2019 or In Press


Sbarra, D.A., Briskin, J.L., Slatcher, R.B. (in press). Smartphones and close relationships: The case for an evolutional mismatch. Perspectives on Psychological Science.


Borelli, J.L., Peng, X., Hong, K., Froidevaux, N.M., & Sbarra, D.A. (2019). Accuracy and Confidence in Perceptions of targets’ attachment to former partners: Do judges vary as a function of individual differences in attachment style? Journal of Research in Personality, 79, 1-12.


Bourassa, K. J., Tackman, A. M., Mehl, M. R., & Sbarra, D. A. (2019). Psychological overinvolvement, emotional distress, and daily affect following marital dissolution. Collabra: Psychology, 5, 8. DOI:


Bourassa, K. J., Ruiz, J. M., & Sbarra, D. A. (2019). The impact of physical proximity and attachment working models on cardiovascular reactivity: Comparing mental activation and romantic partner presence. Psychophysiology.


Bourassa, K. J., Ruiz, J. M., Sbarra, D. A., Kaciroti, N., & Harburg, E. (2019). Mismatch in spouses’ anger-coping response styles and risk of early mortality: A 32-year follow-up study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 81, 26-33.


Sbarra, D.A. & Borelli, J.L. (2018). Attachment reorganization following divorce: Normative processes and individual differences. Current Opinion in Psychology, 25, 71-75.


Borelli, J.L., Froidevaux, N.M., Yunusova, A., & Sbarra, D.A. (2018). Attachment anxiety and trauma history uniquely and interactively predict adjustment during and following deployment among military partners. Journal of Family Psychology. Advance online publication.


Mason, A.E, Hect, F.M., Daubermier, J.J., Sbarra, D.A., Lin, J., Moran, P.J., Schleicher, S.G., Acree, M., Prather, A.A., Epel., E. E. (2018). Weight loss, weight-loss maintenance, and cellular aging in the Supporting Health through Nutrition and Exercise (SHINE) Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 80, 609-619.


Bourassa, K.J., Hasselmo, K., & Sbarra, D.A. (2018) After the end: Linguistic predictors of psychological distress four years after marital separation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Published online ahead, May 10, 2018


Ruiz, J.M., Sbarra, D.A., & Steffen, P.R. (2018). Hispanic ethnicity, stress psychophysiology and paradoxical health outcomes: A review with conceptual considerations and a call for research. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 31, 24-29


Milek, A., Butler, E. A., Tackman, A. M., Kaplan, D. M., Raison, C. L., Sbarra, D. A., Vazire, S., & Mehl, M. R. (2018) “Eavesdropping on happiness” revisited: A pooled, multi-sample replication of the association between life satisfaction and observed daily conversation quantity and quality. Psychological Science, 29, 1451-1462.


Tackman, A.M., Sbarra, D.A., Care, A.L., Donnellan, M.B., Horn, A.B., Holtzman, N.S., Edwards, T.S, Pennebaker, J.W., & Mehl, M.R. (2018). Depression, negative emotionality, and self-referential language: A multi-lab, multi-measure, multi-language-task research synthesis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences. Advance online publication.


Manvelian, A., Bourassa, K. J., Lawrence, E., Mehl, M. R., & Sbarra, D. A. (2018). With or without you? Loss of self following marital separation. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 37, 297-324, 37, 297-324.


Borelli, J.L., Sbarra, D.A., Mehl., M.R. (2018). Convergence of naïve observer and participant-reported ratings of attachment to a former partner: When we should be me. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.


Sbarra, D. A., & Coan, J. A. (2018). Relationships and health: The critical role of affective science. Emotion Review, 10, 40-54.


Sbarra, D. A., & Coan, J. A. (2018). New ways to explore the relationship–emotion–health connection. Emotion Review, 10, 76-78.


Kaplan, D. M., Palitsky, R., Carey, A.L., Crane, T.E., Havens, C.M., Medrano, M.R., Reznik, S.J., Sbarra, D.A., & O’Connor, M-F. (2018). Maladaptive repetitive thought as a transdiagnostic phenomenon and treatment target: An integrative review. Journal of Clinical Psychology. Online ahead: //


Hasselmo, K., Mehl, M.R., Tackman, A.M., Carey, A.L., Wertheimer, A.M., Stowe, R.P, & Sbarra, D.A. (2018). Objectively-measured social integration is associated with viral-Immune Risk Profile following marital separation. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 2, 130-145.




Grinberg, A.M., O’Hara, K.L., Sbarra, D.A. (2017). Preliminary evidence of attenuated blood pressure reactivity to acute stress in adults following a recent marital separation. Online ahead, Psychology & Health, DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2017.1373111


Holt-Lunstad, J., Robles, T.F., & Sbarra, D.A. (2017). Advancing social connection as a public health priority in the United States. American Psychologist, 72, 517-530.


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. (2017). Body mass and cognitive decline are indirectly associated with inflammation among aging adults. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 60, 63-70.


Burkhart, M. L., Borelli, J. L., Rasmussen, H. F., Brody, R. & Sbarra, D. (2017).  Parental mentalizing as an indirect link between attachment anxiety and parenting satisfaction. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 203-213.



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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