Gary Lewandowski

The Science of Relationships
The Science of Relationships
and the Self
September 17, 2013, 3 p.m.
Willman Business Center
Weinstock Lecture Hall

Co-sponsored by the Psychology Program Speaker Series.

Dr. Gary Lewandowski, Associate Professor of Psychology at Monmouth University, NJ, will present his research on the role of the self in romantic relationships, including attraction, relationship initiation, relationship maintenance, infidelity, and break-up. A majority of his work examines these relationship stages in the context of self-expansion, a motivation to enhance the self's capabilities through the accumulation of knowledge, experience, identity and other resources, largely through relationships. For example, some of his recent work has focused on the experience of personal growth and positive outcomes following relationship dissolution, including strategies to promote positive outcomes. Dr. Lewandowski has authored several publications on relationships, including the book The Science of Relationships: Answers to Your Questions about Dating, Marriage and Family. His work has appeared in media outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Women's Health, Ladies' Home Journal, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Men's Health, Self Magazine, USA Today, and WebMD. He is also the co-creator and editor of the site, which was founded on the premise that relationships are a central part of life, and that the understanding of relationships benefits from research and scientific evidence.