Lisa A NeffAssociate Professor
Human Dev & Family Scilneff@austin.utexas.edu
The University of Texas at Austin
Human Dev and Family Sci, College of Natural Sciences
108 E. Dean Keeton St. A2702
Austin, TX 78712
B.A., University of Dayton, Ohio (1996)
M.A., Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (1998)
Ph.D., University of Florida (2002)
2014-present Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, UT Austin
2008-2014 Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, UT Austin
2004-2008 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toledo
2002-2004 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Florida
Lisa Neff’s current research focuses on marital relationships. Despite the strong feelings of love and commitment that characterize newlywed couples, many marriages end in disappointment. To understand this shift, her research aims: (1) to identify the relationship processes associated with positive marital outcomes (e.g., the influence of optimistic biases on marital well-being; the role of social support exchanges between partners) and (2) to understand how and when stressors external to the relationship (e.g., work stress, financial difficulties) hinder couples’ efforts to engage in relationship-promoting behaviors. To address these issues, Dr. Neff’s research utilizes daily diary, observational, and longitudinal methodologies.
Neff, L. A., & Karney, B. R. (in press). Acknowleding the elephant in the room: How stressful environmental contexts shape relationship dynamics. Current Opinions in Psychology
Neff, L. A., & Morgan, T. A., (2014). The rising expectations of marriage: What we do and do not know. Psychological Inquiry, 25, 95-100.
Eastwick, P. W., Neff, L. A., Finkel. E. J., Luchies, L. B., & Hunt, L. L. (2014). Is a meta-analysis a foundation or just another brick?: A comment on Meltzer, McNulty, Jackson, & Karney (2014). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 429-434.
Neff, L. A., & Geers, A. L. (2013). Optimistic expectations in early marriage: A resource or vulnerability for adaptive relationship functioning? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 38-60.
Crockett, E., & Neff, L. A. (2013). When receiving help hurts: Gender differences in cortisol responses to spousal support. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4(2), 190-197.
Karney, B R., & Neff, L. A. (2013). Couples and stress: How demands outside a relationship affect intimacy within the relationship. In J. A. Simpson & L. Campbell (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Close Relationships (pp. 664-684). Oxford University Press.
Buck, A. A. & Neff, L. A. (2012). Stress spillover in early marriage: The role of self-regulatory depletion. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(5), 698-708.
Eastwick, P. W., & Neff, L. A. (2012). Do ideal partner preferences predict divorce? A tale of two metrics. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 667-674.
Neff, L .A., & Broady, E. (2011). Stress resilience in early marriage: Can practice make perfect? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101(5), 1050-1067.
2015-2018 PI, (Co-PI Jennifer Beer) National Science Foundation (BCS-1451492), Understanding Age-related Changes in Relationship Maintenance Strategies. Award amount: $511,623
2013-2015 Co-PI (PI, Paul Eastwick), National Science Foundation (BCS-1147828), A Phylogenetic Evolutionary Psychological Approach to Human Mating. Award amount: $276,194.
2009-2013 PI, National Science Foundation (BCS-0921896). Marriage in Context: Linking External Stress to Relationship Maintenance Processes in Newlyweds. Award amount: $599,680.
Awards & Honors
- 2012 Caryl E. Rusbult Early Career Award from the Relationship Researchers Interest Group of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology
- 2011 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, University of Texas
- 2004 International Association for Relationship Research Dissertation Award
HDF 304H: Introduction to Family Relationships Honors Section
HDF 337: Personal Relationships
HDF 395: Intimate Relationships: Formation and Development
HDF 394: The Self in Relationships