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

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