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Robert E. Emery

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Psychology
Office location and address
317 Gilmer Hall
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

My research focuses on children, families, and psychological processes of special importance to families such as adopting a systems perspective, grieving relationship loss, emotional pain, and parenting across two homes. I also am interested in different methods for studying related topics, including genetically-informed designs, instrument development, creative coding systems, and secondary analysis of large, representative data sets. I maintain longstanding interests in applied topics related to family conflicts that affect children and involve legal/policy issues. These interests include the consequences of divorce for children, child custody disputes, divorce mediation, and how children are affected by parental conflict. In addition to my empirical work, I write about and work on these issues in broader ways in my roles as Director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law, Social Science Editor of Family Court Review, and in writing for the public, for example, my recent book for parents, Two Homes, One Childhood: A Parenting Plan to Last a Lifetime or opinion pieces in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/07/opinion/sunday/how-divorced-parents-lost-their-rights.html?_r=0 and Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2016/09/08/a-divorce-mediator-answers-can-divorced-parents-just-act-like-parents/

I am interested in graduate students who are passionate about one or more of these issues.

Twin Studies of the Marriage Benefit: Parsing Selection from Causation
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Child Health & Human Develop
June 01, 2011 – May 31, 2015
AS-PSYC Genetically Informed Study of Marital Functioning and Depression at Midlife: Fellowship on behalf of Christopher Beam
Source: U.S. NIH Institute on Aging
December 23, 2013 – July 10, 2014
PSYC 2410: Abnormal Psychology
Credits: 3
Introduces psychopathology with a focus on specific forms of abnormal behavior: depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders. Prerequisites: None.
PSYC 3410: Abnormal Psychology
Credits: 3
Introduces psychopathology with a focus on specific forms of abnormal behavior: depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders. Prerequisites: None.
PSYC 3440: Child Psychopathology
Credits: 3
Overview of the description, cause and treatment of various psychological disorders of childhood. Prerequisite: PSYC 2700 recommended.
PSYC 3590: Research in Psychology
Credits: 2–3
An original experimental project is undertaken in which each student is responsible for the design and operation of the experiment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 14 credits of psychology and instructor permission.
PSYC 4135: Love, Sex, Parenting, Family: From Biology to Society
Credits: 3
This course surveys intimate relationships beginning with animal models and perspectives from evolutionary biology to psychology and ending with a consideration of the many alternative forms of intimate relationships, parenting, and families in contemporary life. The course will integrate basic research with individual, cultural, and other perspectives. Student presentations and papers are a key part of the course.
PSYC 7450: Psychological Intervention II
Credits: 4
Concludes the problem-focused survey of adult psychotherapy. Provides a survey of therapy focused on relationship issues in the family, including couples therapy, divorce issues, and especially, child and family therapy. Three lecture hours, practicum in supervised intervention. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PSYC 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Thesis
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
PSYC 9501: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
PSYC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.