About IARR

The International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) is an interdisciplinary organization that strives to (a) promote advances in the scientific study of personal and social relationships, and (b) encourage collaboration among students, new scholars and experienced scholars.

IARR resulted from the integration of two prior organizations (the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships, the International Network on Personal Relationships) and has worked to maintain the high standards set by each organization.

IARR members represent a broad range of disciplines, such as family studies, psychology, communication, sociology, child/lifespan development, gerontology, education, clinial work (e.g., counseling, therapy), philosophy, and anthropology.

As a non-profit organization, IARR encourages cooperation among social scientists worldwide and supports the application of research findings in bettering individuals' relationships.

The organization has members from six of the seven continents, and sponsors two journals (Personal Relationships, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships), a newsletter (Relationship Research News), a book series (Advances in Personal Relationships) and workshops/conferences.

In addition, IARR hosts a biennial conference and annual workshops and specialty conferences. Recent conferences have been held in Canada, Australia, Poland, Israel, and the USA.

Click here to view the organizational bylaws.


President: Anita Barbee

President-Elect: Susan Boon

Past President: Sue Sprecher

Treasurer: Casey Totenhagen

Secretary: Brian Ogolsky

Board Members

Publications Committee Chair: Jen Theiss

Member-at-Large: Catrin Finkenhaur

Member-at-Large: Rich Slatcher

New Professional Representative: Chloe Huelsnitz

Committee Chairs

Awards: Terri Orbuch

Diversity and Inclusion: Kristin Mickelson

Future Conferences: Ashley Duggan

Membership: Asuman Tetik

Mentoring: Kellie Brisini

Media Relations: Karen Blair

Publications: Jen Theiss

Teaching: Julie Verette Lindenbaum

Elections: Sue Sprecher

Finance: Casey Totenhagen and Dan Perlman

Archives: Ashley Randall

Website Maintenance: Dylan Selterman


Journal of Social and Personal Relationships: Geoff MacDonald

Personal Relationships: Deborah Kashy

Relationship Research News: Sylvia Niehuis

Advances in Personal Relationships: Chris Agnew, Chip Knee, John Caughlin, & Terri Orbuch