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Rodney Cate


Picture of Rodney CateRod worked with Ted Huston for several years prior to the inception of the PAIR Project, contributing to the development of  several key PAIR measures, particularly the courtship graphing procedure.

Rod remarks that "my time with Ted and my fellow students has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. They will be my life long friends. My time there was so exciting, because we knew that we were working on important issues in a time that was ripe for relationship research. We had a chance to make an impact on this new field and I believe we had some success with that. Most of my thinking today links back to my interactions with that group of people." Several of Rod's publications and some of the work of his students has been closely allied to PAIR Project issues, including:

Cate, R., Huston, T., & Nesselroade, J. (1986). Premarital relationships: Toward the identification of alternative pathways to marriage. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 4, 3-22.
Kelly, C., Huston, T., & Cate, R. (1985). Premarital relationship correlates of the erosion of satisfaction marriage. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 2, 167-178.
Ponzetti, J. & Cate, R. (1987). The developmental course of conflict in  the marital dissolution process. Journal of Divorce, 10, 1-15.
Lloyd, S. & Cate. R. (1985). Conflict in the developing relationship: The case of premarital relationship dissolution. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 2, 179-194.
Christopher, F. & Cate, R. (1985). Premarital sexual pathways and relationship development. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 2, 271-288.
Lloyd, S. & Cate, R. (1985). Attributions associated with significant  turning points in premarital relationship development and dissolution. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 2, 419-436.

Currently, Rod serves as the Director of the School of Family and Consumer Resources and as a Professor in the Division of Family Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Together with several graduate students, he is focusing his research on issues of love, trust, and commitment from a cognitive perspective.  "My biggest project," he remarks drily, "is trying to keep my sanity while being a university administrator."


The PAIR Project at the University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator, Ted L. Huston
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