Monthly Archives: July 2012

Relationship Researchers Present in Chicago

The biennial International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) conference was held July 12-16 this year in Chicago, bringing together scholars from around the world who study interactions between friends, family members, romantic partners, and married couples, among others. Included among the presenters were a number of faculty members and graduate students from our department. The program and abstracts are available from the conference website.

The following slideshow features some of the sights of Chicago; highlights of a keynote address by Dr. Jacki Fitzpatrick, “Social Support/Social Interference in Meaningful Relationships and Interactions;” highlights of a talk by Dr. Alan Reifman (co-authored with Dr. Sylvia Niehuis), “Seeking the Ideal Most Parsimonious Way to Measure Idealization of One’s Partner and Relationship;” and the festivities of the evening awards reception, held at the Chicago Cultural Center (formerly the city’s public library building). Dr. Fitzpatrick was recognized at the reception for her past presidency of IARR.

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Dr. Fitzpatrick also was involved with two posters, co-authored with graduate students:

  • “A Narrative Psychology Analysis of Relational Rituals in Books about International Adoption” (with Erin Kostina-Ritchey).
  • “Social Network Dynamics in Fan-Celebrity Parasocial Relationships: Fans’ Reactions to Celebrity Divorces” (with Nora Phillips).
Categories: Faculty, Graduate Students, Research

Russell Receives Award for Dissertation

Matt Russell, who completed his Ph.D. in HDFS in late 2010, has received second place in the Texas Tech Graduate School’s Outstanding Dissertation Award competition.  Matt’s dissertation, entitled “Women’s Counter Narrative of Redemption,” focused on recovery from addiction.

Here is a link to the abstract of Matt’s work, which contains a further link to full text of his dissertation. Professor Nancy Bell served as Matt’s dissertation chair.

The graduate school divides all the different graduate majors at Texas Tech into a smaller number of categories. For roughly half of the categories, the dissertation award is given in even-numbered years and for the other half, in odd-numbered years. Under this system, dissertations completed within the past two years are considered. For Matt’s category of Social Sciences, the eligibility period for completed dissertations was July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2012.

Matt is currently a visiting scholar in England, at the University of Cambridge Psychology and Religion Research Group.

Congratulations to Matt and all associated with his dissertation research!

Categories: Graduate-Degree Alumni, Research

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