Frank Fincham, Ph.D.

Eminent Scholar    850-644-4914   Vita

Dr. Fincham is accepting new graduate students for 2020-21.

Dr. Frank Fincham

Get to know Dr. Fincham


My goal is to understand cognitive processes involved in conflict, forgiveness and prayer in close relationships. I also investigate emerging adulthood, focusing particularly on school burnout, hooking up, and friends with benefits. Recently, I have integrated hemodynamic and cardiac functioning into my research to understand how the processes I study impact health. I am also passionate about mentoring junior faculty and graduate students.


My academic training took place on 3 different continents giving me a variety of perspectives.

  • B.A. Psychology, Social Anthropology (University of Natal, South Africa)
  • M.A. Developmental Psychology (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)
  • Ph.D. Social psychology (Oxford University, England)
  • Postdoctoral training, Clinical psychology (Stony Brook University, N.Y. )

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

Published over 300 articles in flagship disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals including:

  • Journal of Marriage and Family
  • American Psychologist
  • Psychological Bulletin
  • Psychological Science
  • Archives of Sexual Behavior


  • Fellow, National Council of Family Relations, and 5 other professional societies
  • 2005-present, Eminent Scholar
  • 2002-2005 , State University of New York Distinguished Professor
  • Listed among top 25 psychologists in the world ( # of citations per published article)
  • Distinguished Career Award, International Association for Relationship Research
  • Ernest Burgess Award for “continuous and meritorious contributions to theory and research,” National Council of Family Relations
  • President’s Award for “Distinguished contributions to psychological knowledge,” British Psychological Society
  • Berscheid-Hatfield Career Award for “sustained, substantial, and distinguished contributions to the field of personal relationships” Int. Soc. for Relationship Research
  • Rhodes Scholar

A Day in My Life

Life Philosophy

I seek to have a purpose driven life guided by the two greatest commandments:
– love God,
– love your neighbor as yourself.


Top 5 from “StrengthFinders”

Learner – Committed to continuous improvement

Intellection – High level of intellectual activity

Achiever – Satisfaction from being productive

Strategic – Creates alternative ways to proceed

Input – A craving to know more


I am the proud father of three children, Alex, Camilla and Jessica all of whom now lead their own independent lives. Still waiting for a grandchild

Although we fought like cat and dog as kids I am now very close to my sister who lives in Durban, South Africa. Through the wonders of modern technology, we talk frequently.

My partner, Frances, is a dedicated teacher who just loves helping her third graders realize their potential. We both try to live the life our Creator planned for us.


Words to Live By

As the circle of knowledge increases so does the interface with the darkness. Increasing one’s knowledge is therefore an antidote to pride/arrogance as it makes one more humble.

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