Frank Fincham's interests span social, clinical, and developmental psychological perspectives in the study of personal relationships. Research programs have been undertaken in three complementary areas.
The first focuses on understanding marriage/partnership, particularly the cognitive processes involved in conflict, and more recently, on relationship education. The second examines forgiveness and prayer, especially in family relationships. A third program of research focuses on emerging adulthood, particularly school burnout, hooking up and friends with benefits. Finally, he is integrating hemodynamics and cardiac functioning into his research.
A former Rhodes Scholar, Frank has received numerous awards for his research including the President's Award (British Psychological Society; for "distinguished contributions to psychological knowledge"), the Berscheid-Hatfield Award (International Network on Personal Relationships; for "sustained, substantial, and distinguished contributions to the field of personal relationships") and the Ernest Burgess Award for “continuous and meritorious contributions to theory and research” (National Council for Family Relationships). His work has placed him among the top 25 psychologists in the world in terms of impact (number of citations per published article).
Frank is an Eminent Scholar and Director of the FSU Family Institute. As a social psychologist he attempts to integrate basic and applied research, often bringing social psychological theory to bear on important societal problems.
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- Fincham, F. D., & Cui, M. (Eds.). (2011). Romantic relationships in emerging adulthood. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Hewstone, M., Fincham, F. D., & Foster, J. (2005). Psychology. Oxford: BPS Blackwell.
- Bradbury, T. N., Fincham, F. D., & Beach, S. R. H. (2000). Research on the nature and determinants of marital satisfaction: A decade in review. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 964-980.
- Fincham, F. D. (2003). Marital conflict: Correlates, structure and context. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12, 23-27.
- Fincham, F. D. (2000). The kiss of the porcupines: From attributing responsibility to forgiving. Personal Relationships, 7, 1-23.
- Fincham, F. D., & Beach, S. R. (2002). Forgiveness in marriage: Implications for psychological aggression and constructive communication. Personal Relationships, 9, 239-251.
- Fincham, F. D., Beach, S. R., & Davila, J. (2004). Forgiveness and conflict resolution in marriage. Journal of Family Psychology, 18, 72-81.
- Fincham, F. D., & Beach, S. R. H. (2007). Forgiveness and marital quality: Precursor or consequence in well-established relationships? Journal of Positive Psychology, 2, 260-268.
- Fincham, F. D., Lambert, N. M., & Beach, S. R. H. (2010). Faith and unfaithfulness: Can praying for your partner reduce infidelity? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 649-659.
- Fincham, F. D., Stanley, S., & Beach, S. R. H. (2007). Transformative processes in marriage: An analysis of emerging trends. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 69, 275-292.
- Hoyt, W. T., Fincham, F., McCullough, M. E., Maio, G., & Davila, J. (2005). Responses to interpersonal transgressions in families: Forgivingness, forgivability, and relationship-specific effects. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 375-394.
- Kachadourian, L. K., Fincham, F. D., & Davila, J. (2005). Attitudinal ambivalence, rumination and forgiveness of partner transgressions in marriage. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 334-342.
- Kearns, J. N., & Fincham, F. D. (2005). Victim and perpetrator accounts of interpersonal transgressions: Self-serving or relationship-serving biases? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 321-333.
- Kearns, J. N., & Fincham, F. D. (2004). A prototype analysis of forgiveness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 838-855.
- Lambert, N. M., Fincham, F. D., Stillman, T. F., Graham, S. M., & Beach, S. R. M. (2010). Motivating change in relationships: Can prayer increase forgiveness? Psychological Science, 21, 126-132.
- Maio, G. R., Thomas, G., Fincham, F. D., & Carnelley, K. (2008). Unraveling the role of forgiveness in family relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 307-319.
- McCullough, M. E., Fincham, F. D., & Tsang, J. (2003). Forgiveness, forbearance, and time: The temporal unfolding of transgression-related interpersonal motivations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 540-557.
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