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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Brett K. Jakubiak

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Assistant Professor


516 Huntington Hall


Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, Psychology

M.A., Villanova University,Psychology

B.A., Loyola University Maryland

Research and Teaching Interests

My research interests center on a) identifying behaviors and cognitions in relationships that foster relationship satisfaction and persistence and b) understanding how close relationships promote individual well-being. Specifically, I am interested in interpersonal support processes that regulate stress, encourage autonomous goal pursuit, and enhance relationship quality across the lifespan. One key line of research focuses on the role of affectionate touch to promote relational and individual well-being. Another line of research investigates how close others facilitate adjustment to chronic illness or stress. My teaching interests relate to basic and advanced social psychology courses as well as statistics and research methods courses.

Representative Publications

Jakubiak, B. K., & Feeney, B. C. (2017). Affectionate touch to promote relational, psychological, and physical well-being in adulthood: A theoretical model and review of the research. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 21, 228-252.

Jakubiak, B. K., & Feeney, B. C. (2016). Daily goal progress is facilitated by spousal support and promotes relational, psychological, and physical well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111, 317-340.

Jakubiak, B. K., & Feeney, B. C. (2016). Keep in touch: The effects of imagined touch support on exploration and pain. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 65, 59-67.

Helgeson, V. S., Jakubiak, B. K., Seltman, H., Hausmann, L., & Korytkowski, M. (in press). Implicit and explicit communal coping in couples with recently diagnosed type 2 diabetes. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.