Wayne State University experts available to comment on a variety of Valentine's Day themes
February 9, 2017
The following Wayne State University experts are available to provide commentary and analysis for a variety of Valentine's Day topics such as aspects of online dating, the pros of double-dating to help a stagnate relationship, communication in long-distance relationships, and the role of insecurity in unhealthy relational choices.
- Stephanie Tong, assistant professor of communication in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts — Tong's research interests lie at the intersection of interpersonal communication and new media. Specifically, she studies how people initiate, maintain and terminate relationships using computer-mediated communication. Her current research is funded by the National Science Foundation and examines aspects of online dating, relationship initiation and courtship.
- Richard B. Slatcher, associate professor of psychology in Wayne State's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences — Slatcher can comment on close relationships and their impact on health from a social psychology perspective. Some of his previous research found that integrating other couples into their social life can make couples feel more passionate toward their own romantic partners.
- Katheryn Maguire, associate professor of communication in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts — Maguire's research centers on how individuals and families use communication to cope with stress and maintain relationships in several contexts, including military deployments, long-distance romances and transnational families.
- Stephanie Spielmann, professor of social psychology in WSU’s Department of Psychology — Spielmann’s research broadly explores the dynamics of romantic relationships. In particular, much of her research has explored the role of insecurity in unhealthy relational choices.
Contact: Shawn Wright