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Jeremy Kanter

Assistant Professor, Co-Director of Relationships & Development Lab


Jeremy Kanter is an Assistant Professor in Child and Family Studies and Co-Director of the Relationships & Development Lab. His research uses dyadic, longitudinal analyses to investigate quality, change, and stability in romantic relationships across the life-course, with a focus on identifying factors that reduce and widen disparities in relationship functioning in low-income families. Specifically, he investigates how contextual factors contribute to disparities in cognitive and behavioral components of relationships and to relationship stability within and across socioeconomic strata. In addition, he focuses on positive development and resiliency occurring in socioeconomically diverse families. He leverages this basic research to inform interventions and polices to strengthen low-income couples’ romantic relationships.


  • Romantic Relationships across the Life-Course
  • Relationship Processes in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Couples
  • Antecedents and Consequences of Relationship Functioning
  • Interventions for Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Couples
  • Longitudinal Dyadic Analyses


  • PhD - Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri – Columbia, 2019
  • MS - Human Development & Family Science, University of Missouri – Columbia, 2016
  • BS - Human Development & Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014

Curriculum Vitae

Awards and Recognitions

  • The Correlates and Outcomes of Change and Stability in Low-Income Marriages. Secondary Analyses of Strengthening Families Datasets (90PR0017-01-00), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. (PI, $146,580).
  • The Influence of National Crises on Romantic Relationships and Mental Health. HES RAPID Grant, MU College of Human Environmental Sciences (Co-PI, $5,000, funded with Department of Human Development and Family Science match funds). 
  • Top 5% Reviewer, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (Awarded to top reviewers based on the quality and quantity of their manuscript reviews)


Selected Recent Publications

Kanter, J.B., & Proulx, C. M. (in press). Understanding the early years of socioeconomically disadvantaged couples’ relationships. Family Process.

Kanter, J.B., Conner, S., Vennum, A., Deitz, S. L., & Taylor, L. (in press). Vulnerabilities and stressors: Impacts on young adults’ desires for future romantic relationships and relationship education. Family Relations. 

Monk, J. K., Kanter, J.B., Russell L. T., & Jamison, T. (Advanced Online Publication). Beyond cold feet:Experiences of ending engagements and canceling weddings. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

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

Kanter, J.B., Proulx, C. M., & Monk, J. K. (2019). Accounting for divorce in marital research: An application to growth mixture modeling. Journal of Marriage and Family, 81, 520-530.

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