Faculty Profile

Dr.Kelly Campbell

Kelly Campbell

  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Psychology Honors Program
  • Director, South Africa Study Abroad Program
  • Associate Director, Institute for Child Development and Family Relations
  • Radio Host, Let's Talk Relationships
  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Human Development/Interpersonal Relationships

Contact Information


Research and Teaching Interests

My research interests are broadly focused on interpersonal relationships and ethnic minority families. Within interpersonal relationships, I am interested in instant connections within friendships and romantic relationships, and how being in love helps and/or hinders performance across domains (e.g., academics, athletics, creativity). I have other lines of research in the areas of couple rituals, infidelity, and the meaning of marriage. For ethnic minority families, I am interested in health disparities and have examined the Latino paradox, which is that Latinos tend to fare better than European Americans in terms of health outcomes, despite being over-represented among low income groups.

I teach courses on Intimate Relationships (HD 550), Positive Psychology (PSYC 300), Race and Racism (SSCI 316), Personality (PSYC 385), Families and Parenting (PSYC 303 and CD 690), and Advanced Human Development (HD 480). I also teach the Psychology Honors Seminar (PSYC 597; 598) and direct the Psychology Honors Program.

Grants, Honors, and Awards

Outstanding Faculty in Instructionally-Related Activities, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, California State University, San Bernardino, Spring 2015

Faculty Fellow: Research Infrastructure in Minority Institution Program 1P20MD002722, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Period of Funding: September, 2010 - August, 2013

Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, California State University, San Bernardino, Spring 2013

Outstanding Teaching Award, International Association for Relationship Research, 2012

Outstanding Professional Development Award, Department of Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino, Spring 2012

Representative Publications

Campbell, K., Holderness, N., & Riggs, M. (2015). Friendship chemistry: An examination of underlying factors. Social Science Journal, 52(2), 239-247. doi:10.1016/j.soscij.2015.01.005

Campbell, K., & Kaufman, J. C. (2015). Do you pursue your heart or your art?: Creativity, personality, and love. Journal of Family Issues, 1-25. doi:10.1177/0192513X15570318

Parker, M. L., Tambling, R. B., & Campbell, K. (2013). Dyadic adjustment and depressive symptoms: The mediating role of attachment. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 21 (1), 28-34.

Campbell, K., Garcia, D., Granillo, C., & Chavez, D. V. (2012). Exploring the Latino paradox: How socioeconomic and immigration status impact health. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 34 (2), 187-207.

Campbell, K., Wright, D. W., & Flores, C. (2012). Newlywed women's marital expectations: Lifelong monogamy? Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 53 (2), 108-125.

Granillo, C., Chavez, D. V., Garcia, D., & Campbell, K. (2012). Exploring the Latino health paradox in children. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, Special Issue II: Health Disparities on Latino Communities, 10, 15-24.

Nazarinia-Roy, R., & Campbell, K. (2012). Feminist perspectives and diversity teaching. Family Science Review, Special Issue Teaching about Families: Current Reflections on Our Journeys in Family Science Educators, 17 (1), 44-53.

Silva, L., Campbell, K., & Wright, D. W. (2012). Intercultural relationships: Entry, adjustment, and cultural negotiation. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 43 (6), 857-870.

Campbell, K., Silva, L., & Wright, D. W. (2011). Rituals in unmarried couple relationships: An exploratory study. Family and Consumer Science Research Journal, 40 (1), 45-57.

Campbell, K., & Wright, D. W. (2010). Marriage today: Exploring the incongruence between Americans' beliefs and practices. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 41 (3), 329-345.

Futris, T., G., Campbell, K., Nielsen, R. B., & Burwell, S. (2010). The Communication Patterns Questionnaire-Short Form: A review and assessment. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 18 (3), 275-287.

Parker, M. L., Berger, A. T., & Campbell, K. (2010). Deconstructing infidelity: A narrative approach for couples in therapy. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 9, 66-82.

Kafetsios, K. & Campbell, K. (2009). Measuring non-verbal communication of emotion in personal relationships: The Affect Communication Accuracy Procedure. Scientific Annals of the Psychology Society of Northern Greece, 7, 00-30.

Futris, T. G., Van Epp, M., Van Epp, J., & Campbell, K. (2008). The impact of a relationship educational program on single army soldiers. Journal of Family and Consumer Science Research, 36, 328-349.

Campbell, K., & Ponzetti, J. J. (2007). The moderating effects of rituals on commitment in premarital involvements. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 22, 1-14.

Wright, D. W., Simmons, L., & Campbell, K. (2007). Does a marriage ideal exist? Using Q-Sort methodology to compare young adults' and therapists' views on healthy marriages. Contemporary Family Therapy, 29, 223-236.

Media Work

I host an interactive, call-in radio show called "Let's Talk Relationships" on Coyote Radio. My research has also been featured on NBC television, CBS radio, NPR, TMZ radio, Sirius XM Radio, and in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Men's Health, Women's Health, Cosmopolitan, SELF, and The Huffington Post.

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