Human Development and Family Studies
Studying Maturation, Interpersonal Transitions, Theory, and Emotions in Newlyweds
Since 2009, research in the SMITTEN (Studying Maturation, Interpersonal Transitions, Theory, and Emotions in Newlyweds) lab has focused on romantic relationship development in dating and married couples. We collect survey and interview data on a variety of topics related to relationship quality such as attachment, commitment progression, sexuality, idealization, disillusionment, personality, trust, etc. Our largest longitudinal project collects data about courtship progression in a sample of predominantly Hispanic newlyweds and follows their relationship progression years into marriage. Other projects focus on relationship development and trust in dating couples. To learn how to become a participant in current projects, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SMITTEN lab encourages collaboration and mentorship among faculty, graduate, and undergraduate researchers. Our weekly research meetings are opportunities to monitor progress on projects and to provide support for professional development. Here is a list of collaborative publications and presentations.
Past & Ongoing Research Projects
- Positive/Negative Events Study, 2014-present
- Online Couples Study, 2013-present
- Hispanic Newlywed Study, 2009-present
- Trust Study, 2009-present
Prospective Research Assistants
Prospective students interested in becoming involved in our lab should check out our Lab Members page. Undergraduates interested in volunteering or for course credit are encouraged to read the lab guidelines and submit an application to Dr. Niehuis or Rebecca Oldham. At this point, it is undecided whether Dr. Niehuis be accepting new undergraduate assistants in the Summer or Fall 2016. To apply to the Texas Tech graduate program (M.S., Ph.D., and post-baccalaureate Ph.D. programs) please visit the applications webpage.