Frank D. Fincham

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Eminent Scholar, Ph.D., Oxford University, 1980

Office: 310 Longmire

Phone: (850) 644-4914

Statement of Research Interests:

Frank Fincham's interests span clinical, developmental and social psychological perspectives in the study of personal relationships. Research programs have been undertaken on:

  • marriage/partnership, particularly cognitive processes involved in conflict
  • the impact of interparental conflict/divorce on children
  • forgiveness, particularly in family relationships, and
  • substance abuse and the family, particularly the impact of parent training in the treament of paternal alcohol dependence .

A former Rhodes Scholar, Frank has received numerous awards for his research including:

  • President's Award for "distinguished contributions to psychological knowledge" ( British Psychological Society)
  • Berscheid-Hatfield Award for "sustained, substantial, and distinguished contributions to the field of personal relationships" (International Network on Personal Relationships).

His work has placed him among the top 25 psychologists in the world in terms of impact (number of citations per published article).

Recent Representative Publications:

  • Cui, M., Ueno, K., Fincham, F.D., Donnellan, M. B., & Wickrama, K.A.S. (2012). The association between romantic relationships and externalizing problems in adolescence and emerging adulthood. Personal Relationships, 19, 354-366.
  • Mc Nulty, J, & Fincham, F.D. (2012). Beyond Positive Psychology? Toward a contextual view of psychological processes and well-being. American Psychologist, 67, 101-110.
  • Pond, R.S., DeWall, C.N., Lambert, N.M.,  Deckman, T.,  Bonser, I.M., & Fincham, F.D. (2012). Repulsed by violence: Disgust sensitivity buffers trait, behavioral, and daily aggression. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 175-188.
  • Slotter, E.B., Finkel, E.J., DeWall, C.N. Pond, R.S., Lambert, N.M., Bodenhausen, G.V., & Frank D. Fincham, F.D. (2012). Putting the brakes on aggression toward a romantic partner:The inhibitory influence of relationship commitment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 291-305
  • Van Orden, K.A., Braithwaite, S., Anestis, M., Merrill Timmons, K., Fincham, F.D., Joiner, T.E., & Lewinsohn, P. M. (2012). An exploratory investigation of marital functioning and order of spousal onset in couples concordant for psychopathology. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38, 308-319.
  • Braithwaite, S., & Fincham, F.D. (2011). Computer based dissemination: A randomized clinical trial of ePREP using the actor partner interdependence model. Behavior Research and Therapy. 49, 126-13
  • Braithwaite, S., Selby, E., & Fincham, F.D. (2011). Forgiveness and relationship satisfaction: Mediating mechanisms. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 551-559.
  • Fincham, F.D., Ajayi, C & Beach, S.R.H. (2011). Spirituality and marital satisfaction in African American couples. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 3, 259-268.
  • Fincham, F.D., Stanley, S.M., & Rhoades, G (2011). Relationship education in emerging adulthood: Problems and prospects. In F.D. Fincham& M. Cui (Eds.) Romantic Relationships in Emerging Adulthood (pp. 293-316). Cambridge University Press.
  • Owen, J. & Fincham, F.D. (2011). Effects of gender and psychosocial factors on‘‘Friends with Benefits’’ relationships among young adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 311-320.
  • Owen, J., & Fincham, F.D. (2011). Young adults’ emotional reactions after hooking up encounters. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 321-330.
  • Vennum, A., & Fincham, F.D. (2011). Assessing decision making in young adult romantic relationships. Psychological Assessment, 23, 739-751.
  • Fincham, F.D., & Beach, S.R.H. (2010). Of memes and marriage: Towards a positive relationship science. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2, 4-24.
  • Fincham, F.D., & Beach, S.R.H. (2010). Marriage in the new millennium: A decade in review. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 630-649.
  • Fincham, F.D., & Rogge, R. (2010). Understanding relationship quality: Theoretical challenges and new tools for assessment. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2, 227-242
  • Lambert, N.M., Clark, M., Durtschi, J., Fincham, F.D., Graham, S. (2010). Benefits of expressing gratitude: Expressing gratitude to a partner changes the expresser’s view of the relationship. Psychological Science, 21, 574-580.
  • Lambert , N.M., Fincham, F.D., Stillman, T.F., Graham, S.M., & Beach, S.R.M. (2010). Motivating change in relationships: Can prayer increase forgiveness? Psychological Science, 21, 126– 132
  • Lambert, N.M, Fincham, F.D., Marks, L.D. & Stillman, T.F.(2010).  Invocations and intoxication: Does prayer decrease alcohol consumption? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24, 209-219.
  • Paleari, F. G, Regalia, C., & Fincham, F.D. (2009). Measuring offence-specific forgiveness in marriage: The Marital Offence-specific Forgiveness Scale (MOFS). Psychological assessment, 21, 194-209.
  • Braithwaite, S., & Fincham, F.D. (2009). A randomized clinical trial of a computer based preventive intervention: Replication and extension of ePREP. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 32-38.
  • Hall, J.H., & Fincham, F.D. (2009). Psychological distress: Precursor or consequence of dating infidelity? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 143-59.
  • Lambert, N.L., Graham, S., & Fincham, F.D. (2009). A prototype analysis of gratitude: Varieties of gratitude experiences. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1193-1207.
  • Fincham, F.D., Cui, M., Braithwaite, S.R., & Pasley, K. (2008). Attitudes towards intimate partner violence in dating relationships. Psychological Assessment, 20, 260-269.
  • Maio, G.R., Thomas, G., Fincham, F.D., & Carnelley, K. (2008). Unraveling the role of forgiveness in family relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 307-319.

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