Sylvia Niehuis, Ph.D.
Human Development and Family Studies
(806) 742-3000, ext. 243 - Office: HS 509
Selected Funded Projects:
Niehuis, S. (PI), Transforming a Research Program on Marital Relationships to Encompass Psychological and Physical Health. Creative Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; VPR, Texas Tech University. Funded for FY 2011-2012.
Niehuis, S. (PI), Reifman, A. (Co-PI), & Lee, K.-H.* Proposal to Administer the Marital Disillusionment Scale in the NCFMR/Knowledge Networks Panel Survey. National Center for Family & Marriage Research, Bowling Green State University. Awarded for FY 2010-2011.
Niehuis, S. (PI), Decision-Making Processes in Premarital and Marital Relationships. Associate Dean for Research and Faculty, College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University. Funded for FYs 2007- 2009.
Niehuis, S. (PI). The Development of Commitment to Marriage in Hispanic Newlywed Couples. Faculty Diversity Development Award; Office of Institutional Diversity & the Cross Cultural Academic Advancement Center, Texas Tech University. Funded for FY 2008-2009.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
(*=Graduate Student Author)
Niehuis, S., Reifman, A., Feng, D., & Huston, T. L. (in press). Courtship progression rate and declines in expressed affection early in marriage: A test of the disillusionment model. Journal of Family Issues.
Niehuis, S., Reifman, A., & Lee, K.-H.* (in press). Disillusionment in Cohabiting and Married Couples: A National Study. Journal of Family Issues. Available Online.
Niehuis, S., Lee, K.-H.*, Reifman, A., Swenson, A.*, & Hunsaker, S.* (2011). Idealization and disillusionment in intimate relationships: A review of theory, method, and research. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 3, 273-302.
Lee, K.-H.*, Swenson, A. V. R.*, & Niehuis, S. (2010). His or her parents? Perceived parental approval of romantic relationships among college students and their partners. Interpersona, 4 (2). Available online (click here).
Boden, J.*, Fischer, J., & Niehuis, S. (2010). Predicting marital adjustment from young adults’ initial levels and changes in emotional intimacy over time: A 25-year longitudinal study. Journal of Adult Development, 17, 121-134.
Busby, D. M., Holman, T. B., & Niehuis, S. (2009). The association between partner enhancement and self-enhancement and relationship quality outcomes. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71, 449-464.
Higginbotham, B., Miller, J.*, & Niehuis, S. (2009). Remarriage preparation: Usage, perceived helpfulness, and dyadic adjustment. Family Relations, 58, 316-329.
Niehuis, S., Huston, T. L., & Rosenband, R.* (2006). From courtship into marriage: A new developmental model and methodological critique. Journal of Family Communication, 6, 23-47.
Miller, P. J., Niehuis, S., Huston, T. L. (2006). Positive Illusions in Marital Relationships: A 13-Year Longitudinal Study. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 1579-1594.