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.
For her doctoral research, Dr. Stacey L. Mackinnon (now at the University of Prince Edward Island) conducted an extension of Dr. Boon's dissertation research which was recently published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.