People

THOMAS BRADBURY is a Professor of Clinical Psychology. 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 100 research articles 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. Bradbury is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at eHarmony.com, and he is an affiliated professor at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He speaks regularly at universities and conferences in the US, and he has presented his research findings in London, Cambridge, Tel Aviv, Milan, Heidelberg, Zurich, Geneva, Wellington, Christchurch, Toronto, and Vancouver.


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

HANNAH WILLIAMSON is a fifth year graduate student in Clinical Psychology. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2008 and an MA in Clinical Psychology from UCLA in 2011. She is currently an NSF predoctoral fellow.



GRACE JACKSON is a fourth year graduate student in Social Psychology. She received BAs in Psychology and Communication from the University of Southern California in 2007 and an MA in General Psychology from New York University in 2011.





TERESA NGUYEN is a second year graduate student in Clinical Psychology. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Stanford University in 2013. She is currently an NSF predoctoral fellow.










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.






Lab Associates

ROBERT PAUL is a fourth year undergraduate student in Psychology. He also works for the UCLA Intergroup Relations Program and currently facilitates a year-long series of student dialogues on gender differences in intimate relationships and dating.






AtinaATINA MANVELIAN recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelors in biological anthropology and psychological brain sciences. Having worked in many labs and currently a research assistant for the Marriage Lab at UCLA, Atina hopes to continue studying intimate relationships at a Clinical Psychology PhD program next fall.