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Other Research

Celiac Disease

Together with Dr. Janne Holmgren and Genevieve Currie, BN MN, from Mount Royal University, Dr. Boon investigated the effects of celiac disease on romantic relationships. Surprisingly little is known about how this common disorder affects people's relationships. Drs. Holmgren and Boon are currently preparing to run a second study on this topic.

Inter-racial Relationships

Dr. Rebecca Malhi conducted two studies exploring insider and outsider perspectives on inter-racial relationships for her dissertation. Please contact Rebecca for more information about this research.


It all began with trust. Dr. Boon's earliest forays into relationship science occurred under the supervision of Dr. John G. Holmes at the University of Waterloo, where she explored differences in nonverbal communication between high and low trust couples. That led to her doctoral research on risk and, later, to a study investigating trust in mother-son relationships among gay males.


One of Dr. Boon's earliest studies in the field of relationship research (her dissertation) examined how perceptions of the risks associated with romantic involvement affect people's judgments about wrongdoings. This work led to a second study exploring the kinds of risks that individuals experience in romantic relationships and, eventually, inspired further research on forgiveness.

Breaking Up

Sometimes romantic relationships don't work out. Eddie Sheppard completed his dissertation on the kinds of errors people make in forecasting how painful (or not) a break up will be and how such forecasts relate to their ability to cope when the relationship actually ends.

Shunning Study

With Dr. Jac Brown from Macquarie University in Australia, Dr. Boon investigated the longterm effects of social exclusion among a sample of individuals who had been excommunicated from a religious sect.