Baylor University
Psychology and Neuroscience
College of Arts and Sciences

Couple Conflict Research

"My lab conducts research with married couples, and much of this research focuses on identifying ways to increase the effectiveness of couples' therapy. This research typically involves bringing couples into a communication laboratory where they are videotaped as they discuss areas of conflict in their relationship. Communication during conflict is predictive of many relationship outcomes, and I am especially interested in understanding how communication changes over time.

"This research with married couples fits within my broader research agenda to addresses questions regarding communication, emotion, and cognition in interpersonal relationships. For example, in what ways does marital conflict influence children? How do adults form secure adult attachment relationships? What are the beneficial and/or detrimental functions of negative emotion in interpersonal relationships? Taken together, my research program addresses questions that are important for helping people establish stable and satisfying interpersonal relationships."

Go to Keith Sanford's


Visit Keith Sanford's web program: the Couple Conflict Consultant.