Graduate Trainee Profile:
Justin Lavner
Graduate Trainee - Clinical Psychology
Advisors: Professor Thomas Bradbury
Year Entered Doctoral Program at UCLA: 2006
Undergraduate School/Major: Williams College/Psychology
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Research:

I am interested in family relationships early in their development, with the goal of enhancing our basic understanding of couples and families in order to inform interventions to better the lives of couples, parents, and children.  My research focuses mainly on newlywed marriage, and emphasizes the early roots of marital distress.  This work has included studies that examine changes in marital satisfaction over time and predictors of divorce, and highlights the power of initial risk in predicting positive and negative marital outcomes years later.  I am also interested in family issues specifically concerning LGBT families, and have conducted work on (1) the factors that promote positive outcomes when LGBT teenagers come out to their parents and (2) the psychological adjustment of gay and lesbian parents and their adopted children over the course of the adoptive placement.

Publications:

Lavner, J. A., & Bradbury, T. N. (in press). Marital satisfaction change over newlywed years. To appear in A. C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. New York, NY: Springer.

Lavner, J. A., Karney, B. R., & Bradbury, T. N. (in press). Do cold feet warn of trouble ahead? Premarital uncertainty and four-year marital outcomes. Journal of Family Psychology.

Lavner, J. A., Waterman, J., & Peplau, L. A. (in press). Can gay and lesbian parents promote healthy development in high-risk children adopted from foster care? American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Bradbury, T. N., & Lavner, J. A. (2012). How can we improve preventive and educational interventions for intimate relationships? Behavior Therapy, 43, 113–122.

Lavner, J. A., & Bradbury, T. N. (2012). Communication. In W. T. O’Donohue & J. E. Fisher (Eds.), Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Core Principles for Practice (pp. 325–351). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Lavner, J. A., & Bradbury, T. N. (2012). Why do even satisfied newlyweds eventually go on to divorce? Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 1–10.

Lavner, J. A., Bradbury, T. N., & Karney, B. R. (2012). Incremental change or initial differences? Testing two models of marital deterioration. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 606–616.

Lavner, J. A., & Bradbury, T. N. (2010). Patterns of change in newlyweds’ marital satisfaction. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 1171–1187.

Heatherington, L., & Lavner, J. A. (2008). Coming to terms with coming out: Review and recommendations for family-systems focused research. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 329–343.

conference presentations

Lavner, J. A., Bradbury, T. N., & Karney, B. R. (2012). Are marital outcomes a consequence of a gradual incremental process or a manifestation of initial risk factors? Paper accepted for presentation at the Biennial Meeting of the International Association for Relationship Research, Chicago, IL.

Lavner, J. A., & Waterman, J. (2012). Gay and lesbian parents and their adopted children: Basic findings to inform practice and policy. In L. Heatherington (Chair), Basic research with implications for child and family therapy. Symposium accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Virginia Beach, VA.

Lavner, J. A., & Waterman, J. (2011). Risk and resilience in gay and lesbian families adopting from foster care. In A. Langley (Chair), Addressing the unique needs of diverse families adopting children from foster care. Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, FL.

Lavner, J. A., & Bradbury, T. N. (2011). Why do stably satisfied newlyweds go on to divorce? Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the European Congress of Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey.

Lavner, J. A., & Bradbury, T. N. (2011). Pathways and antecedents to divorce in newlywed couples: Findings from a 10-year study. In M. Kamashiro & N. Bolger (Chairs), Integrating laboratory and longitudinal research on relationships. Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Lavner, J. A., & Bradbury, T. N. (2011). Negative communication foreshadows divorce among satisfiednewlyweds. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Lavner, J. A., & Waterman, J. (2011). Child and parent adjustment over time in gay and straight families adopting from foster care. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Lavner, J. A., & Bradbury, T. N. (2010). “His” and “her” marriage: Within-couple differences in newlyweds’ four-year marital satisfaction trajectories. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Lavner, J. A., & Bradbury, T. N. (2008). Predicting newlyweds’ marital satisfaction trajectories over the first four years of marriage. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.

Lavner, J. A., & Bradbury, T. N. (2008). Diverse trajectories of marital satisfaction over four years of marriage. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Albuquerque, NM.

Lavner, J. A., & Bradbury, T. N. (2008). Diverse trajectories of newlyweds’ marital satisfaction. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the International Association for Relationship Research, Providence, RI.

Lavner, J. A., & Bradbury, T. N. (2007). Developmental trajectories of newlyweds’ marital satisfaction. Poster presented at the International Association for Relationship Research New Scholars Workshop, Boston, MA.

Lavner, J. A., & Heatherington, L. (2007). Couple therapy preferences: Gender matters (and interacts with sexual orientation). Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Madison, WI.

Honors and awards:
Student Submission Award, International Association for Relationship Research,2012
Student Poster Award, Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice, American Psychological Association, 2011
Student Travel Award, American Psychological Association, 2011
International Travel Award, American Psychological Association, 2011
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Awarded 2008
Society for Personality and Social Psychology Travel Award, 2008
UCLA-NSF Interdisciplinary Relationship Science Program Trainee, 2006-2009.
UCLA University Fellowship, 2006-2007.
Sigma Xi Inductee, 2006.
Phi Beta Kappa Inductee, 2006.
Highest Honors in Psychology, Williams College, 2006.
Class of 1960 Scholar, Williams College, 2005-2006.
Class of 1957 Scholar, Williams College, 2005-2006.
Dean's List, Williams College, 2002-2006.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, 2002-2006.



Current hobbies, interests, extracurricular activities:
I enjoy playing tennis and squash, working out, travel, reading, and running.

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