THOMAS BRADBURY is a Professor of Psychology at UCLA. After earning his PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1990 from the University of Illinois, he moved to Los Angeles to start the Marriage and Family Development Laboratory at UCLA. Since then, Bradbury and his team have conducted several longitudinal studies that help explain how marriages change and how couples can keep their relationship healthy and strong. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation, Bradbury and his collaborators have published more than 140 research articles, an undergraduate textbook on intimate relationships, and three edited books, including The Psychology of Marriage. Recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCLA Psychology Department, Bradbury has also been honored with several awards for his research on marriage and intimate relationships, including the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Achievements from the American Psychological Association and, in 2013, an honorary doctorate from Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. Bradbury has served as an expert advisor on government initiatives to promote healthy relationships in the US and Australia, and several of his graduate students and post-doctoral fellows have gone on to hold tenure-track positions, including Rebecca Cobb at Simon Fraser University, Joanne Davila at Stony Brook University, Matthew Johnson at Binghamton University, Benjamin Karney at UCLA, Justin Lavner at the University of Georgia, Erika Lawrence at the University of Arizona, Ronald Rogge at the University of Rochester, Dominik Schoebi at the University of Fribourg, and Kieran Sullivan at Santa Clara University.

BENJAMIN KARNEY is a Professor of Social Psychology. After receiving his doctorate in Social Psychology from UCLA in 1997, he joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida, where he was director of the Florida Project on Newlywed Marriage and Adult Development. In 2004, he returned to Los Angeles where he continues to study how relationships are constrained or enhanced by the environments in which they take place. To date, this research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Administration on Children and Families, and the Fetzer Institute. Dr. Karney is co-author of an undergraduate textbook and video series on Intimate Relationships used by relationship experts around the world.

While consulting on family issues for a range of clients, Karney serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marriage and Family, the Journal of Family Issues, the Journal of Family Psychology, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. In addition to numerous awards for his teaching, Karney has twice received the National Council on Family Relation's Reuben Hill Research and Theory Award for outstanding contributions to family science.

Graduate Students

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TERESA NGUYEN is a sixth year graduate student in Clinical Psychology. She received a BA in Psychology from Stanford University in 2013 and an MA in Clinical Psychology from UCLA in 2014. She is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at the VA Northern California Health Care System.

JULIA HAMMETT is a fourth year graduate student in Clinical Psychology. She received both her BA and MA in Psychology from San Diego State University in 2013 and 2015.

JACLYN ROSS is a fourth year graduate student in Clinical Psychology. She received a BS in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015.

VICTOR KAUFMAN is a fourth year graduate student in Social Psychology. He received his MA in psychology from Pepperdine University in 2015 and, previously, graduated from NYU School of Law and received a BA from Queens College.

LUCY SHEN is a third year graduate student in Social Psychology. She received a BS in Psychology and Biological Sciences and a minor in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016.

Lab Affiliates

JUSTIN LAVNER is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on how newlyweds' marital satisfaction changes, the processes underlying these changes, and the factors that put individuals and couples at risk for poor marital outcomes and family and mental health issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations.

is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on strengthening families, particularly among under-served groups, including low-income and ethnic minority couples.