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The SFU Close Relationships Lab is located in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University and is directed by Dr. Rebecca Cobb, Ph.D. At the SFU Couples Lab, our goal is to better understand how romantic relationships change and develop over time. Close relationships can be important sources of support and happiness; however, developing and maintaining satisfying relationships is not always easy. We aim to examine how factors such as psychological health, attachment security, and communication can affect couples' relationship and sexual satisfaction. Our current research projects focus on the role of sexual communication in romantic relationships and how to teach people to have healthier and happier relationships.

Learn more about the research in our lab in this video!

Visit our Psychology Today Blog "After Commitment".

Learn how to have a healthy romance in the modern world by participating in a study with the Couples Lab.

What will I be asked to do if I volunteer?

You will complete four surveys over the course of six months and participate in a relationship workshop. Receive up to $50 for participation!

In the Close Relationships Research Lab directed by Dr. Cobb, we are studying how to help couples have happier relationships and how consensually non-monogamous individuals manage their complex relationship structures. We are seeking applicants for two volunteer positions.

Do you like talking to people on the phone, developing rapport, and informing people about a new research study?

Are you interested in hearing about and coding people’s personal relationship stories?

If yes, you should join our team! Team members recruit and screen potential participants, manage survey data, and participate in weekly meetings. We are also starting a new study interviewing people in consensually non-monogamous relationships and team members will transcribe and code the narratives.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn about clinical research and what science tells us about how to have healthy relationships. You will work closely with graduate students and Dr. Cobb and develop skills relevant for careers and graduate training in psychology.

To apply, email your CV (or resume) and unofficial transcript to For more information, visit the Close Relationships Research Lab at

The deadline to submit your application is April 21.

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