Assistant ProfessorHDFS Faculty
Office: SEA 2.438
Lab: SEA 1.410, SEA 2.436
Research Areasbiobehavioral processes, contexts of human development, interpersonal relationships
LinksDr. Neff's Publications
The Austin Marriage Project
Syllabus HDF 337 [pdf]
Lisa Neff’s current research focuses on marital relationships. Despite the strong feelings of love and commitment that characterize newlywed couples, many marriages end in disappointment. To understand this shift, her research aims: (1) to identify the relationship processes associated with positive marital outcomes (e.g., the influence of optimistic biases on marital well-being; the role of social support exchanges between partners) and (2) to understand how and when stressors external to the relationship (e.g., work stress, financial difficulties) hinder couples’ efforts to engage in relationship-promoting behaviors. To address these issues, Dr. Neff’s research utilizes daily diary, observational, and longitudinal methodologies.
Crockett, E., & Neff, L. A. (in press). When receiving help hurts: Gender differences in cortisol responses to spousal support. Social Psychological and Personality Science
Neff, L.A., & Broady, E. (2011). Does practice make perfect? Stress resilience in early marriage. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 1050-1067.
Neff, L.A., & Karney, B. R. (2009). Stress and reactivity to daily relationship experiences: How stress hinders adaptive processes in marriage. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 435-450.
Neff, L. A., & Karney, B. R. (2005). To know you is to love you: The implications of global adoration and specific accuracy for marital relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 480-497.
Neff, L. A., & Karney, B. R. (2005). Gender differences in social support: A question of skill or responsiveness? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 79-90.
Marriage in Context: Linking External Stress to Relationship Maintenance Processes in Newlyweds (2009-2013), National Science Foundation (BCS-0921896). PI: Lisa A. Neff.
Courses Recently Taught
HDF 378K – Basic Processes in Intimate Relationships
HDF 337 – Personal Relationships
HDF 395.1 – Family Interaction and Development
HDF 394 – The Self in Relationships