- Studying the associations between social relationships and health, especially in cases of divorce.
- Understanding stress and coping
- Investigating stress physiology
My research rests at the intersection of clinical, social and health psychology with a primary focus on close relationships and health. Many of my studies focus on how people recover from the stressful life event of divorce. I am the PI on research and training awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. My research has been featured in many popular press outlets, including the NY Times, The Atlantic, and on NPR.
Sbarra, D.A., Hasselmo, K., Bourassa, K.J. (2015). Divorce and health: Beyond individual differences. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24, 109-113.
Sbarra, D. A., Emery, R. E., Beam, C. R., & Ocker, B. L. (2013). Marital dissolution and major depression in midlife: A propensity score analysis. Clinical Psychological Science, 2, 249-257.
Sbarra, D.A., Boals, A., Mason, A.E., Larson, G.M., Mehl, M.R. (2013). Expressive writing can impede emotional recovery following marital separation. Clinical Psychological Science, 1, 120-134. doi:10.1177/2167702612470647
Coan, J. A., & Sbarra, D. A. (2015). Social baseline theory: The social regulation of risk and effort. Current Opinion in Psychology, 1, 87-91.
Bourassa, K.J., Memel, M., Woolverton. C., & Sbarra, D.A. (2015). A dyadic approach to health, cognition, and quality of life in aging adults. Psychology and Aging. Online First Publication, May 4, 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pag0000025