Video montage of types of research of Dr. Susan Boon

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we study relationships

Welcome to

we study relationships

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Communicating Revenge in Interpersonal Relationships

Written by Stephen M. Yoshimura & Susan D. Boon

"Yoshimura and Boon have taken on the challenge to give a comprehensive overview of the latest research on revenge, and they have accomplished this task extraordinarily well." MARIO GOLLWITZER, Philpps-Universit├Ąt Marburg

"Both professionals from a variety of disciplines and lay readers will find much to gain from reading this book." ROBIN KOWALSKI, Clemson University


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Susan D. Boon is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. A social psychologist by training, she is passionate about the topic of personal relationships and has a particular fascination with their darker sides. Together with her students, she has been investigating a broad range of topics in the field of personal relationships since 1992.
Dr. Boon trained under the supervision of Dr. John G. Holmes (University of Waterloo) and Dr. Brendan G. Rule (University of Alberta). She is indebted to both of them for their mentorship and inspiration!

BA, University of Alberta 1987

MA, University of Waterloo 1988
PhD, University of Waterloo 1992

Faculty member in the Department of Psychology since 1992

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Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
Groucho Marx

W2023 Courses:
Winter 2023 PSYC 400.08 TR 14:00 - 15:15 Applied Methods in Social Psychology
Winter 2023 PSYC 501.33 TR 11:00 - 12:15 Honours Topics Seminar in Psychology (Forgiveness & Revenge)

As profoundly social beings, relationships are critical to the health and wellbeing of all humans. Indeed, relationships are fundamental to the human experience.

As relationship scholars, we believe that human behaviour is best understood in the relational context(s) in which it occurs and that understanding relationships is essential to understanding how people think, feel, and act. We are passionate about the field of relationship science and strive with our research to advance our understanding of important relationship processes and phenomena.

Our research focuses primarily on the darker side of relationships and the things that can go wrong between partners of various kinds.

We are currently conducting a study exploring the effects of celiac disease on romantic relationships in emerging adults. Click here for more information.
University of Calgary LoveLab

Open to University of Calgary students and others interested in discussing relationships.

Meets regularly through the fall and winter terms to discuss research in the Personal Relationships lab, interesting articles, and relationships as they are portrayed in popular culture.

Contact Dr. Boon for more information.
International Association for Relationship Research

Susan is honoured to serve as Past President of IARR, an international interdisciplinary organization dedicated to the study of personal relationships in all their forms.
Need relationship help?

The following resources may be useful if you are looking for help dealing with challenges in a relationship.
The Distress Centre
Access Mental Health