Timothy J. Loving


Associate Professor

HDFS Faculty
Office: SEA 2.322D
Lab: SEA 2.322F


Office: 512-471-0973
Lab: 512-471-0973
Fax: 512-475-8662


Work: tjloving@austin.utexas.edu

Research Interests

Timothy Loving’s current research program focuses on three primary topics: (a) the biological and psychological consequences associated with development and deterioration of nonmarital relationships, (b) the relative roles of friends and family members as the romantically-involved navigate the transitions that characterize romantic relationships, and how these relationship support processes influence the state and fate of romances, (c) and the application of social-psychological models to increase understanding of parenting processes and outcomes. Dr. Loving uses a variety of methods to study these topics, including experimental, cross-sectional, longitudinal and physiological assessments methods.

Select Publications

Schoenfeld*, E. A., & Loving, T. J. I do, do you? Gender and dependence moderate daters’ cortisol responses when accommodating a partner’s thoughts about marriage. (in press). International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Loving, T. J., & Campbell, L. (2011). Mind-body connections in personal relationships: What close relationships researchers have to offer. Personal Relationships, 18, 165-169.

Loving, T. J., Crockett*, E. E., & Paxson*, A. A. (2009). Passionate love and relationship thinkers: Experimental evidence for acute cortisol elevations in women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 34, 939-946.

Loving, T. J., Gleason, M. E. J., & Pope*, M. T. (2009). Transition novelty moderates daters’ cortisol responses when talking about marriage. Personal Relationships, 16, 187-203.

Smith*, A., Loving, T. J., Crockett*, E. E., & Campbell, L. (2009). What’s closeness got to do with it? Men’s and women’s cortisol responses when providing and receiving support. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71, 843-851.

Current Grants

Transitions into and out of nonmarital romances: Health consequences (2009-2012), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1R21HD057432-01A2). PI: Tim Loving.

Family Exchanges Study II (2011-2016), National Institute on Aging (R01AG027769). Co-I: Tim Loving; PI: Dr. Karen Fingerman.

Courses Recently Taught

HDF 304 – Introduction to Family Relationships
HDF 304H – Introduction to Family Relationships, Honors