About Us

In the PAIR lab, we are interested in the ways people maintain positivity (i.e., fun, and excitement) through activities with their partner (e.g., shared leisure, date night) in the context of long term intimate relationships (e.g., dating, marital). More specifically, we study the factors that promote and hinder positive activities in intimate relationships with a focus on pairs (i.e., how couple members interact and influence positive activity engagement).

What’s New?

  • We are pleased to welcome a new PhD graduate student to the PAIR Lab! Erin McCoy is joining us to help the PAIR lab expand to studying adult friendships in addition to intimate relationships.
  • Hannah Brazeau successfully defended her PhD thesis on affectionate touch on Sept. 15, 2021
  • We have posted an infographic with some tips for planning better dates (based on research conducted within the PAIR lab)!
  • Dr. Cheryl Harasymchuk was awarded the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Research Excellence Award for 2021-2022!
  • Dr. Cheryl Harasymchuk recently published a paper in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships examining how approach goals can influence couples’ date nights. Please see the citation below to read the paper!
    • Harasymchuk, C., Walker, D. L., Muise, A., & Impett, E. A. (2021). Planning date nights that promote closeness: The roles of relationship goals and self-expansion. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. doi: 10.1177/02654075211000436
  • Dr. Cheryl Harasymchuk recently published a paper in Personal Relationships examining how relationship expectations can influence relational boredom. Please see the citation below to read the paper!
    • Harasymchuk C., Peetz J., Fehr B., & Chowdhury S. (2020). Worn out relationship? The role of expectations in judgments of relational boredom. Personal Relationships. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/pere.12354
  • Dr. Cheryl Harasymchuk was part of a group of relationship scientists that recently published an article using machine learning technology to combine the data of different relationship studies (Dr. Samantha Joel was the lead author). Please see the citation below to read the paper!
    • Joel, S., Eastwick, P. W., … , Harasymchuk, C., … . (2020). Machine learning uncovers the most robust self-report predictors of relationship quality across 43 longitudinal couples studies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Dr. Cheryl Harasymchuk was also instrumental in the publication of a new paper with her collaborators, Dr. Amy Muise and Dr. Emily Impett. The paper examines sexual desire and relationship satisfaction in couples. Please see the citation below to read the paper!
    • Kim, J. J., Muise, A., Barranti, M., Mark, K. P., Rosen, N. O., Harasymchuk, C., Impett, E. A. (2020). Are couples more satisfied when they match on sexual desire? New insights from response surface analysis. Social Psychological and Personality Sciences. doi: 10.1177/1948550620926770
  • The CU COVID-19 Rapid Research Response Grant was awarded to Dr. Cheryl Harasymchuk and Dr. Nassim Tabri for the project titled The Psychological Consequences of Social Distancing Measures for Single People During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please click here for more information!