Relationships are both the foundation and the theme of the human condition: We are born into relationships, we live our lives in relationships with others,and when we die, the effects of our relationships survive in the lives of the living, reverberating throughout the tissue of their relationships. - Ellen Berscheid, 1999
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NSF funding for IRSP ended and the program was discontinued in June 2011.

Humans are social animals whose lives are powerfully shaped by their relations with friends, family, teachers, co-workers, and many others. Currently, a new interdisciplinary science of relationships is emerging that draws on many intellectual traditions, uses an array of increasingly sophisticated research methods, and seeks to integrate knowledge across different levels of analysis.

In July 2005, UCLA launched a unique doctoral program to train future leaders in relationship science. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the UCLA Interdisciplinary Relationship Science Program (IRSP) trains students in anthropology, education, psychology and sociology for careers as research scientists studying social relationships from a multidisciplinary perspective. We invite you to learn more about us.

What's New?

The IRSP program ended in June 2011

July 26, 2011 Congratulations to Drs. Esther Friedman, Chinyere Osuji and Karen Rothstein who have received their PhDs from UCLA. Karen will be joining Long Beach City College as Research Analyst, Esther has accepted a postdoctoral position as a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar at Harvard University for 2011-2013, and Chinyere has accepted a 2-year postdoctoral position at the University of Pennsylvania..

February 26, 2011 Research by IRSP fellow Justin Lavner and Thomas Bradbury on paths to divorce among newlywed couples was cited in Science News
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February 21, 2011 IRSP Professor Martie Haselton and trainee Christina Larson were cited in the NY Times for their research on women's fertility and romantic relationships.
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August, 2010 IRSP Fellow Mara Buchbinder will be joining the faculty at the Department of Social Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill.

July 29, 2010 IRSP hosted a presentation by Markell Steele, Counseling Manager from the UCLA Career Center, on Preparing for the Academic Job Market.

July, 2010 IRSP Fellow Natalya Maisel will be joining the Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education as a Research Specialist.

June 3, 2010 IRSP held an awards reception to honor the 22 students who have completed the IRSP training program.
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May, 2010 IRSP Trainee Leslie Seay presented her poster on "Seating Patterns and Segregation in a School Cafeteria", at the national NSF IGERT Project Meeting.

April, 2010 IRSP Fellow Chinyere Osuji received a Best Poster in Session award for her poster "A Lack of Social Closure?: Experiences of Black-White Unions in Rio De Janeiro and Los Angeles", at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America.

April, 2010 IRSP Fellow Sarah Schlabach presented research on "The multiracial family" at the Pacific Sociological Association convention.

January 2010 IRSP Director, Prof. Anne Peplau served as an expert witness in the court case challenging Prop 8 (banning same-sex marriage) in federal court.
click here to read the L.A. Times

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