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Amy Rauer

Professor, Director of Relationships & Development Lab


Amy Rauer is a Professor in Child and Family Studies. Her work utilizes longitudinal, observational methodologies to reveal how romantic relationships develop as the individuals within them grow and change over the lifespan. She previously served as the director of the Marriage and Retirement Study (MARS), a longitudinal project funded by the Fetzer Institute to examine the role of compassionate love in older couples’ lives. More recently, she founded the Relationships & Development Lab to explore the role of developmental timing in determining the costs and benefits of romantic relationships, as the behaviors that promote couples’ adjustment and well-being earlier in the lifespan may in fact undermine it later in life.


  • Romantic Relationships across the Lifespan
  • Adulthood and Aging
  • Developmental and Contextual Influences on Relationship Functioning
  • Couples’ Social Networks
  • Longitudinal, Observational Assessments of Couples


  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan, 2006

 Curriculum Vitae 

Awards and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Professional Paper/Publications Award, National Council on Family Relations, 2016 (Awarded for the best paper written by a section member in the Families and Health Section)
  • Issues in Aging Professional Award, National Council on Family Relations, 2015 (Awarded to the best paper submission to the annual conference in the Issues in Aging Focus Group)
  • Faculty Award for Commitment and Dedication to the HDFS Graduate Student Organization, 2015 (Awarded to one faculty member who demonstrated commitment to mentoring and supporting graduate students at Auburn University)


Selected Recent Publications

Reyes, L., Lenger, K., Rauer, A., Roberson, P., Cordova, J., Grey, T., & Gordon, K. (in press). Consensus and relationship distress before and after a brief couple intervention. Journal of Family Psychology.

Rauer, A., *Sabey. A, Proulx, C., & Volling. B. (in press). What are the marital problems of happy couples?: A multi-method, two-sample investigation. Family Process.

Rauer, A., & Hornbuckle, L. (2019). If he is in shape, so is the marriage: Exercise beliefs and older couples’ marital functioning. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 27, 503-509.

Lansford, J., Pettit, G., Rauer, A., Vandenberg, C., Schulenberg, J., Staff, J., Jager, J., Dodge, K., & Bates, J. (2019). Intergenerational continuity and stability in early family formation. Journal of Family Psychology, 33, 370-379.

Burke, L., Rauer, A., & Sabey. A. (2019). A developmental and relational perspective on marital closeness and health in older adulthood. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36, 2397-2415.

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