What is Relationship Science?
Our relationships are a vital component for our health and well-being. Relationships of higher quality are associated with better physical health, mental health, and even life expectancy. Relationship science is an interdisciplinary field that combines the areas of family science, psychology, sociology, communication, anthropology, evolutionary biology, and physiology in order to identify those things that lead to happier, healthier relationships and as a result happier, healthier lives.

In the Relationship Science Lab at Eckerd College we examine relationships as they develop and change over 
time. What attracts one person to another? What leads some couples to go from feelings of passion and butterflies to dislike and dissolution? And others to remain happily committed for decades? To answer these questions we make use of experimental, observational, longitudinal, and physiological methodologies. Furthermore, we have a special focus on the context in which relationships are embedded. For instance, how might the stress experienced at work spill into the home? How might we help couples to become resilient to this stress and protect their relationships? Answering these and other questions will allow us to assist individuals with forming and maintaining happier, healthier relationships.

Interested in Becoming a Relationship Scientist?
Relationship Scientists apply their knowledge of relationships in a variety of areas, including:
  • Academia
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Online dating
  • Marriage and Family therapy
  • Sex therapy
  • Family Life Education
  • Research think tanks
  • Public policy
To join the Relationship Science Lab at Eckerd College, please visit our Researchers page and submit a Research Assistant Application.