Adam Galovan, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Human Ecology Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Human Ecology Dept



My primary research objective as a family scientist is to understand how couples negotiate their relationships across many different roles, dimensions, and contexts in such a way as to live healthy, productive, and virtuous lives. For example, partners are wage earners, household managers, and companions. Following the birth of a child they are also parents and coparents. Some of these roles also persist even if the romantic relationship dissolves. Each of these different roles influences couples’ relationships and health; couple relationships also have meaning for their child(ren) and his or her health and development.

My overarching research objective is to answer the following questions: how do parents and partners (both partnered or separated) interact in their multiple roles?; what influences the way couples come together and progress in their many roles?; what child and couple outcomes of health and well-being result from these different patterns of interaction?; and what individual, couple, and family characteristics, virtues, and transition points are important to both the content and process of preventative intervention efforts? In answering these questions, I acknowledge the importance of using multiple sources of data from individuals in multiple contexts and employing multiple methods and research designs.

In conducting my research, I have knowledge and experience in advanced multivariate statistics and methods, including structural equation, longitudinal, dyadic, and latent class analyses. Indeed, one of my secondary research interests is quantitative research methodology and the related epistemological questions and implications for family science.


I am currently accepting hard-working, quantitative-minded graduate students interested in studying couple well-being and/or relationship dynamics in families.


HECOL 321 - Introduction to Family Finance

An introduction to the principles of money management for individuals, households, and families. Students learn basic financial literacy skills and tools required to make key financial decisions by identifying financial goals, assessing current resources, developing and implementing a financial plan and evaluating financial progress. It is also expected that students will be able to apply these tools in their professional work to enhance clients' financial literacy and their ability to resolve financial management challenges. Prerequisite: ECON 101; it is recommended that students have completed both ECON 101 and 102.

HECOL 410 - Parent-Child Relationships

An exploration of parent-child relationships, with a concentration from infancy through adolescence. An examination of theoretical and research perspectives of parent-child relationships and the practical application of those perspectives. Not to be taken if credit received for HECOL 310. Prerequisite: PSYCH 223.

HECOL 611 - Theory in Family Ecology

Consideration of family theory as it relates to research and practice. Pre or corequisite: HECOL 610 or consent of Instructor.

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Scholarly Activities

Research - The Couple Well-Being Project

Using binationally representative data from 615 couples in the United States and Canada, The Couple Well-Being Project explores a strong relationality model of individual and relationship flourishing (Galovan & Schramm, 2018) stemming from the philosophies of Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas. While accounting for background influences (e.g., socioeconomic status, racial and cultural background), existing relationship factors (e.g., current relationship quality), external support (e.g., elevation from others), personal states (e.g., stress), contextual challenges (e.g., trials), and individuals’ ethical responsiveness, the project explores how virtues and character traits (e.g., humility, compassion, positivity) and positive relationship-specific applications (e.g., gratitude, forgiveness, affection) contribute to individual and relationship flourishing.

Featured Publications

Galovan, A. M., Orbuch, T. L., Shrout, M. R., Drebit, E., & Rice, T. M.

Personal Relationships. 2022 September; 30 (1):174-216 10.1111/pere.12452

Galovan, A. M., Zuluaga Osorio, J., Crapo, J. S., Schramm, D. G., & Drebit, E.

Journal of Family Psychology. 2022 May; 36 (7):1249-1261 10.1037/fam0000997

Galovan, A. M., Carroll, J. S., Schramm, D. G., Leonhardt, N. D., Zuluaga, J., McKenadel, S. E. M., & Oleksuik, M. R.

Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 2021 October; 48 (3):883-907 10.1111/jmft.12559

Galovan, A. M., Drouin, M., & McDaniel, B. T.

Computers In Human Behavior. 2018 January; 79

Erin K. Holmes, Adam M. Galovan, Keitaro Yoshida, Alan J. Hawkins

Family Relations. 2010 January; 59

Adam M. Galovan, Erin Kramer Holmes, David G. Schramm, Thomas R. Lee

Journal of Family Issues. 35

Adam M. Galovan, David G. Schramm

Journal of Divorce & Remarriage. 58

David G. Schramm, Ted G. Futris, Adam M. Galovan, Kimberly Allen

Children and Youth Services Review. 35

Matthew D. Johnson, Adam M. Galovan, Rebecca M. Horne, Joohong Min, Sabine Walper

Journal of Family Psychology. 31

Adam M. Galovan, David G. Schramm

Journal of Family Theory and Review. 10 (1):199-218

Adam M. Galovan, Erin Kramer Holmes, Christine M. Proulx

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 34

David G. Schramm, Adam M. Galovan, H. Wallace Goddard

Family Relations. 66