Center for Couples and Family Research at Clark University

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Publications

Selected Publications available in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) form.

Morrill, M. I., Eubanks-Fleming, CJ, Harp, Amanda G., Sollenberger, Julia W., Darling, Ellen V., & Córdova, J. V. (2011). The marriage checkup: Increasing access to marital health care. Family Process, 50, 471-485.

Morrill, M. I., & Córdova, J. V. (2010). Building intimacy bridges: From the Marriage Checkup to integrative behavioral couple therapy. In A. Gerson (Ed.) Clinical Casebook of Couple Therapy. New York: Guilford Press.

Morrill, M. I., Mahmood, S., Hines, D. A., & Cordova, J. V. (2010). Pathways between marriage and parenting for wives and husbands: The role of coparenting. Family Process, 49(1), 59-73.

Wachs, K., & Cordova, J. V. (2007). Mindful relating: Exploring mindfulness and emotion repertoires in intimate relationships. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Mirgain, S., & Cordova, J. V. (2007). Emotion skills and marital health: The association between observed and self-reported emotion skills, intimacy, and marital satisfaction. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Cordova, J.V., Cautilli, J., Simon, C., Axelrod-Sabag, R. (2006). Behavior analysis of forgiveness in couples therapy. International Journal of Behavioral and Consultation Therapy, 2, 192-214.

Cordova, J. V., Scott, R. L., Dorian, M., Mirgain, S., Yaeger, D., & Groot, A. (2005). The marriage checkup: A motivational interviewing approach to the promotion of marital health with couples at-risk for relationship deterioration. Behavior Therapy 301-310.

Cordova, J. V., Gee, C. G., & Warren, L. Z. (2005). Emotional Skillfulness in Marriage: Intimacy as a Mediator of the Relationship Between Emotional Skillfulness and Marital Satisfaction. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 24218-235.

Mansfield, A. K., & Cordova, J. V. (in press). A contemporary behavioral perspective on adult intimacy disorders. Invited chapter in D. Woods & J. Kanter (Eds.), Understanding behavior disorders: A contemporary behavioral perspective. Reno, NV: Context Press.

Fals-Stewart, W., O’Farrell, T. J., Birchler, G. R., Cordova, J., & Kelley, M. L. (2005). Behavioral couples therapy for alcoholism and drug abuse: Where we’ve been, where we are, and we’re going. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Cordova, J. V., & Dorian, M. (2004). Observing intimacy in couples’ interactions. Invited chapter in P. K. Kerig & D. Baucom (Eds.), Couple observational coding systems. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Cordova, J. V., & Mirgain, S. (2004). Social problem solving training with couples. Invited book chapter to appear in Chang, E. C., D’Zurilla, T. J., & Sanna, L. J. (Eds.), Social problem solving: Theory, research, and training. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Cordova, J. V. (2003). Behavior analysis and the scientific study of couples. Behavior Analyst Today, 3, 412-420.

Scott, R., & Cordova, J. V. (2002). The influence of adult attachment styles on the association between marital adjustment and depressive symptoms. Journal of Family Psychology, 16, 199-208.

Gee, C. B., Scott, R. L., Castellani, A. M. & Cordova, J. V. (2002). Predicting 2-year marital satisfaction from partners’ reaction to a marriage checkup. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 28, 399-408.

Cordova, J. V., Warren, L. Z., & Gee, C. B. (2001). Motivational interviewing with couples: An intervention for at-risk couples. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 27, 315-326.

Cordova, J. V., & Scott, R. (2001). Intimacy: A behavioral interpretation. The Behavior Analyst, 24, 75-86.

Cordova, J. V. (2001). Acceptance in behavior therapy: A theory for understanding the process of change. The Behavior Analyst, 24, 213-226.

Cordova, J. V. (2001). Broadening the scope of couples research: Pragmatics and prevention. In A. Booth, A. Crouter, & M. Clements (Eds.), Couples in conflict (pp. 105-114). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Cordova, J. V., & Gee, C. B. (2001). Couple therapy for depression: Using healthy relationships to treat depression. In S. R. H. Beach (Ed.), Marital and Family Processes in Depression (pp.185-204). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sayers, S. L., & Cordova, J. V. (2001). Rates of marital success and failure. Couples Research and Therapy, 7, 4-7.

Jacobson, N. S., Christensen, A., Prince, S. E., Cordova, J. V., & Eldgridge, K. (2000). Integrative behavioral couple therapy: An acceptance-based, promising new treatment for marital discord. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68, 351-355.

Cordova, J. V. (1999). Making the transition from student to professional family therapist [Book review]. Contemporary Psychology, 44, 158-159.

Cordova, J. V. (1998). Intimacy: Uncovering the principal referent and constructing a behavioral theory. Couples Research and Therapy, 4, 7-9.

Cordova, J. V., Jacobson, N. S., & Christensen, A. (1998). Acceptance vs. change in behavioral couples therapy: Impact on client communication processes in the therapy session. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 24, 437-455.

Cordova, J. V., & Jacobson, N. S. (1997). Acceptance in couples therapy: Implications for the treatment of depression. In R. J. Sternberg & M. Hojjat (Eds.), Satisfaction in close relationships (pp.307-334). New York: Guilford Press.

Cordova, J. V., & Addis, M. E. (1995). Adopting and defending an explanatory system: How and by what criteria? The Behavior Therapist, 18, 38-39.

Cordova, J. V., & Kohlenberg, R. J. (1994). Acceptance and the therapeutic relationship. In S. C. Hayes, N. S. Jacobson, V. M. Follette, & M. J. Dougher (Eds.), Acceptance and change (pp. 125-140). Reno, NV: Context Press.

Cordova, J.V., Jacobson, N. S., Gottman, J. M., Rushe, R. and Cox, G. (1993). Negative reciprocity and communication in couples with a violent husband. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 102, 559-564.

Cordova, J.V., & Jacobson, N.S. (1993). Couple Distress. In D. H. Barlow (Ed.), Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders (2nd ed.) (pp. 481-512). New York: Guilford Press.

Cordova, J. V., & Koerner, K. (1993). Persuasion Criteria in Research and Practice: Gathering More Meaningful Psychotherapy Data. The Behavior Analyst, 16, 317-330.

Conference Presentations

Eubanks, C. J., & Cordova, J. V. (2009, November). Correlates of couples’ help seeking in the Marriage Checkup.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Harp, A. G., & Córdova, J. V. (2009, November). Won’t you be, please won’t you be, our therapist: Therapeutic alliance in the Marriage Checkup. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Morrill, M. I., Crow, K., & Córdova, J. V. (2009, November). Parent to parent questionnaires: Validation studies. Poster session to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Rowley, M. M., & Córdova, J. V. (2009, November). The effect of the Marriage Checkup on couples agreement and satisfaction. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Córdova, J. V., Morrill, M. I., Wachs, K. T., Harp, A. G., Blair, J., & Meade, A. E. (2008, November). The marriage checkup: Motivating couples toward improved marital health care. In J. V. Córdova (Chair), The Marriage Checkup

Project: Techniques, Preliminary Results, and Future Directions. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.

Morrill, M. I., & Córdova, J. V. (2008, November). Coparenting and parenting in the marriage checkup. In W. A. Aldridge & R. L. Brock (Co-Chairs), Moving Beyond the Couple: The Impact of Relationship Quality on Individual, Parenting and Work Outcomes. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.

Morrill, M. I., & Córdova, J. V. (2008, November). Parenting in the marriage checkup. In J. V. Córdova (Chair), The Marriage Checkup Project: Techniques, Preliminary Results, and Future Directions. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.

Morrill, M. I., Eubanks, C., Palm, K. M., & Córdova, J. V. (2008, November). Developing a parenting checkup for couples using acceptance. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Rowley, M. M., & Córdova, J. V. (2008, November). Marital satisfaction and couple agreement on points of contention. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.

Wachs, K. T., & Córdova, J. V. (2008, November). Preliminary results of marriage checkup study: Participant characteristics and effect sizes. In J. V. Córdova (Chair), The Marriage Checkup Project: Techniques, Preliminary Results, and Future Directions. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.

Córdova, J. V., Morrill, M. I., Wachs, K., Meade, A., Blair, J., & Harp, A. (2008, August). The marriage checkup: A motivational interviewing approach to the promotion of marital health. In J. V. Córdova (Chair), Relational Health Check-Ups for Marriage, Family, and Parenting. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Morrill, M. I., Córdova, J. V., Sollenberger, J. W. (2008, August). Checking up on coparenting. In J. V. Córdova (Chair), Relational Health Check-Ups for Marriage, Family, and Parenting. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Morrill, M., Córdova, J. V., & Mahmood, S. (2007, November). Domains of marital satisfaction that predict coparenting alliance. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Cordova, J. V., Mirgain, S., and Wachs, K. (2004). The Emotional Life of Marriage: Observed Emotion Skills, Intimacy, and Marital Health. Symposium presentation 38th Annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy Convention, New Orleans.

Wachs, K., & Cordova, J. V. (2004). Toward a Theory of Mindful Relating: Theory, Data, and Implications. Symposium presentation 38th Annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy Convention, New Orleans. Karen Wachs, Chair.

Cordova, J. V., Wachs, K., and Mirgain, S. (2004). Building Healthy Marriages by Developing Emotion Skills and Fostering Intimacy. Symposium presentation 38th Annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy Convention, New Orleans.

Dorian, M. & Cordova, J. (2004, May). Depression as a mediator of family economic hardship and life satisfaction in Ukraine. Poster presented at the American Psychological Science annual convention, Chicago.

Dorian, M. & Cordova, J. (2004, July). Adapting to social-economic change: Married couples in transitional Ukraine and Moldova. Poster presented at the American Psychologial Association annual convention, Honalulu, Hawaii.

Cordova, J. V., Gee, C. B., & Warren, L. Z. (2003). Emotional Skillfulness in Marriage: Intimacy as a Mediator of the Relationship Between Emotional Skillfulness and Marital Satisfaction. 37th Annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy Convention, Boston.

Mirgain, S., & Cordova, J. V. (2003). Observing emotional skillfulness in couple interactions. Poster presentation. 37th Annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy Convention, Boston.

Cordova, J. V., Dorian, M., & Groot, A. (2002). Conceptualizing, eliciting and coding intimacy interactions. Symposium address in J. Cordova (chair), Exploring the future of couples’ interaction research: It’s not just about problem-solving anymore. 36th Annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy Convention, Reno.

Cordova, J. V., Scott, R. L., Dorian, M., Mirgain, S., Gee, C. B., Warren, L. Z., & Castellani, A. M. (2001). The Marriage Checkup: A motivational interviewing approach to the promotion of marital health. Symposium address in J. Cordova, (chair), The role of primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions in defining a comprehensive approach to promoting marital health. 35th Annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy Convention, Philadelphia.

Mirgain, S. A., & Cordova, J. V. (2001). Emotional skillfulness, satisfaction, and felt intimacy in married couples. Poster presentation at 35th Annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy Convention, Philadelphia.

Dorian, M., Scott, R. L., & Cordova, J.V. (2001). Observing intimacy in marriage: Testing a behavioral theory of intimacy. Poster presentation at 35th Annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy Convention, Philadelphia.

Cordova, J. V., Scott, R. L., Dorian, M., & Mirgain, S. (2001). The Marriage-Checkup: Motivational interviewing as a brief intervention for at-risk couples. Symposium address in J. Cordova (chair), Approaches to brief couple therapy: Application and efficacy. 2001 World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Vancouver.

Scott, R. L., & Cordova, J. V. (2000). Which insecure style will it be? The role of childhood trauma. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunity Conference. Northbrook, IL.

Dorian, M., & Cordova, J. V. (2000). Observing intimacy in couple interactions: Do intimacy processes differentiate distressed from nondistressed couples? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Washington DC.

Cordova, J. V. (1999). Broadening the scope of couples research: Pragmatics and prevention. Invited address presented at the 7th annual Penn State symposium on family issues. State College, PA.

Cordova, J. V., Warren, L.Z., & Gee, C. B. (1999). Alexithymia and marital distress as predictors of depression. Symposium address presented at the 33rd annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy convention, Toronto.

Scott, R. L., & Cordova, J.V. (1999). Depressive symptoms among husbands and wives: Understanding the role of attachment styles and marital distress. Symposium address presented at the 33rd annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy convention, Toronto.

Scott, R. L., & Cordova, J. V. (1999). Attachment styles and marital distress: Accounting for unique variance in intimacy, depressive symptoms and life satisfaction. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Scott, R. L., & Cordova, J. V. (1999). Attachment styles and marital distress: Accounting for unique variance in intimacy, depressive symptoms and life satisfaction. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Cordova, J. V. (1998). In sickness and in health: Couple therapy for depression. International Academy of Family Psychology convention, Athens, GA.

Cordova, J. V., Zepeda, L. W., & Gee, C. B. (1998). A secondary prevention program for couple distress: Can motivational interviewing aid prodromal couples. Symposium address given at the 32nd annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy convention, Washington, DC.

Cordova, J. V. & Gifford, E. (1998). Acceptance theory: Understanding the process of change. Symposium address given at the 32nd annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy convention, Washington, DC.

Cordova, J. V. (1998). Intimacy: A behavioral interpretation. Symposium organized, chaired, and address presented at the 32nd annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy convention, Washington, DC.

Cordova, J.V. (1996). In-session couple interaction in integrative versus traditional behavioral couple therapy. Symposium address given at the 30th annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy convention, New York, NY.

Cordova, J. V. (1995). Toward a conceptualization of depression: Behavior analytic approaches and their implications for treatment and prevention. Symposium organized, chaired, and presented at the 29th annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy convention, Washington, DC.

Babcock, J.C., Jacobson, N.S., Gottman, J.M., Cordova, J.V., Rushe, R. & Shortt, J.W. (1994). Predictors of battered women leaving abusive relationships. Poster presented at 27th annual Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy convention, San Diego, CA.

Cordova, J. V. (1992). Let the data speak for themselves: An analysis of the function and form of what have been considered data. Symposium address given at the 18th annual Association for Behavior Analysis Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Cordova, J. V., Jacobson, N.S., Gottman, J. M., & Rushe, R. (1992). Negative reciprocity and verbal aggression in couples with a violent husband. Poster presented at the 26th annual Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy convention, Boston, MA.