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Awards and Credentials

  1. Reuben Hill Award for Research and Theory on Marriage and the Family, National Council on Family Relations, 1995, 1997
  2. Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, American Psychological Association, 1998
  3. Distinguished Teaching Award, UCLA Department of Psychology, 2000
  4. Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring New Scholars, International Association for Relationship Research, 2002

Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.

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Trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Illinois, Dr. Bradbury studies how intimate relationships develop and change. His work demonstrates that change in relationship satisfaction is a product of the unique characteristics that partners bring to the relationship, how couples convey understanding and caring to one another, and the circumstances that promote and inhibit expressions of closeness.

Dr. Bradbury has published more than 100 articles on marriage and the promotion of healthy relationships, with funding support from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Science Foundation, and the Alfred Sloan Foundation.

With Benjamin Karney, Dr. Bradbury recently created the Relationship Institute at UCLA to provide couples with engaging, research-based seminars on the best ways to keep their relationships vibrant and strong. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at eHarmony.com and the Advisory Board of the National Healthy Marriage Research Center.

Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.'s Content (Recent - Older)

Building Great Relationships: Simple, But Not Easy

  • By: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.
  • On Tuesday August 24th, at 2 pm Eastern and 11 am Pacific, Thomas Bradbury and Benjamin Karney will present a 1-hour webinar in the ‘This Emotional Life’ ...

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What are Parents Really Juggling?

  • By: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.
  • A parent’s love for a child surely is one of nature’s great treasures.  Our very sense of who we are is transformed irrevocably when we become parents, ...

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Which Conflicts Consume Couples the Most?

  • By: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.
  • According to one widely-held view on couple relationships, how you argue is far more important than what you happen to be arguing about.  Sex, careers, ...

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Does Couple Therapy Work?

  • By: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.
  • Surveys show that relationship problems are a leading reason – and perhaps THE leading reason – why anyone seeks help for personal issues in the United ...

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Does Viagra Improve Relationships?

  • By: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.
  • Psychologists have long taken comfort in believing that unhappiness in relationships is one of the few problems they face that is unlikely to be fixed by ...

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Major League Miscommunication

  • By: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.
  • The contentious divorce of Frank and Jamie McCourt is very much in the news in Los Angeles.  Married for 30 years, the McCourt’s high-profile divorce ...

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