My primary research objective as a family scientist is to understand how couples negotiate their relationships across many different roles, dimensions, and contexts in such a way as to live healthy, productive, and virtuous lives. For example, partners are wage earners, household managers, and companions. Following the birth of a child they are also parents and coparents. Some of these roles also persist even if the romantic relationship dissolves. Each of these different roles influences couples’ relationships and health; couple relationships also have meaning for their child(ren) and his or her health and development.
My overarching research objective is to answer the following questions: how do parents and partners (both partnered or separated) interact in their multiple roles?; what influences the way couples come together and progress in their many roles?; what child and couple outcomes of health and well-being result from these different patterns of interaction?; and what individual, couple, and family characteristics, virtues, and transition points are important to both the content and process of preventative intervention efforts? In answering these questions, I acknowledge the importance of using multiple sources of data from individuals in multiple contexts and employing multiple methods and research designs.
In conducting my research, I have knowledge and experience in advanced multivariate statistics and methods, including structural equation, longitudinal, dyadic, and latent class analyses. Indeed, one of my secondary research interests is quantitative research methodology and the related epistemological questions and implications for family science.