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Alumni Reception and Livingston Lecture

Unraveling the Mysteries of Marital Happiness: Lessons Learned through Research and Practice

Presented by Howard Markman, professor of psychology

Monday, May 8, 2017
Davis Auditorium (Room 248)
Sturm Hall
2000 E. Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208

Free. Hors d'oeuvres and open bar provided.

Register below, or call 303-871-2425

5:30 p.m. — AHSS alumni reception
6:45 p.m. — Presentation of the annual AHSS Alumni Achievement Awards
7:00 p.m. — Lecture, Unraveling the Mysteries of Marital Happiness: Lessons Learned through Research and Practice

markmanOne of the most important factors associated with life happiness, professional success, child wellbeing and healthy aging is being in a healthy, happy relationship and marriage. In this lecture, Professor Markman will examine current trends in relationships and marriage, from hooking up to living together to marriage and divorce rates. He will show examples using video of real happy and unhappy couples from over 35 years of research that reveal the predictors of relationship success, problems and divorce. Finally, he will share some of the key relationship skills and principles taught in his Prevention and Relationship Education Program (PREP) that is used in over 10 countries and the U.S. Military. Research has found that PREP helps distressed couples have a happier relationship and helps happy couples stay that way over a lifetime.

bookHoward Markman is a John Evans Professor at the University of Denver and co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies in the department of psychology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association Division of Family Psychology and of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. Markman is the developer of the Prevention and Relationship Education Program (PREP), an internationally-known, evidence-based couple's relationship education program. He is one of the leading researchers in the world in the areas of couples, marriage, divorce prevention, couples relationship education and therapy. He has written over 100 books and scientific articles in the couples and family field including the bestselling couples relationship education book, Fighting FOR Your Marriage (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2010). He has been featured on Oprah, the Today show, 20/20, The New York Times, CNN and The Wall Street Journal. His awards include the Distinguished Contributions to Family Therapy Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy and the Distinguished Scholar Award at the University of Denver. He has received grants from institutions such as the National Institute of Mental Health, National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to support his research at the University of Denver.

This lecture is funded,  in part, by the John C. Livingston Endowed Lectureship Fund,  created in honor of the late DU professor.