Psychology M176: Families and Couples

About The Professor


For the past 15 years, Dr. Karney has been studying change and stability in intimate relationships, especially in the early years of marriage. His research has focused on cognitive and behavioral processes of relationship maintenance, and especially the ways that stress external to the couple can facilitate or constrain those processes. His research relies upon longitudinal data, repeated measures, multi-level modeling, and observational coding of couple interactions.



Benjamin Karney is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an adjunct behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. He is an expert on interpersonal relationships, especially marriage, and has done extensive research on how relationship processes and interactions are constrained or enhanced by the contexts in which they take place. Currently this includes research on marriages in the military, funded by the Department of Defense, and marriages in low-income populations, funded by the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development. Before returning to Los Angeles, he served as a tenured member of the faculty of the psychology department at the University of Florida, where his research examined change and stability in early marriage, focusing on the processes through which initially satisfying marriages either remain satisfying or deteriorate over time. He has been the director and principle investigator of the Florida Project on Newlywed Marriage and Adult Development (FPNMAD), a series of longitudinal studies of the first years of marriage, and in 2003, he conducted the baseline survey of marriage and families for the state of Florida as part of their initiative to strengthen families. He is also an expert consultant for the Strengthening Healthy Marriage project, an 8-year national experimental study of marital interventions for low-income populations, sponsored by the Administration on Children and Families. He has twice been the recipient of the National Council on Family Relation’s Reuben Hill Research and Theory Award for outstanding contributions to family science.

Benjamin Karney
Benjamin Karney
Name: Benjamin Karney
Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Website: http://www.psych.ucla.edu/faculty/faculty_page?id=131&area=7