Dr. Frank Fincham

Eminent Scholar, Director of the Family Institute

Contact Information

Office Location
304 Longmire Building
(850) 644-4914


My goal is to understand cognitive processes involved in conflict, forgiveness and prayer in close relationships. I also investigate emerging adulthood, focusing particularly on school burnout, hooking up, and friends with benefits. Recently, I have integrated hemodynamic and cardiac functioning into my research to understand how the processes I study impact health. I am also passionate about mentoring junior faculty and graduate students.


My academic training took place on 3 different continents giving me a variety of perspectives.

  • B.A. Psychology, Social Anthropology (University of Natal, South Africa)
  • M.A. Developmental Psychology (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)
  • Ph.D. Social psychology (Oxford University, England)
  • Postdoctoral training, Clinical psychology (Stony Brook University, N.Y. )

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

Published over 300 articles in flagship disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals including:

  • Journal of Marriage and Family
  • American Psychologist
  • Psychological Bulletin
  • Psychological Science
  • Archives of Sexual Behavior


  • Fellow, National Council of Family Relations, and 5 other professional societies
  • 2005-present, Eminent Scholar (Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner Eminent Scholar)
  • 2002-2005 , State University of New York Distinguished Professor
  • Listed among top 25 psychologists in the world ( # of citations per published article)
  • Distinguished Career Award, International Association for Relationship Research
  • Ernest Burgess Award for “continuous and meritorious contributions to theory and research,” National Council of Family Relations
  • President’s Award for “Distinguished contributions to psychological knowledge,” British Psychological Society
  • Berscheid-Hatfield Career Award for “sustained, substantial, and distinguished contributions to the field of personal relationships” Int. Soc. for Relationship Research
  • Rhodes Scholar