Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science / Chair of Department of Counseling and Human Development and Family Science

Christine M. Proulx, Ph.D., is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Her primary research is shaped by her belief that interpersonal relationships are the bedrock of our health and wellbeing across the life course, and she incorporates this belief in her classes on adult development and aging and family relationships.

Dr. Proulx's research focuses on adults’ social relationships, roles, and health, with a particular emphasis on marriage and caregiving in mid- and later-life. Her work examines how close relationships and social roles change over time, and how those changes are associated with increases and decreases in mental, physical, and cognitive health. She specializes in quantitative data analyses, with an emphasis in longitudinal and dyadic modeling.

Proulx is a co-editor of the forthcoming Sourcebook of Family Theories and Methodologies (Springer), a seminal volume published approximately every 15 years in the field.


Recent publications (see attached CV and web links for full listing)

Skoblow, H. F., Drewelies, J., & Proulx, C. M. (in press). Sexual health in older adult dyads: The role of perceptions of aging. The Gerontologist.

Skoblow, H. F., & Proulx, C. M. (in press). C-Reactive protein, subjective aging, and incident  cardiovascular disease: A mediation model. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B Social Psychological Sciences.

Ermer, A. E., & Proulx, C. M. (2022). The association between relationship satisfaction and  well-being among older adult couples: The moderating role of social connectedness. Aging and Mental Health, 26(6), 1198-1206.

Kanter, J., & Proulx, C. M. (2021). The longitudinal association between marital and  psychological functioning in socioeconomically disadvantaged relationships. Journal  of Social and Personal Relationships, 38(9), 2465-2473.

Ogan, M., Monk, J. K., Kanter, J. B., & Proulx, C. M. (2021). Stress, dyadic coping, and relationship instability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Social and Personal  Relationships, 38(10), 2944-2964.

Thompson, T., Heiden-Rootes, K., Joseph, M., Gilmore, L. A., Johnson, L., Proulx, C. M.,  Albright, E. L., Brown, M., & McElroy, J. A. (2021). The social context of cancer for  sexual minority women: A systematic review. Social Science & Medicine

Kanter, J. B., & Proulx, C. M. (2021). Understanding the early years of socioeconomically  disadvantaged couples’ relationships. Family Process, 60(3), 806-822.

Cooney, T. C., Proulx, C. M., & Bekelman, D. (2021). Social support and relational  mutuality as moderators in the association between heart failure patient functioning and  caregiver outcomes. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 36, 212 - 220.

Rauer, A., & Proulx, C. M. (2020) A social perspective on couples across the lifespan:  Challenges and opportunities. Research in Human Development. 17, 191-194.

Marini, C. M., Ermer, A. E., Fiori, K. L., Rauer, A. J., & Proulx, C. M. (2020). Marital  quality, loneliness, and depressive symptoms later in life: The moderating  role of self  and spousal functional limitations. Research in Human Development, 17, 211-234.

Monk, J. K., Proulx, C. M., Marini, C. M., & Fiori, K. (2020). Advancing research and theory  on aging military veterans in a relational context. Journal of Family Theory and Review,  12, 180-199.

Ermer, A. E., & Proulx, C. M. (2020). Social support and well-being among older adult  married couples: A dyadic perspective. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 37,  1073-1091.

Kanter, J. B., & Proulx, C. M. (2020). Trajectories of willingness to compromise and critical  marital conflict behaviors after childbirth. Journal of Family Issues, 41(6), 808–830.

Rauer, A. J., Sabey, A., Proulx, C. M., & Volling, B. (2020). What are the marital problems of  happy couples? A multi-method, two-sample investigation. Family Process, 59, 1275- 1292.

Awards and Recognition

  • Awarded Fellow Status in the Gerontological Society of America, 2018
  • Gold Chalk Award, University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council, 2018
  • Graduate Student Association Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, University of Missouri, 2014
  • Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri, 2012

Associations and Affiliations

  • The Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
  • National Council on Family Relationships (NCFR)
Christine Proulx

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Intimate relationships
  • Caregiving
  • Aging
  • Health
  • Dyadic methodologies


  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • B.A., Women’s Studies (individually designed program), Regis College, Weston, MA


Courses Taught

  • HDF 161 Social Context of Development
  • HDF 221 Psychology of Aging