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