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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)

Is Monogamy Possible?

  • By: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.
  • Amidst an unceasing media-fueled stream of reports about infidelity, it is natural to wonder whether it is even possible for two people in a committed ...

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Couples’ Best Strategies For Managing Stress

  • By: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.
  • Relationships give our lives meaning, and in tough economic times our marriages and families are more important than ever. But with the economy struggling ...

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Is you is or is you ain’t my baby?

  • By: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.
  • When Louis Jordan asked this grammar-busting question in his popular song from 1944, he knew something that relationship scientists would not discover for ...

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Defrosting the chicken, pursuing the dream

  • By: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.
  • What would scientists learn about your family if they camped out in your home for a few days?  Turns out the answer is not so obvious.  ...

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My fault, your fault, default?

  • By: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.
  • In his short story in a recent issue of New Yorker, Julian Barnes captures the subtle shifts of attention and the nuances of emotion that transform two ...

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Testing, testing: How does living together affect a marriage?

  • By: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.
  • Statistically, your 26 year-old daughter is fast approaching the average age for marriage in the United States. One day she tells you that she and her ...

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