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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 understanding how cognitive and behavioral components of romantic relationships develop in context. In particular, he focuses on how poverty-related stressors influence change and stability in relationship processes, positive development in socioeconomically diverse families, and the implications of these changes on mental health. He leverages this research to inform interventions and policies to support families.

(Currently accepting new graduate students)


  • 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). 
  • What is needed and when: Understanding the daily lives of lower-income couples. Division of Diversity and Engagement, Office of Community Engagement and Outreach. (PI, $1,000).


Selected Recent Publications

Kanter, J. B., Lavner, J. A., Lannin, D. G., Hilgard, J. & Monk, J. K. (in press). Does couple communication predict later relationship quality and dissolution? A meta-analysis. Journal of Marriage and Family.

Kanter, J. B., Williams, D. T., & Rauer, A. J. (2021). Strengthening lower-income families: Lessons learned from policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Family Process. 60(4), 1389-1402.

Kanter, J.B., & 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.

Kanter, J.B., Lannin, D. G., Russell, L. T., & Yazedjian, A. (2021). Ready to change? Predicting adolescents’ help-seeking for relationship concerns. Personal Relationships, 28(3), 652-666.

Kanter, J.B., & Proulx, C. M. (2020). Understanding the early years of socioeconomically disadvantaged couples’ relationships. Family Process, 60(3), 806-822.

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