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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 list among the top listed among top 25 psychologists in 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. Some recent grants include studies on a national model of relationship education for young adults (PI) ($2,612,104) 2006-2011, romantic relationship development from adolescence to young adulthood Co-PI ($142,103) 2011-2012, prayer in close relationships: Impact on relationship and physical health ($1,129,595) 2011-2014, and calibrating partner regulation in marriage.co-PI ($663,288) 2012-2015

Education:

  • 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

 

 

Grants:

  • 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.
  • Substance abuse in families, particularly the impact of parent training in the treatment of paternal alcohol and dependence.

Selected Publications:

  • Fincham, F.D., Lambert, N.M., & Beach, S.R.H. (in press). Faith and unfaithfulness: Can praying for your partner reduce infidelity? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Fincham, F.D., & Rogge, R. (in press). Understanding relationship quality: Theoretical challenges and new tools for assessment. Journal of Family Theory and Review.
  • 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., & Beach, S.R.H. (2010). Of memes and marriage: Towards a positive relationship science. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2, 4-24
  • Lambert, N.M, Fincham, F.D., Marks, L.D. & Stillman, T.F.(2010). Invocations and intoxication: Does prayer decrease alcohol consumption? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24, 209-219.
  • Owen, J. & Fincham, F.D. (in press). Effects of gender and psychosocial factors on‘‘Friends with Benefits’’ relationships among young adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior.
  • Owen, J., Rhoades, G., Stanley, S., & Fincham, F.D. (2010). Hooking up: Relationship differences and psychological correlates. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 553-563.
  • 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., 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..
  • Braithwaite, S., & Fincham, F.D. (2009). A randomized clinical trial of a computer based preventive intervention: Replication and extension of ePREP. Journal of Family Psychology,23,32-38.
  • Hall, J.H., & Fincham, F.D. (2009). Psychological distress: Precursor or consequence of dating infidelity? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 143-59
  • Lambert, N.L., Graham, S., & Fincham, F.D. (2009). A prototype analysis of gratitude: Varieties of gratitude experiences. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1193-1207.
  • Selby, E.A., Braithwaite, S. R., Joiner, T.E., & Fincham, F.D. (2008). Perceived childhood emotional invalidation, features of borderline personality disorder, and dysfunction within current romantic relationships. Journal of Family Psychology,22, 885-893.
  • Cui, M., Fincham, F.D., & Pasley, B.K. (2008). Young adult romantic relationships: The role of parents' marital problems and relationship efficacy. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1226-35.
  • Fincham,F.D., Cui, M., Braithwaite, S.R., & Pasley, K. (2008). Attitudes towards intimate partner violence in dating relationships. Psychological Assessment,20, 260-69.
  • Maio, G.R., Thomas, G., Fincham, F.D., & Carnelley, K. (2008). Unraveling the role of forgiveness in family relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 69, 275-292.

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

Courses Taught:

  • Close Relationships
  • Advanced Research Methods

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