Frank D. Fincham

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Eminent Scholar, Ph.D., Oxford University, 1980

Office: 310 Longmire

Phone: (850) 644-4914

Statement of Research Interests:

Frank Fincham's interests span clinical, developmental and social psychological perspectives in the study of personal relationships. Research programs have been undertaken on:

  • marriage/partnership, particularly cognitive processes involved in conflict
  • the impact of interparental conflict/divorce on children
  • forgiveness, particularly in family relationships, and
  • substance abuse and the family, particularly the impact of parent training in the treament of paternal alcohol dependence .

A former Rhodes Scholar, Frank has received numerous awards for his research including:

  • President's Award for "distinguished contributions to psychological knowledge" ( British Psychological Society)
  • Berscheid-Hatfield Award for "sustained, substantial, and distinguished contributions to the field of personal relationships" (International Network on Personal Relationships).
  • Ernest Burgess Award for “continuous and meritorious contributions to theory and research” (National Council for Family Relations)
  • Distinguished Career Award for "a full career of eminent, notable contributions to research and theory in relationship science"(International Association for Relationship Research)

His work has placed him among the top 25 psychologists in the world in terms of impact (number of citations per published article).

Recent Representative Publications:

  • Fincham, F.D. (in press). Towards a psychology of divine forgiveness. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 
  • Fincham, F.D. & May, R.W. (in press). Divine forgiveness and interpersonal forgiveness: Which comes first? Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
  • Fincham, F.D. & May, R.W. (in press). No type of forgiveness is an island:  Divine forgiveness, self-forgiveness and interpersonal forgiveness. Journal of Positive Psychology.
  • Paleari, F.G., Pivetti, M., Galati, D. & Fincham, F.D. (in press). Hedonic and eudaimonic well-being during the COVID-19 lockdown in Italy: The role of stigma and appraisals. British Journal of Health Psychology.
  • Fincham, F.D., & May, R.W. (2021). Generalized gratitude and prayers of gratitude in marriage. Journal of Positive Psychology, 16, 282-287.
  • Fincham, F.D., & May, R.W. (2020). Divine, interpersonal and self-forgiveness: Independently related to depressive symptoms? Journal of Positive Psychology, 15, 448-454.
  • Fincham, F.D., May, R.W. & Carlos Chavez, F.L. (2020). Does being religious lead to greater self-forgiveness? Journal of Positive Psychology, 15, 400-406.
  • May, R.W., Cooper, A.N. & Fincham, F.D. (2020). Prayer in marriage to improve wellness: Relationship quality and cardiovascular functioning. Journal of Religion and Health.59, 2990-3003.
  • Fincham, F. D. & Beach, S. R. H. (in press)I say a little prayer for you: Prayer increases commitment in romantic relationships.  Journal of Family Psychology
  • May, R.W., Sanchez-Gonzalez, M.A., Hawkins, K.A., Batchelor, W.B., & Fincham, F.D. (2014). Effects of anger and trait forgiveness on cardiovascular risk in young adult women. American Journal of Cardiology, 114, 47-52.
  • DeWall, C.N., Pond, R.S., Carter, E.C., McCullough, M.E., Lambert, N.M., & Fincham, F.D. (2014). Explaining the relationship between religiousness and substance use: Self-control matters. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107, 339-351.
  • Mc Nulty, J, & Fincham, F.D. (2012). Beyond Positive Psychology? Toward a contextual view of psychological processes and well-being. American Psychologist, 67, 101-110.
  • Pond, R.S., DeWall, C.N., Lambert, N.M.,  Deckman, T.,  Bonser, I.M., & Fincham, F.D. (2012). Repulsed by violence: Disgust sensitivity buffers trait, behavioral, and daily aggression. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 175-188.
  • Slotter, E.B., Finkel, E.J., DeWall, C.N. Pond, R.S., Lambert, N.M., Bodenhausen, G.V., & Frank D. Fincham, F.D. (2012). Putting the brakes on aggression toward a romantic partner:The inhibitory influence of relationship commitment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 291-305
  • Braithwaite, S., & Fincham, F.D. (2011). Computer based dissemination: A randomized clinical trial of ePREP using the actor partner interdependence model. Behavior Research and Therapy. 49, 126-13
  • Braithwaite, S., Selby, E., & Fincham, F.D. (2011). Forgiveness and relationship satisfaction: Mediating mechanisms. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 551-559.
  • Fincham, F.D., Stanley, S.M., & Rhoades, G (2011). Relationship education in emerging adulthood: Problems and prospects. In F.D. Fincham& M. Cui (Eds.) Romantic Relationships in Emerging Adulthood (pp. 293-316). Cambridge University Press.
  • Owen, J. & Fincham, F.D. (2011). Effects of gender and psychosocial factors on‘‘Friends with Benefits’’ relationships among young adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 311-320.
  • Owen, J., & Fincham, F.D. (2011). Young adults’ emotional reactions after hooking up encounters. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 321-330.
  • Vennum, A., & Fincham, F.D. (2011). Assessing decision making in young adult romantic relationships. Psychological Assessment, 23, 739-751.
  • Fincham, F.D., & Beach, S.R.H. (2010). Of memes and marriage: Towards a positive relationship science. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2, 4-24.
  • Fincham, F.D., & Beach, S.R.H. (2010). Marriage in the new millennium: A decade in review. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 630-649.
  • Fincham, F.D., & Rogge, R. (2010). Understanding relationship quality: Theoretical challenges and new tools for assessment. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2, 227-242.

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