Department of Psychology

Jean-Philippe Laurenceau

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University


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Jean-Philippe Laurenceau

Intimacy processes in close relationships; intensive longitudinal methods; applied multilevel modeling

Being in close relationships is a primal human experience. Indeed, many of the activities and goals most central to humans involve the initiation, development, and maintenance of close relationships. My primary area of scholarly interest concerns close relationships. This work has two facets: basic research on close relationship processes (e.g., intimacy processes, relational approach/avoidance sensitivities) and applied research on interventions targeting the prevention of the real-world problem of relationship dysfunction. A secondary area of scholarly interest is in the application of modern quantitative methods for the assessment and analysis of change. The study of change processes cuts across several areas and is the basis of much empirical psychological inquiry. In sum, I believe that my major interests lie at the intersection of clinical psychology and social/personality psychology.

Biographical Statement:

Dr. Jean-Philippe Laurenceau is Professor of Psychology at the University of Delaware. He completed his B.A. cum laude at Cornell University and received his master's and doctorate degrees from The Pennsylvania State University. His research interests focus on understanding the processes by which partners in marital and romantic relationships develop and maintain intimacy within the context of everyday life. His methodological interests include intensive longitudinal methods for studying close relationship processes and applications of modern methods for the analysis of change in individuals and dyads. He is an appointed member of the Social, Personality, and Interpersonal Processes grant review panel of the National Institutes of Health, and has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and Journal of Family Psychology. Dr. Laurenceau has been principal investigator or co-investigator on research projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Cancer Institute.

Representative Publications

Laurenceau, J-P. , Feldman Barrett, L., & Rovine, M. J. (2005). The interpersonal process model of intimacy in marriage: A daily–diary and multilevel modeling approach. Journal of Family Psychology 19, 314-323.

Laurenceau, J-P. , & Bolger, N. (2005). Using diary methods to study marital and family processes. Special Issue on Methodology in Family Science: Journal of Family Psychology, 19, 86-97.

Laurenceau, J-P. , Rivera, L. M., Schaffer, A., & Pietromonaco, P. R. (2004).  Intimacy as an interpersonal process: Current status and future directions (p. 61-78). In D. Mashek & A. Aron (Eds.), Handbook of closeness and intimacy. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Laurenceau, J-P. , Stanley, S. M., Olmos-Gallo, A., Baucom, B., & Markman, H. J. (2004).  Community-based prevention of marital dysfunction: Multilevel modeling of a randomized effectiveness study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 933-943.

Laurenceau, J-P. , Feldman Barrett, L. A., & Pietromonaco, P. R. (1998).  Intimacy as an interpersonal process: The importance of self-disclosure and perceived partner responsiveness in interpersonal exchanges.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74, 1238-1251.

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