2017 or In Press

Holt-Lunstad, J., Robles, T.F., & Sbarra, D.A. (in press). Advancing social connection as a public health priority in the United States. American Psychologist

Bourassa, K.J., Allen, J.J.B, Mehl, M.R., & Sbarra, D.A. (2017). The impact of narrative expressive writing on heart rate, heart rate variability, and blood pressure following marital separation. Psychosomatic Medicine, 79, 697-705.

Bourassa, K.J., Manvelian, A., Boals, A., Mehl, M.R., & Sbarra, D.A. (2017). Tell me a story: The creation of narrative as a mechanism of psychological recovery following marital separation. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 36, 359-379.

Heshmati, S., Sbarra, D.A., Mason, A.E. (2017). The contemptuous separation: Facial expressions of emotion and breakups in young adulthood. Personal Relationships, 24, 453-469.

Kutoba, R.M., Yuan, N.P., Wertheim, B.C., Sbarra, D.A., Louck, E.B., Nassir, R., Bareh, G., Kim, M.M, Snetselaar, L.G., Thomson, C.A. (2017). Relationship between marital transitions, health behaviors, and health indicators of postmenopausal women: Results from the Women’s Health Initiative. Journal of Women’s Health, 26, 313-320.

Borelli, J.L., Burkhart, M., Rasmussen, H.F., Brody, R., & Sbarra, D.A. (2017). Secure base scripts explain the association between attachment avoidance and emotion-related constructs in parents of young children. Infant Mental Health Journal, 38, 210-225.

Sbarra, D.A., & Coan, J.A. (2017). Divorce and health: Good data in need of better theory. Current Opinion in Psychology, 13, 91-95.



Bourassa, K.J., & Sbarra, D.A. (2016). Body mass and cognitive decline are indirectly associated with inflammation among aging adults. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. Published ahead online September, 19 2016

Bourassa, K.J., Hasselmo, K., & Sbarra, D.A. (2016). Heart rate variability moderates the association between separation-related psychological distress and blood pressure reactivity over time. Psychological Science, 27, 1123-1135.

O’Connor, M-F., Fallon, M., & Sbarra, D.A. (2016). The utility of a virtual trier social stress test: Initial findings and benchmarking comparisons. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78¸835-840. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000338

Reed, R.G., Weihs, K.L., Sbarra, D.A., Breen, E.C., Irwin, M.R, & Butler, E.A. (2016). Emotional acceptance, inflammation, and sickness symptoms across the first two years follow breast cancer diagnosis. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 56, 165-174.

Whisman, M.A., Robustelli, B.L., & Sbarra, D.A. (2016). Marital disruption is associated with shorter salivary telomere length in a probability sample of older adults. Social Science & Medicine, 157, 60-67.

Sbarra, D.A. (2016). Social integration and sleep disturbance: A gene-environment interaction study. Collabra, 2(1), p.3. DOI:

Bourassa, K.J., Knowles, L.M., Sbarra, D.A., & O’Connor, M-F. (2016). Absent, but not gone: Interdependence in couples’ quality of life persists after a partner’s death. Psychological Science, 27, 270-281. doi: 10.1177/0956797615618968

Memel, M., Bourassa, K. J., Woolverton, C., & Sbarra, D. A. (2016). Body mass and physical activity uniquely predict change in cognition for aging adults. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.1007/s12160-015-9768-2


Min, A.A., Sbarra, D.A., & Keim, S.M (2015). Sleep disturbances predict prospective declines in resident physicians’ psychological well-being. Medical Education Online, open-access, published online July 21, 2016:

Burkhart, M. L., Borelli, J. L., Rasmussen, H. F., & Sbarra, D. (2015). Cherish the good times: Relational savoring in parents of infants and toddlers. Personal Relationships, 7, 692-711.

Bourassa, K.J., Memel, M. Woolverton, C., & Sbarra, D.A. (2015). Social participation predicts cognitive functioning in aging adults over time: Comparisons with physical health, depression, and physical activity. Aging and Mental Health, Health, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2015.1081152

Bourassa, K.J., Memel, M., Woolverton. C., & Sbarra, D.A. (2015). A dyadic approach to health, cognition, and quality of life in aging adults. Psychology and Aging. Online First Publication, May 4, 2015.

Bourassa, K.J., Sbarra, D.A., & Whisman, M.A. (2015). Women in very low quality marriages gain life satisfaction following divorce. Journal of Family Psychology. Online First Publication, April 13, 2015.

Coan, J. A., & Sbarra, D. A. (2015). Social baseline theory: The social regulation of risk and effort. Current Opinion in Psychology, 1, 87-91.

Hasselmo, K., Sbarra, D.A., O’Connor, M-F., & Moreno, F.A. (2015). Psychological distress following marital separation interacts with a polymorphism in the serotonin transporter gene to predict cardiac vagal control in the laboratory. Psychophysiology, 52, 736-744.

Sbarra, D.A. (2015). Divorce and health: Current trends and future directions. Psychosomatic Medicine, 77, 227-236.

Sbarra, D.A., Hasselmo, K., Bourassa, K.J. (2015). Divorce and health: Beyond individual differences. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24, 109-113.

Larson, G.M., & Sbarra, D.A. (2015). Participating in research on romantic breakups promotes emotional recovery. Social Psychological and Personality Science. Published ahead of print online, January 6, 2015. DOI: 10.1177/1948550614563085

Loving, T.W., & Sbarra, D.A. (2015). Relationships and health. In J. Simpson and J. Dovidio (Eds.) APA Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology, Volume 3: Interpersonal Relationships Processes (pp. 151-176). Washington, DC: APA Press.

Sbarra, D.A. (2015). Taking stock of loneliness: Introduction to the Special Section. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10, 200-201.


Sbarra, D.A., Nojopranoto, W., & Hasselmo, K. (2014). Divorce and health outcomes: From Social epidemiology to social psychophysiology. In C.R Agnew and S.C. South (Eds.), Interpersonal Relationships and Health (pp. 89-108). New York: Oxford University Press.

Sbarra, D.A. (2014). Forward Thinking: An Introduction. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9, 443-444.

Sbarra, D. A. (2014). New Ideas on intellectual ability, interests, sex differences, and achievement: Three “Integrative” commentaries on four target articles. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9, 209-210.

Borelli, J.L., Sbarra, D.A., Snavely, J.E., McMakin, D.L., Coffey, J.K., Ruiz, S.K, Wang, B.A., & Chung, S.Y. (2014). With or without you: Preliminary evidence that attachment avoidance predicts nondeployed spouses’ reactions to relationship challenges during deployment. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 45, 478-487. (Special section: Research on psychological issues and interventions for military personnel, veterans, and their families.)

Borelli, J.L., Rasmussen, H.F., Burkhart, M., & Sbarra, D.A. (2014). Relational savoring in long-distance romantic relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships published online 21 November 2014. doi: 10.1177/0265407514558960

Oskis, A., Clow, A., Loveday, C., Hucklebridge, F., & Sbarra, D.A. (2014). Biological stress regulation in female adolescents: A key role for confiding. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 1-12. doi: 10.1007/s10964-014-0182-z.

Krietsch, K.N., Mason., A.E., & Sbarra, D.A. (2014) Sleep complaints predict increases in resting blood pressure following marital separation. Health Psychology, 33, 1204-1213.

Whisman, M.A., Li, A., Sbarra, D.A., Raison, C.L. (2014). Marital quality and diabetes: Results from the Health and Retirement Study. Health Psychology, 33, 832-840.

Helm, J.L, Sbarra, D.A., & Ferrer, E. (2014). Coregulation of respiratory sinus arrhythmia in adult romantic partners. Emotion, 14, 522-531.


Sbarra, D. A., Emery, R. E., Beam, C. R., & Ocker, B. L. (2013). Marital dissolution and major depression in midlife: A propensity score analysis. Clinical Psychological Science, 2, 249-257.

Borelli, J.L., Sbarra, D., A., Randall, A.K., Snavely, J.E., St. John, H.K., & Ruiz, S.K. (2013). Linguistic indicators of wives' attachment security and communal orientation during military deployment. Family Process, 52, 535-554.

Sbarra, D.A., Borelli, J.L. (2013). Heart rate variability moderates the association between attachment avoidance and self-concept reorganization following marital separation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 88, 253-260. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2012.04.004

Sbarra, D.A., Boals, A., Mason, A.E., Larson, G.M., Mehl, M.R. (2013). Expressive writing can impede emotional recovery following marital separation. Clinical Psychological Science, 1, 20-134. doi:10.1177/2167702612470647

McAssey, M.P., Helm, J., Hsieh, F., Sbarra, D.A., & Ferrer, E. (2013). Methodological advances for detecting physiological synchrony during dyadic interactions. Methodology,9,41-53. doi: 10.1027/1614-2241/a000053

Sbarra, D. A., & Whisman, M.A. (2013). Marital and relational discord.. In L.G. Castonguay & T.C. Oltmanns (Eds.), Psychopathology: Bridging the gap between basic empirical findings and clinical practice (pp. 393-418). New York: Guilford Press.

Sbarra, D.A., & Beck, C.J.A. (2013). Divorce: Causes and consequences. In J.A. Simpson & L. Campell (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Close Relationships (pp. 795-824). New York: Oxford University Press

Lee, L. A., & Sbarra, D.A. (2013). Divorce and relationships dissolution: Causes, context and consequences. In C. Hazan & M.I. Campa (Eds.), Human Bonding (pp. 308-343). New York: Guilford Press.

Sbarra, D.A., & Mason, A.E. (2013). The dark side of divorce. In N.A. DeWall (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Exclusion (pp. 77-91). New York: Oxford University Press.

Edited Special Issues

Coan, J.A., & Sbarra, D.A. (2013). Co-edited Special Issue of International Journal of Psychophysiology, 88, 219-352: Psychophysiology of Relationships.

Butler, E.A, & Sbarra, D.A. (2013). Co-edited Special Issue of Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 151-214: Health, Emotions, and Relationships.


Sbarra, D.A., Hasselmo, K., & Nojopranoto, W. (2012). Divorce and death: A case study for health psychology. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6, 905-919.

Mason, A. E., Sbarra, D. A., Bryan, A. E. B., & Lee, L. A. (2012). Staying connected when coming apart: The psychological correlates of contact and sex with an ex-partner. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 31, 488-507. doi: 10.1521/jscp.2012.31.5.488

Whisman, M.A., & Sbarra, David A. (2012). Marital adjustment and Interleukin-6 (IL-6). Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 290-295. doi: 10.1037/a0026902.

Borelli, J.L, David, D.H., Rifkin-Graboi, A., Sbarra, D.A, Mehl, M.R., Mayes, L.C. (2012). Language use in the Adult Attachment Interview: Evidence for attachment-specific emotion regulation. Personal Relationships, Online Early View, doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2012.01394.x

Sbarra, D.A., Smith, H.L., & Mehl, M.R. (2012). When leaving your ex, love yourself: Observational ratings of self-compassion predict the course of emotional recovery following marital separation. Psychological Science, 23, 261-269.

Helm, J.L, Sbarra, D.A., & Ferrer, E. (2012). Assessing cross-partner associations in physiological responses via coupled oscillator models. Emotion. 12, 748-762.

Mason, A.E., Law, R.W., Bryan, A.E.B, Portley, R.M., & Sbarra, D.A. (2012). Facing a breakup: Electromyographic responses moderate self-concept recovery following a romantic separation. Personal Relationships, 19, 551-568. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2011.01378.x

Mason, A.E., & Sbarra, D.A. (2012). Romantic separation, loss, and health: A review of moderators. In M. Newman & N. Roberts (Eds.), The Handbook of Health and Social Relationships (pp. 95-120). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sbarra, D.A. (2012). Marital dissolution and physical health outcomes: A review of mechanisms. In L. Campbell, J. La Guardia, J. Olson, & M. Zanna (Eds.), The science of the couple: The Ontario Symposium (Vol. 12, pp. 205-227). Florence, KY: Psychology Press

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