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Cheryl Harasymchuk (Sabbatical)


Degrees:Ph.D. (Manitoba)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3056
Office:B545 Loeb Building
Website:PAIR Lab

Research Interests

I am interested in how people maintain happy relationships (e.g., dating, marital, friendship) and the associated challenges. One line of my research focuses on relational boredom, namely, how people come to be bored in their relationships, the effects that boredom has on the relationship, and how people cope. My second line of research centers on the engagement of novel couple activities and people’s expectations for excitement in relationships. Additionally, I have research interests related to different types of love, including compassionate love, as well as friendship maintenance.


Muise, A., Harasymchuk, C., Day, L., Bacev-Giles, C., Gere, J., & Impett, E. (in press). Broadening your horizons: Self-expanding activities promote desire and satisfaction in established romantic relationships, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Harasymchuk, C. & Fehr, B. (2018). Responses to dissatisfaction in friendships and romantic relationships: An interpersonal script analysis. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. DOI: 10.1177/0265407518769451

Fehr, B., & Harasymchuk, C. (2018). A prototype matching model of satisfaction in same-sex friendships. Personal Relationships, 24, 683-693.

Fehr, B., & Harasymchuk, C. (2018). The role of friendships in well-being. In J. Maddux’s (Ed.). Social psychological foundations of well-being and life satisfaction. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Paynter, A. & Harasymchuk, C. (Winter 2017). Attachment anxiety as a barrier to the benefits of novel couple activities, Journal sur l’Identité, les Relations Interpersonnelles et les Relations Intergroupes (JIRIRI).

Harasymchuk, C., Cloutier, A., Peetz, J., & Lebreton, J. (2017). Spicing up the relationship? The effects of relational boredom on shared activities. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 34(6), 833-854.

Brazeau, H. & Harasymchuk, C. (2015). Long-distance vs. geographically-close relationships: The role of maintenance and attachment styles in shaping relationship quality, Journal sur l’Identité, les Relations Interpersonnelles et les Relations

Fehr, B., Harasymchuk, C., & Sprecher, S. (2014). Compassionate Love in Romantic Relationships: A Review and Some New Findings, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31, 575-600.

Harasymchuk, C., & Fehr, B., (2013). A prototype based analysis of relational boredom, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 627-646.

Harasymchuk, C., & Fehr, B. (2012). Development of a prototype-based measure of relational boredom, Personal Relationships, 19, 162-181.

Davis, C. G., Harasymchuk, C., & Wohl, M. J. A. (2012). Finding meaning in a traumatic loss: A families approach. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 142-149.

Harasymchuk, C., & Fehr, B. (2010). A script analysis of relational boredom: Causes, feelings, and coping strategies, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 29, 988-1019.

Fehr, B., & Harasymchuk, C. (2009). Hurt feelings in adult friendships. In A. Vangelisti (Ed.), Feeling hurt in close relationships. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Strong, G., & Harasymchuk, C. Boredom in relationships. (2009). H. Reis and S. Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of human relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fehr, B., & Harasymchuk, C. (2005). The experience of emotion in close relationships: Toward    an integration of the emotion-in-relationships and interpersonal scripts models. Personal Relationships, 12, 181-196.

Morry, M., & Harasymchuk, C. (2005). Perceptions of locus of control and satisfaction in friendships: The impact of problem-solving strategies. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 22, 183-206.