Department of Psychology and Brain Science

Jean-Philippe Laurenceau

Professor of Psychology


Senior Research Scientist, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute, Christiana Care Health System 

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University


110 Wolf Hall
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LIFE: Laboratory of Interpersonal Functioning and Experience (004McKinly)
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Jean-Philippe Laurenceau

Intimacy Processes in Close Relationships; Couples Coping with Cancer; Intensive Longitudinal Methods


Being in close relationships is a primal human experience. Indeed, many of the goals and activities most central to human life involve the initiation, development, and maintenance of close relationships. My primary area of scholarly interest consists of using Intensive Longitudinal Methods ( to examine social and behavioral processes within the context of everyday life. 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, social/health, and quantitative psychology.

In the UD Laboratory for Interpersonal Functioning and Experience (aka LIFE), we have been focusing on how couples confronting significant life transition or adversity (e.g., breast cancer) cope with everyday stressors, support each other, maintain intimacy/connectedness, and how these processes may contribute to short-term and long-term adaptation. We also capitalize on modern statistical methods for studying change processes in both individual and dyads in ways that capture the inherent, multiple interdependencies in data of this kind. Our current major project, in collaboration with the Helen F. Graham Cancer and Research Institute, Christiana Care Health System, is an intensive longitudinal investigation into the temporal course, contextual influences, and consequences of fear of recurrence in the everyday lives of breast cancer patients and their spouses/partners during the first year post-diagnosis.

Biographical Statement:

Dr. Jean-Philippe Laurenceau is Professor of Psychology at the University of Delaware and Senior Research Scientist at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute. He completed a B.A. cum laude in Psychology from Cornell University and received his masters 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. 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. He is currently consulting editor for Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

Grant Funding


National Institute of Mental Health

National Cancer Insititute

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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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