Past Research

Effectiveness of Online Programs for Low-Income Couples

From 2016-2018, we enrolled 742 couples into a randomized controlled trial of the OurRelationship and ePREP programs for low-income couples who fell within 200% of the federal poverty line (approximately equivalent to a household income of $50k for a two-parent family with two children). Couples were randomly assigned to receive the OurRelationship program, the ePREP program, or a 6-month waitlist control. In addition to receiving the program, couples also had four 15-minute calls with a graduate level relationship coach over the duration of the program. While study outcomes are still being analyzed, initial results suggest that both programs were effective in improving relationship satisfaction, relationship conflict, communication skills, and relationship knowledge, with few significant between-program differences. This study was funded by a federal grant from the Administration of Children and Families.

Nationwide Trial of the Effectiveness of Online Programs for Distressed Couples

Between 2013-2016, we enrolled a nationally representative sample of 300 heterosexual, relationally distressed couples into a randomized controlled trial of the web-based OurRelationship program in an effort to increase the reach and accessibility of services for distressed couples. Couples were randomly assigned to begin the program immediately or to a 2-month waitlist control group. In addition to receiving the program, couples also had four 15-minute calls with a graduate level relationship coach over the duration of the program. Results supported that, compared to the waitlist control group, the OurRelationship program was effective in significantly improving both relationship functioning (relationship satisfaction [Cohen’s d = 0.69], relationship confidence [d = 0.47], and negative relationship quality [d = 0.57]) and individual functioning (depressive [d = 0.71] and anxious symptoms [d = 0.94], perceived health [d = 0.51], work functioning [d = 0.57], and quality of life [d = 0.44]). Together, our findings suggest that the OurRelationship program can serve as a low-cost alternative to couple therapy.  This study was funded by a federal grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Initial outcome study- A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Web-Based OurRelationship Program: Effects on Relationship and Individual Functioning

1-yr Follow up studyMaintenance of Gains in Relationship and Individual Functioning Following the Online OurRelationship Program