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Frank Fincham

Eminent Scholar; Director, FSU Family Institute
Dr. Frank Fincham
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Fincham’s research focuses on understanding marriage/partnerships, particularly cognitive processes involved in conflict and the impact of interparental conflict/divorce on children. It has been complemented by two more recent research programs on forgiveness and on prayer in close relationships. In the process of investigating romantic relationships, Fincham has also provided conceptual analyses and new measures of central constructs such as relationship quality. Most recently, he has begun to investigate emerging adulthood, focusing particularly on school burnout, hooking up and friends with benefits. Finally, he is integrating hemodynamics and cardiac functioning into his research on families.

Since its inception, Fincham’s research has been recognized by multiple awards from professional societies. As a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University he was named “Young Social Psychologist of the Year” by the British Psychological Society. This society later conferred one of its highest awards on him for "distinguished contributions to psychological knowledge." Other awards include the Berscheid-Hatfield Career Award for "sustained, substantial, and distinguished contributions to the field of personal relationships" (International Network on Personal Relationships). A Fellow of five different professional societies, he has been listed among the top 25 psychologists in the world based on number of citations per published article.

Fincham is most passionate about working with and mentoring younger scholars with whom he publishes regularly.


  • D. Phil., Social Psychology, Oxford University, 1980
  • Post Doc and M.A., Clinical Psychology, SUNY Stony Brook, 1982
  • M.A.,    Developmental Psychology, Witwatersrand, 1977
  • B.A.,    (Hons), Witwatersrand, 1975
  • B.A.,    University of Natal, 1974


  • Deity prototypes in individuals and families  (PI) ($208,181) 2015-2017
  • Calibrating partner regulation in marriage (Co-PI) ($663,288) 2011-2014
  • Prayer in close relationships (PI) ($1,129,595) 2012-2015
  • Romantic relationship development from adolescence to young adulthood Co-PI ($142,103) 2011-2012
  • The impact of intercessory prayer on marital outcomes (Co-PI) ($1,129,825) 2005-2008
  • Efficacy of Program for Strong African American Marriages (PI) ($769,935) 2005-2009
  • A national model of relationship education for young adults (PI) ($2,612,104) 2006-2011

Research Interests:

  • Personal relationships: marriage/partnerships, particularly cognitive processes involved in conflict. The impact of interparental conflict/divorce on children.
  • Forgiveness in families.

Selected Publications:

  • Fincham, F.D. (in press). Facilitating forgiveness using group and community interventions. In S. Joseph (Ed.), Positive Psychology in Practice 2nd Edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wliey.
  • Fincham, F. D. & Beach, S. R. H. (in press). I say a little prayer for you: Prayer increases commitment in romantic relationships.  Journal of Family Psychology
  • May, R.W., Sanchez-Gonzalez, M.A., Hawkins, K.A., Batchelor, W.B., & Fincham, F.D. (in press). Effects of anger and trait forgiveness on cardiovascular risk in young adult women. American Journal of Cardiology
  • Sanchez-Gonzalez, M., May, R.W.,Koutnik, A.P.,Fincham, F.D. (in press). Impact of negative affectivity and trait forgiveness on aortic blood pressure and coronary circulation. Psychophysiology
  • DeWall, C.N., Pond, R.S., Carter, E.C., McCullough, M.E., Lambert, N.M., & Fincham, F.D. (2014). Explaining the relationship between religiousness and substance use: Self-control matters. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107, 339-351.
  • May, R.W., Sanchez-Gonzalez, M.A. & Fincham, F.D. (in press).  School burnout: Increased sympathetic vasomotor tone and attenuated ambulatory diurnal blood pressure variability in young adult women. Stress: The International Journal on the Biology of Stress
  • Mc Nulty, J, & Fincham, F.D. (2012). Beyond Positive Psychology? Toward a contextual view of psychological processes and well-being. American Psychologist, 67, 101-110.
  • Pond, R.S., DeWall, C.N., Lambert, N.M.,  Deckman, T.,  Bonser, I.M., & Fincham, F.D. (2012). Repulsed by violence: Disgust sensitivity buffers trait, behavioral, and daily aggression. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 175-188.
  • Slotter, E.B., Finkel, E.J., DeWall, C.N. Pond, R.S., Lambert, N.M., Bodenhausen, G.V., & Frank D. Fincham, F.D. (2012). Putting the brakes on aggression toward a romantic partner:The inhibitory influence of relationship commitment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 291-305
  • Braithwaite, S., & Fincham, F.D. (2011). Computer based dissemination: A randomized clinical trial of ePREP using the actor partner interdependence model. Behavior Research and Therapy. 49, 126-13
  • Braithwaite, S., Selby, E., & Fincham, F.D. (2011). Forgiveness and relationship satisfaction: Mediating mechanisms. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 551-559.
  • Fincham, F.D., Stanley, S.M., & Rhoades, G (2011). Relationship education in emerging adulthood: Problems and prospects. In F.D. Fincham& M. Cui (Eds.) Romantic Relationships in Emerging Adulthood (pp. 293-316). Cambridge University Press.
  • Owen, J. & Fincham, F.D. (2011). Effects of gender and psychosocial factors on ‘‘Friends with Benefits’’ relationships among young adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 311-320.
  • Owen, J., & Fincham, F.D. (2011). Young adults’ emotional reactions after hooking up encounters. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 321-330.
  • Vennum, A., & Fincham, F.D. (2011). Assessing decision making in young adult romantic relationships. Psychological Assessment, 23, 739-751.
  • Fincham, F.D., & Beach, S.R.H. (2010). Of memes and marriage: Towards a positive relationship science. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2, 4-24.
  • Fincham, F.D., & Beach, S.R.H. (2010). Marriage in the new millennium: A decade in review. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 630-649.
  • Fincham, F.D., & Rogge, R. (2010). Understanding relationship quality: Theoretical challenges and new tools for assessment. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2, 227-242
  • Lambert, N.M., Clark, M., Durtschi, J., Fincham, F.D., Graham, S. (2010). Benefits of expressing gratitude: Expressing gratitude to a partner changes the expresser’s view of the relationship. Psychological Science, 21, 574-580.
  • Lambert , N.M., Fincham, F.D., Stillman, T.F., Graham, S.M., & Beach, S.R.M. (2010). Motivating change in relationships: Can prayer increase forgiveness? Psychological Science, 21, 126– 132
  • Paleari, F. G, Regalia, C., & Fincham, F.D. (2009). Measuring offence-specific forgiveness in marriage: The Marital Offence-specific Forgiveness Scale (MOFS). Psychological assessment, 21, 194-209.

Professional Memberships:

  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
  • Fellow, British Psychological Society
  • Fellow, National Council for Family Relations

Selected Awards/Honors:

  • Rhodes Scholar, 1977-1980
  • Young Social Psychologist of the Year, British Psychological Society, 1979
  • W. T. Grant Faculty Scholar, 1986-1991
  • Gerald R. Miller Award for Early Career Achievements, International Network on Personal Relationships, 1989
  • Elected Fellow, American Psychological Society, 1989
  • Elected Fellow, American Psychological Association, 1990
  • Finalist, Reuben Hill Award, National Council on Family Relations , 1992
  • Berscheid-Hatfield Career Award, for "sustained, substantial, and distinguished contributions to the field of personal relationships" International Network on Personal Relationships, 1993
  • Elected Fellow, British Psychological Society,1994
  • Elected Fellow, American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, 1995
  • Listed among top 25 psychologists in world. Criterion: number of citations per published article (American Psychology Society Observer, January, 1996)
  • President's Award, for "Distinguished contributions to psychological knowledge" British Psychological Society, 1996
  • Fellow, Nuffield Foundation, 1996-1997
  • Elected Fellow, National Council for Family Relations, 1998
  • Selected to initiate annual "Distinguished Scholar Article" in Personal Relationships, International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships, 2000
  • Appointed as SUNY Distinguished Professor, 2002
  • Elected President of the International Association For Relationship Research, 2007