February 7, 2008

Valentine's Day 2008: Experts Available to Discuss Psychology of Love, Relationships and Romance from the Teenage Years to later Life


For most people, Valentine's Day calls up images of flowers, chocolate, cards, candlelit dinners and other expressions of l'amour. But what is this crazy little thing called love? Are there differences between what young couples who are in love for the first time do compared to committed couples who renew their affections? And what about those who find first or second (or third) love later in life?

Following is a list of experts who can offer a range of expertise for Valentine's Day stories. Psychologists can explain how love and romance change across the lifespan, how love affects the brain, how men and women differ in expressing and experiencing love and how people who are single or dating are affected by this day, especially those who are shy or are rekindling a childhood romance.

Experts and Topics:

Arthur Aron, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, State University of New York, Stony Brook. Dr. Aron has expertise in love and attraction, passionate love, love and the brain. He has studied close relationships, intimacy and marriage.
Phone: (631) 632-7707

Lonnie Barbach, PhD, Professor, University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Barbach can talk about sex after 50, erotica, sexual problems, menopause and sexuality and female arousal.
Phone: (415) 383-0755

Stanley Charnofsky, PhD, Professor of Counseling Psychology, California State University, Northridge. Dr. Charnofsky conducts marital therapy that includes recovery from a divorce, renewed relationships and men in love.
Phone: (818) 677-2548

Keith Davis, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of South Carolina. Dr. Davis's research examines situations where love goes wrong and how to identify certain predictors that could prevent future bad love situations, like violence among intimate partners and stalking.
Phone: (803) 777-4639

Elyse Goldstein, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, private practice, New York City. Dr. Goldstein can speak on the psychology of love, the difference between male and female relationships and the ways to resolve intimacy problems.
Phone: (212) 988-5602

Kris Gowen, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Portland State University in Oregon. Dr. Gowen can speak about adolescent romantic relationships. She has published on teen sexual behavior and teen body image and also examines teens' sexual behavior in cyberspace.
Phone: (503) 725-9619

Susan Hendrick, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Texas Tech University. Dr. Hendrick can speak on different ways people approach love on Valentine's Day and what constitutes a satisfying love relationship.
Phone: (806) 742-3711 x244

Nancy Kalish, PhD, Professor of Psychology, California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Kalish specializes in rekindled romance. Her work concentrates on high school sweethearts, puppy love, first love and reunions of baby boomers and seniors. She is author of the book Lost & Found Lovers: Facts and Fantasies of Rekindled Romances
Phone: (916) 453-0777

Beverly Palmer, PhD, Professor of Psychology, California State University, Dominguez Hills. Dr. Palmer can talk about the different stages in relationships and why some relationships thrive while others die. She is an expert in nonverbal behavior in romantic relationships.
Phone: (310) 373-6691

Geraldine Piorkowski, PhD, Director, Counseling Center, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Piorkowski can speak about adult romantic relationships, fears and risks of intimacy, sex differences in intimacy and factors that influence sexual attraction and characteristics of happy couples.
Phone: (312) 861-0500

Elizabeth Saenger, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, private practice, New York City. Dr. Saenger can speak about romance, communication and negotiation. Phone: (212) 393-9390

Jill Weber, PhD, Clinical Psychologist in private practice, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Dr. Weber can speak about teenage sexuality and sexual behavior and adults managing long-term relationships.
Phone: 703-541-1277

The American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, DC, is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 148,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.