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  • "More Sex. Fewer Fights. Has the Pandemic Actually Been Good for Relationships?"

    July 11, 2021

    From the earliest days of the pandemic, experts anticipated that the stress of Covid-19 would wreak havoc on romantic relationships (and in some cases, they were right). But one recent survey suggests what few people could have predicted: for many of the couples that persevered, the pandemic may have actually improved the relationship. According to…

  • "The Pandemic Made Our Relationships Stronger"

    June 28, 2021

    During the pandemic, it felt like everything changed for the worse. But one thing got better: our relationships. Frankly, no one saw it coming. In the pandemic’s early stages, as lockdowns limited our movements and left couples spending unprecedented amounts of time together, many believed that divorce and fighting would skyrocket. The crucible of closeness…

  • "What Are Couples Fighting About?" Professor Lewandowski Explores Top Sources of Conflict

    June 21, 2021

    The most common hot-button issues for couples, according to research. Every couple will experience conflict in their relationship and that's not a bad thing; Across several studies, trust-jealousy, partner personality habits, and sex were top conflict triggers; Sources of relationship friction are consistent across cultures; All couples fight about the same things. Relationship quality is…

  • Professor Mehrkam Elected President of Applied Animal Behavior SIG

    June 2, 2021

    Lindsay Mehrkam, assistant professor of Psychology, was elected president of the Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). The Applied Animal Behavior SIG is one of 40 special interest groups of ABAI, which consists of approximately 9,000 members.

  • Adjunct Professor Sainvilus Publishes “P.S. You’re Magic”

    May 10, 2021

    Patricia Sainvilus, adjunct professor in the department of Psychology, has written and published a children’s activity book, “P.S. You're Magic.” The paperback volume, which is available through, is targeted to children ages three to seven, and includes activities such as tracing, writing, coloring, depicting emotions, identifying objects, reading, and reciting daily affirmations. Sainvilus was…

  • Prof. Lewandowski on the "Joy of Relationships" at TEDxAsburyPark May 6

    April 27, 2021

    Gary Lewandowski, Jr. Ph.D., professor in the Department of Psychology, will present "Joy of Relationships" at a virtual Salon Social event hosted by TEDxAsburyPark Founder Brian Smiga on Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m.  The event is free, but registration is required. Lewandowski, whose previous TEDxAsbury talk has garnered more than 2 million views, will…

  • Lewandowski: "Most Couples Need to Fight More, Not Less — Here’s Why and How to Do It"

    April 16, 2021

    Studies have found that avoiding conversations now means making the relationship worse later. A 2017 study found that when partners avoided important relationship topics, they had worse communication, were less happy, and were less dedicated to their relationship seven weeks later. Not only that, but when we avoid conflict we miss the opportunity to help…

  • Students and Faculty Present at Eastern Psychological Association Conference

    March 31, 2021

    Students and faculty of the Department of Psychology virtually attended and presented at the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) conference held on March 5 and 6, 2021. This year’s presentations from Monmouth faculty and students included: “The Connection Between Emotional Intelligence and Social Justice,” presented by Professor Natalie Ciarocco and Natalie Delgado; “The Effect on Diversity…

  • "15 Questions That Can Predict Whether Your Relationship Will Last" From Lewandowski

    March 16, 2021

    In reality, deciphering whether the relationship you are in is built to last can be difficult - so Gary W Lewandowski, a relationship scientist, professor of psychology at Monmouth University, and creator of, came up with a list of 15 questions for deciphering whether your romantic relationship is good for you.

  • LISTEN: Professor Lewandowski on "Save the Date" Podcast

    February 22, 2021

    And I got so mad when I found out the actual truth because I had spent so much time and energy trying to abide by these dating rules that really led me astray. So I'm really excited to have today's guest, Dr. Gary Lewandowski, here to talk about his brand new book “Stronger Than You…

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