Dr. Proulx’s research program emphasizes the longitudinal and dyadic study of marital and family relations, with an emphasis on a holistic approach to adult health and wellbeing. This approach applies cutting edge research methodology to understand such aspects of health and wellbeing as the association between spouses’ marital quality and their personal well-being, and the social and productive engagement of aging adults. The substantive focus of my research concerns adults’ wellbeing and their close relationships. The two primary areas in which Dr. Proulx does her work are 1) the association between spouses’ marital quality and their personal well-being and 2) the wellbeing of adults within various roles adopted throughout adulthood. In both these areas, she takes a life span approach that acknowledges changing social, psychological, and physical contexts over the lifespan. The focus of her work is inherently interdisciplinary, and while she draws primarily on family studies literature, she also uses work in the clinical, social psychological, and health fields.
- Granted Fellowship Status in the Gerontological Society of America, 2018.
- Graduate Professional Council’s Gold Chalk Award, University of Missouri, 2018.
- Joined the editorial board for the Journal of Family Psychology.
- Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Human Environmental Sciences, 2012.
Areas of Expertise
- Associations between adults’ close relationships and their personal well-being
- Social roles and relationships in mid- and later-life
- Analysis of dyads over time
- Contextual influences on adults’ close relationships