FSU psychologist awarded grant to study military couples – FSView & Florida Flambeau


Jim McNulty, a Department of Psychology professor and director of the department’s social psychology program.

Florida State University’s Jim McNulty has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Army.

McNulty is a Department of Psychology professor and is also the director of the department’s Social Psychology program. Andrea Meltzer, an associate professor of Psychology at FSU will be a co-investigator on the project alongside McNulty.

The grant will aid McNulty in determining whether a computer-based application technique will succeed in helping to protect couples who face issues often brought on by military service such as physical separation and increased levels of stress.

Previous research on military relationships has focused on the factors of military life that have an impact on marriage satisfaction, the coping strategies of military couples, and the relationship changes of military couples when service members return home. McNulty’s research differs in that it will focus on finding a solution for the issues these couples face.

“Maintaining a satisfying marriage can be tough for anyone, and many of the duties involved with serving, such as prolonged physical separations, can make marriage even tougher for military personnel,” McNulty said in a press release. “I’m hoping we learn something that will allow us to make things easier for them.”

Frank Johnson, the Department of Psychology chairman echoed the same
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