Melissa Curran
Associate Professor, Family Studies and Human Development Program
(520) 621-7140

I study couple and family relationships. Specific to IE, I have formed a collaboration with colleagues in my school and college (Drs. Melissa Barnett, Sabrina Helm, Zelieann Craig) to study climate change and its impact on couples and families.

Selected Citations: 

Jacobvtiz, D., Hazen, N., Curran, M. A., & Hitchens, K. (2004). Observations of early triadic family interactions: Boundary disturbances in the family predict symptoms of depression, anxiety, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in middle childhood. Development and Psychopathology, 16, 577-592. doi:

Curran, M. A., Hazen, N., Jacobvitz, & Sasaki, T. (2006). How representations of the parental marriage predict marital emotional attunement during the transition to parenthood. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 477-484. doi: 10.1037/0893-3200.20.3.477

Curran, M. A., Hazen, N., & †Mann. T. (2009). Husbands’ and wives’ expectations of parenthood and representations of marriage as predictors of coparenting across the transition to parenthood. Parenting: Science & Practice, 9, 101-122. doi: 10.1080/15295190802656794

Totenhagen, C., Serido, J., Curran, M. A., & Butler, E. (2012). Daily hassles and uplifts: A diary study on understanding relationship quality. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 719-728. doi: 10.1037/a0029628

†Ruppel, E. & Curran, M. A. (2012). Relational sacrifices in romantic relationships: Satisfaction and the moderating role of attachment. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 29, 508-529. doi: 10.1177/0265407511431190

Tang, C., Curran, M. A., & Arroyo, A. (2014). Cohabitors’ reasons for living together, satisfaction with sacrifice, and relationship quality. Marriage and Family Review, 50, 598-620. doi: 10.1080/01494929.2014.938289

Tang, C., & Curran, M. A. (2013). Marital commitment and perception of fairness in household chores. Journal of Family Issues, 34, 1598-1622. doi: 10.1177/0192513X12463185

Totenhagen, C. J., Curran, M. A., Serido, J., & Butler, E. A. (2013). Good days, bad days: Do sacrifices improve relationship quality? Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 881-900. doi: 10.1177/0265407512472475

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Climate change
Climate variability
Global warming
Human dimensions
Risk management
Species adaptation

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