, building models to predict behavior, and developing interventions to change behavior and further refine our theory about behavior change and maintenance.

One natural time when people’s daily health behaviors are likely to change is when they experience life transitions such as a move to a new environment or a schedule change. We are interested in understanding how people’s daily health habits may change when they experience a life transition with another person such as getting married or having children. We study this process from the perspective of both relationship partners.

Click on the link to the left to find out what current studies we are conducting!