Center for Couples and Family Research at Clark University

Center for Couples and Family Research at Clark University -

Who We Are

James V. Cordova Ph.DImage Dr. James Cordova
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The goal of Dr. Córdova’s research program is to increase our understanding of the processes that affect marital/couple health and deterioration, particularly those processes that can be manipulated to promote greater relationship, mental, and physical health. Dr. Córdova’s work involves the theoretical delineation of those processes, the demonstration of their proximal role in relationship health, and the construction of empirically testable procedures for their therapeutic manipulation. The principal processes addressed in Dr. Córdova’s work include intimacy, acceptance, depression, and motivating the adoption of relationship healthy practices. Dr. Córdova received a B.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1989 and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington at Seattle in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He has been at Clark since 2002.


Ellen DarlingImage Ellen Darling
Graduate Student

Ellen Darling is a Graduate Student in Clinical Psychology. She holds an undergraduate degree from Brown in Theatre and Literary Arts. Prior to matriculating at Clark she worked in mood disorders treatment-development research with a focus on perinatal populations at Butler Hospital/Brown University. Ellen has a particular interest in mindfulness-based treatment approaches and has been investigating how mindfulness practices may be of benefit to couples. Her master’s work focused on the pathways via which mindfulness affects relationship satisfaction, and her current research is an exploratory qualitative study of the impact of mindfulness meditation on intimate relationship processes across various domains.


Julia website photoJulia Sollenberger
Graduate Student

Julia Sollenberger is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and social work from New York University in 2009. Julia’s research interests include studying how individual emotional skillfulness impacts intimacy processes and marital satisfaction, as well as how couples’ narratives can be used to predict treatment outcomes.


Tash Boulder_CroppedTatiana Gray
Graduate Student

Tatiana Gray is a fourth year graduate student in Clinical Psychology. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009 and her M.A. in Psychology from Clark University in 2013. Tatiana’s research interests focus on examining couples communication patterns, specifically the transition out of a conflict conversation. She is also interested in relationship well-being and exploring the factors that contribute to strong and healthy romantic relationships.


Matt Hawrilenko
Graduate Student

Liz Ollen
Graduate Student

Justin Laplante
Graduate Student

Emily Maher
Graduate Student