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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.


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 and the Advisory Board of the National Healthy Marriage Research Center.

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

Honeymoonus interruptus

  • By: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.
  • “Sure, I can answer that question, easy.” Anne was in her early 40s, sitting next to her husband on a couch in my lab, cameras rolling. Beginning a few ...


We? Oui.


The sexiest part of the human body

  • By: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.
  • “What is the sexiest part of the human body?” screamed the headline of a full-page movie advertisement in the Sunday New York Times.  The title of the ...