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
321 Human Ecology Building
8905 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2N1



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.

HECOL 900 - Directed Research Project

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.

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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.


Taking stock of the longitudinal study of romantic couple relationships: The last 20 years

Author(s): Galovan, A. M., Orbuch, T. L., Shrout, M. R., Drebit, E., & Rice, T. M.
Publication Date: 9/20/2022
Publication: Personal Relationships
DOI: 10.1111/pere.12452
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A strong relationality view of mindfulness and flourishing I-Thou relations: A dyadic analysis

Author(s): Galovan, A. M., Zuluaga Osorio, J., Crapo, J. S., Schramm, D. G., & Drebit, E.
Publication Date: 5/23/2022
Publication: Journal of Family Psychology
DOI: 10.1037/fam0000997
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Satisfaction or connectivity?: Implications from the strong relationality model of flourishing couple relationships

Author(s): Galovan, A. M., Carroll, J. S., Schramm, D. G., Leonhardt, N. D., Zuluaga, J., McKenadel, S. E. M., & Oleksuik, M. R.
Publication Date: 10/18/2021
Publication: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12559
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Sexting profiles in the United States and Canada: Implications for individual and relationship well-being

Author(s): Galovan, A. M., Drouin, M., & McDaniel, B. T.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Computers In Human Behavior
Volume: 79
Page Numbers: 19-29
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Meta-analysis of the effectiveness of resident fathering programs: Are family life educators interested in fathers?

Author(s): Erin K. Holmes, Adam M. Galovan, Keitaro Yoshida, Alan J. Hawkins
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Family Relations
Volume: 59
Page Numbers: 240-252
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Father involvement, father-child relationship quality, and satisfaction with family work: Actor and partner influences on marital quality

Author(s): Adam M. Galovan, Erin Kramer Holmes, David G. Schramm, Thomas R. Lee
Publication: Journal of Family Issues
Volume: 35
Page Numbers: 1846-1867
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Initial coparenting patterns and post-divorce parent education programming: A latent class analysis

Author(s): Adam M. Galovan, David G. Schramm
Publication: Journal of Divorce & Remarriage
Volume: 58
Page Numbers: 212-226
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Is relationship and marriage education relevant and appropriate to child welfare?

Author(s): David G. Schramm, Ted G. Futris, Adam M. Galovan, Kimberly Allen
Publication: Children and Youth Services Review
Volume: 35
Page Numbers: 429-438
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Longitudinal associations between adult children’s relations with parents and intimate partners

Author(s): Matthew D. Johnson, Adam M. Galovan, Rebecca M. Horne, Joohong Min, Sabine Walper
Publication: Journal of Family Psychology
Volume: 31
Page Numbers: 821-832
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Strong relationality and ethical responsiveness: A framework and conceptual model for family science

Author(s): Adam M. Galovan, David G. Schramm
Publication: Journal of Family Theory and Review
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 199-218
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Theoretical and methodological issues in relationship research: Considering the common fate model

Author(s): Adam M. Galovan, Erin Kramer Holmes, Christine M. Proulx
Publication: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume: 34
Page Numbers: 44-68
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What relationship researchers and relationship practitioners wished the other knew: Integrating discovery and practice in couple relationships

Author(s): David G. Schramm, Adam M. Galovan, H. Wallace Goddard
Publication: Family Relations
Volume: 66
Page Numbers: 696-711
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