Professor of Social Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

After receiving his doctorate in Social Psychology from UCLA in 1997, Benjamin Karney joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida, where he was director of the Florida Project on Newlywed Marriage and Adult Development. In 2004, he returned to Los Angeles where he continues to study how relationships are constrained or enhanced by the environments in which they take place. To date, this research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Administration on Children and Families, and the Fetzer Institute. Dr. Karney is co-author of an undergraduate textbook and video series on Intimate Relationships used by relationship experts around the world.

While consulting on family issues for a range of clients, Karney serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marriage and Family, the Journal of Family Issues, the Journal of Family Psychology, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. In addition to numerous awards for his teaching, Karney has twice received the National Council on Family Relation's Reuben Hill Research and Theory Award for outstanding contributions to family science.