Timothy J. Loving

Faculty Research AssociatePh.D., Purdue University

Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences
Timothy J. Loving



Dr. Loving’s research focuses primarily on how relationships affect physical and mental health. This line of research dates back to his collaborative work with Professor Janice Kiecolt-Glaser and colleagues on such topics as marriage and wound healing, the effects of perceived vs. actual support on older spouses' physiology, and the influence of spouses’ relative power on physiological reactivity to marital conflict. More recently, Dr. Loving’s research program has extended the scientific study of the link between close relationships and health beyond marital samples. One line of work focuses on physiological responses to positive relationship stressors such as falling in love and discussing marriage. His lab has also conducted work on the physiology of nonromantic relationships and contributed to basic understanding of the social support process.

Dr. Loving has also been involved in intra- and inter-disciplinary efforts to increase appreciation for and understanding of the mind-body connection within the context of personal relationships. He has co-authored several publications that highlight the implications of basic work on the psychophysiology of relationships, including several chapters on the topic of relationships and health for major handbooks. He also guest edited a special issue of Personal Relationships dedicated solely to the mind-body connection within the context of personal relationships. Finally, dating back to his graduate training with Professor Christopher Agnew, Dr. Loving has published several papers and has several more in the works on the role of social network members in others’ romantic relationships. Click here for a list of selected publications.

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