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Valentine's Day experts

2010-03-19

Intimate RelationshipsUzma RehmanSpecial days like Valentine's draw attention to the status of a couple's relationship, says Queen's intimacy researcher Uzma Rehman. She is now seeking couples to participate in a year-long study on the physical and psychological health benefits of healthy adult intimate relationships."Everybody wants a good relationship," says Dr. Rehman, Assistant professor of psychology and lead researcher for the study. "But we don't always understand the variables that determine good relationship outcomes."The study will look at how intimate relationships change over time, how a good relationship affects communication between partners; the mood states of intimate partners; how intimate partners manage stress; and the level of intimacy and closeness partners experience.Couples who are either married or living together in a committed relationship are needed to participate in the study, and participants will be accepted ongoing until January 2007.Both partners are required to participate in an initial and one follow-up assessment at the Relationship Research Lab, located in Queen's Psychology Department, and each couple could earn up to $100 for their participation. Dr. Rehman is co-author of Intimate Partner Violence: And Introduction for Couple Therapists in the Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy (3rd Edition, A.S. Gurman & N.S. Jacobson Editors, 2002).rehman@post.queensu.ca613-533-3277
Love For SaleKen WongMarketing strategy expert Ken Wong can speak to the trend toward buying experiential gifts amongst Valentines, who are eschewing chocolates and flowers in favour of gifts like a trip to the spa. Based on online experiments with Internet dating user profiles, he can also speak to effective “marketing” approaches for those using dating websites. Dr. Wong is an Associate Professor and the Commerce ’77 Teaching Fellow in Marketing with Queen’s School of Business. He was recently named to the American Marketing Association’s Marketing Hall of Legends in the Mentor category.kwong@business.queensu.ca613 533-2367Internet Dating IndustryJohn PliniussenQueen’s Associate Professor & Director, Queen’s Business Consulting John Pliniussen, can speak to the success of Internet dating and match making sites. He is an expert on e-commerce competitive strategies and on new venture innovation.He also has some personal experience with the industry: Dr. Pliniussen met his wife, Marion, online and his wife’s daughter also found her spouse online. “If you are serious about finding a relationship, using the Internet has to be one of your tools. If it isn’t, your not serious. Period,” he says.Dr. Pliniussen is one of a handful of Canadians to receive the Edwin-Appel Prize for Entrepeneurial Leadership from Babson College (Cambridge, Mass.), the world leader in entrepeneurship education.jpliniussen@business.queensu.ca613 533 6729Love, Music and GenderKaren PegleyQueen's musicologist Karen Pegley can speak to how gender preferences in music shape different notions of love amongst young men and women. "Listening to pop songs, for instance, girls might have a different take on love that boys who listen to metal," she notes.Dr. Pegley is an Associate Professor and Queen's National Scholar with Queen's School of Music and Department of Women's Studies. An expert in popular music and gender studies, her book entitled Coming to You Wherever You Are: MuchMusic, MTV and the Construction of Youth Identities will be coming out with Wesleyan University Press in 2007. She is an editorial board member for the journal Woman and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture.pegleyk@post.queensu.ca 613 533-6000 Ext. 78491Romance in the WorkplaceJulian Barling and Jennifer Carson“Organizations may find ways to promote positive mental health gains (and limit any damage) for their employees through supporting romantic relationships,” says organizational behaviour expert Julian Barling, Professor and Associate Dean of Research with Queen’s School of Business.Dr. Barling’s and Queen’s School of Business graduate student Jennifer Carson have co-written the chapter Romantic Relationships at work: Old issues, new challenges in the forthcoming Balancing work and welling: The individual in the changing working life (K. Naswall, M. Sverke & J. Hellgren Eds., in press). He is the editor of the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.Julian Barling:jbarling@business.queensu.ca613 533 2477Jennifer Carsonjcarson@business.queensu.ca416-361-4701The Real St. ValentineRichard Ascough Richard Ascough, Associate Professor of New Testament with Queen’s Theological College, can speak to the historical reality behind the St. Valentine’s Day story and current interpretations of it.He is currently researching the dynamics of religious interaction and community development in small religious associations in the Greco-Roman world, to explore modern theories of Christian origins. In a separate line of research, Prof. Ascough has an ongoing interest in how religion intersects with film in terms of mythmaking, worldview and the creation of self or group identity.rsa@post.queensu.ca613-533-6000 ext. 78066
CupidJean GreenhalghAssociate Classics Professor Jean Greenhalgh can speak to the messages/meanings derived from the myth of Cupid and Psyche (whom he saves from the fate of eternal sleep and takes up to heaven where they live happily ever after).Dr. Greenhalgh’s research interests include archeology and Hellenistic history. grnhlggh@post.queensu.ca613 533-6000 Ext. 74821For more information or to arrange an interview call Sarah Withrow 613.533-3280, Lorinda Peterson 613-3234, or Therese Greenwood 613.533-6907.Attention broadcasters: Queen's now has facilities to provide broadcast quality audio and video feeds. For television interviews, we can provide a live, real-time double ender from Kingston fibre optic cable and broadcast quality radio transmissions from our on-campus studio. Please call for details.

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