Current Research

Effectiveness of the OurRelationship program for Low-income, Military / Veteran, and Same-Gender Couples

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From 2020 – 2025, we will enroll 4,500 low-income and active-duty / veteran couples into the OurRelationship program and assess effectiveness of the program.  During this period, we will examine several questions in a series of studies including:

  • In a randomized controlled trial, determine whether the OurRelationship program yields significant improvements in relationship functioning and mental / physical health amongst active-duty and veterans. This will be the first large-scale examination of this question, although our pilot work indicates the program is effective for this population (
  • A large-scale study examining the effects of a tailored program for same-gender couples. Our research on a heteronormative version of the program ( well as pilot work on the tailored version indicate significant effects for same-gender couples.
  • Determine the impact on the program on more and more domains of relationship and individual functioning for low-income couples. Our previous work has demonstrated that the program has numerous effects on relationships (;, individual functioning (, and parenting / child outcomes (  
  • Completion rates of the program when completed on a progressive web app.
  • And lots of other ideas that will be inspired by things we hear from our coaches and our couples – we’re in a constant state of iteration and testing!

Effectiveness of a Culturally-Adapted Version of the OurRelationship Program for Latina Breast Cancer Patients and their Partners

Through a three-year grant from PCORI (from 2021-2024), we will:

  • Culturally adapt the OurRelationship Program for Latina breast cancer survivors entering the survivorship period (following acute treatment) to help them and their partners strengthen their relationship.
  • Conduct a cluster randomized trial comparing the revised program (Juntos Después del Cancer) to Usual Care.  Recruitment and treatment will occur at the three major Cancer Centers across central and southern Florida – Sylvester Cancer Center (University of Miami), Moffit Cancer Center (University of South Florida), and the University of Central Florida / Advent Health.