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JUNE 24 - 26, 2021 / WORLDWIDE




SEGMENT 1: 9.00 - 10.00


KEYNOTE: Dealing with Loss During Covid-19: Integrating Interpersonal Theories of Couple Adaptation and Functioning 

with Gery Karantzas

Drawing on my recent work with leading relationship scholars, attachment researchers and clinicians in which we tackle issues of loss, disconnection, and isolation within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (to be published in early 2022 in Current Opinion in Psychology), I outline what are some of the key factors in terms of enduring vulnerabilities, stressors and couple strengths that impact on whether relationships have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, and those that have weathered the storm. We draw on our cross-sectional and longitudinal work (which includes a collaboration with 28 countries) to identify key drivers of relationship satisfaction and dissatisfaction and draw on how issues of disconnection, mistrust/abuse, and emotional withdrawal – which are central schema therapy play out in relationship dynamics. My extensive work on adult attachment means that much of what is discussed is contextualised around this grand theory of psychology, which is indeed a foundational meta-theoretical framework upon which schema therapy draws upon.


Kind regards,

Gery Karantzas

P.S. The paper I will draw on is already as good as published and would likely be in press or published online by the time of the conference. Below is the title and abstract of the paper. Feel free to use anything from the abstract below as well.


Dealing with loss in the face of COVID-19: Integrating interpersonal theories of couple adaptation and functioning

Gery C. Karantzas, Deakin University

Judith A. Feeney, University of Queensland

Christopher R. Agnew, Purdue University

Andrew Christensen, University of California, Los Angeles

Carolyn E. Cutrona, Iowa State University

Brian D. Doss, University of Miami

Christopher I. Eckhardt, Purdue University

Daniel W. Russell, Iowa State University

Jeffry A. Simpson, University of Minnesota


About the Presenters

Gery Karantzas

Gery Karantzas is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Director of the Science of Adult Relationships (SoAR) Laboratory at Deakin University. He is one of Australia’s foremost experts in adult attachment and is regarded as one of the nation’s leading relationship scientists.  Gery has delivered workshops, seminars and lectures in relationship science to the general public, graduate and undergraduate students, and professionals for over a decade. He has edited and authored over 70 publications including the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships (co-edited with Pat Noller) and Adult Attachment: A Concise Introduction to Theory and Research (co-authored with Omri Gillath and R. Chris Fraley). Gery has received training and collaborated with some of the world’s leading experts and pioneers in adult attachment including: Professor Phillip Shaver (University of California, Davis), Professor Jeffry Simpson (University of Minnesota), and Professor Pat Noller and Associate Professor Judith Feeney (University of Queensland). His research activities into adult attachment and relationships more generally have been funded by grants from the Australian Research Council, the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, the National Medical Health and Research Council and beyondblue, totalling over $5 million. Gery writes for the Conversation and Psychology Today, and his articles have received over 1.5 million reads and regularly contacted by the media to discuss all matters on relationships. He is also the founder of relationshipscienceonline.com, a website that curates and delivers the science of relationships to target the needs of relationship counsellors and the general public.

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