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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


Galena Rhoades

Please note Dr. Rhoades is accepting graduate applicants for Fall 2017

Areas of expertise/research interests

  • romantic relationship processes, commitment and cohabitation
  • evaluation of relationship education programs
  • impact of parents' relationships on children

Current research and projects

My research is on romantic relationship development and functioning, and the related implications for children and adults. My research projects and collaborations include studies of cohabitation, mechanisms of change in couple interventions, infidelity, spouses' perceptions of one another, relationship processes and psychopathology, as well as adolescent adjustment.

I am a PI, Co-I, or consultant on several federally-funded projects. As examples, one is focused on measuring and modeling early relationship development (funded by NICHD) and two other studies are on the effectiveness of relationship education for couples and their children (funded by NICHD).

Professional biography

In addition to conducting research, I:

  • collaborate with PREP, Inc. in the development of relationship education curricula (e.g., Within My Reach and Within Our Reach).
  • Teach graduate courses.
  • Supervise doctoral students on their therapy cases in the Psychology Department.
  • Work as a practicing psychologist.


  • PhD, clinical psychology, University of Denver, 2007
  • MA, psychology, University of Denver, 2002
  • BA, magna cum laude, psychology honors, University of Puget Sound, 2000

Selected Publications

  • Kamp Dush, C. M., Rhoades, G. K., Sandberg-Thoma, S. E., & Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J. (in press). Commitment across the transition to parenthood among married and cohabiting couples. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.
  • Markman, H. J., Rhoades, G. K., Stanley, S. M., & Peterson, K. M. (in press). A randomized clinical trial of the effectiveness of premarital intervention: Moderators of divorce outcomes. Journal of Family Psychology.
  • Shaw, A. M. M., Rhoades, G. K., Allen, E. S., Stanley, S. M., & Markman, H. J. (in press). Predictors of extradyadic sexual involvement in unmarried opposite-sex relationships. Journal of Sex Research.
  • Rhoades, G. K., Stanley, S. M., & Markman, H. J. (2012). The impact of the transition to cohabitation on relationship functioning: Cross-sectional and longitudinal findings. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 348-358.
  • Allen, E. S., Rhoades, G. K., Stanley, S. M., Loew, B., & Markman, H. J. (2012). The effects of marriage education for Army couples with a history of infidelity. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 26-35.
  • Rhoades, G. K., Kamp Dush, C. M., Atkins, D. C., Stanley, S. M., & Markman, H. J. (2011). Breaking up is hard to do: The impact of unmarried relationship dissolution on mental health and life satisfaction. Journal of Family Psychology, 25(3), 366-374.
  • Rhoades, G. K., Stanley, S. M., Kelmer, G., & Markman, H. J. (2010). Physical aggression in unmarried relationships: The roles of commitment and constraints. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 678-687.
  • Rhoades, G. K., Stanley, S. M., & Markman, H. J. (2010). Should I stay or should I go? Predicting dating relationship stability from four aspects of commitment. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 543-550.
  • Owen, J., Rhoades, G. K., Stanley, S. M., & Fincham, F. (2010). "Hooking up" among college students: Demographic and psychosocial correlates. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 653-663.
  • Doss, B. D., Rhoades, G. K., Stanley, S. M., & Markman, H. J. (2009). The effect of the transition to parenthood on relationship quality: An 8-year prospective study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 601-619.