Adam Galovan, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Human Ecology Dept
321 Human Ecology Building
8905 - 116 St NWEdmonton ABT6G 2N1
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.
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.
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.
Consideration of family theory as it relates to research and practice. Pre or corequisite: HECOL 610 or consent of Instructor.
Comprises the capping exercise for the course-based Masters programs. Requirements include conducting an applied research project, and both a written project report and an oral presentation to the Department, and where appropriate, to relevant practising professionals.
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.