Center for Couples and Family Research at Clark University

Center for Couples and Family Research at Clark University -


The Center for Couples and Family Research at Clark University is a team clinical research effort consisting of faculty, doctoral, and undergraduate students. Our goal is to produce cutting-edge research on intimate relationships and on the development of focused interventions to promote relationship and marital health.

This site offers information for couples interested in participating with us in our work, as well as for others who share the goal of understanding and improving intimate relationships.

The Marriage Checkup is not therapy, but an informational health service that provides confidential, personalized feedback designed to help you keep your relationship on track. The Marriage Checkup was funded by the National Institute for Child Health & Human Development (NICHD). For a limited time, a free Marriage Checkup (MC) is being offered at Clark University for couples who would like to find out more about the health of their marriage. To learn more, click here.

The Marriage Check-Up is also being offered through our partner site at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where we are collaborating with a large, community-based, integrative healthcare organization: Cherokee Health Systems. This project is funded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), with the goal of implementing the Marriage Checkup within a community healthcare setting in order to reduce the barriers to quality marital healthcare for low-income participants.

We are also working with Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Cigrang and the Air Force on a pilot study implementing the Marriage Checkup for military couples in a primary care setting. Additionally, we are collaborating with Danish researchers at Aarhus University and The Center for Familieudvikling to evaluate a version of the Marriage Checkup in Denmark (called Par-tjek).

Lastly, we are working on the development of a website for use by individuals, couples, and therapists, to make the Marriage Checkup more widely accessible.