David Sbarra, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona where he directs the Laboratory for Social Connectedness and Health. His research focuses on understanding why close relationships are so important for health as well as the psychological and biological consequences of ending relationships. He is the author of over 70 scientific research papers on these topics and has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. In 2014, David received the prestigious Herbert Weiner Early Career Award from the American Psychosomatic Society in recognition of his contributions to the study of close relationships and health. David earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and completed his clinical residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University. He is a member and Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and a member of the International Association of Relationship Research (IARR), the American Psychosomatic Society (APS), and the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR). In addition, he currently serves as President of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS). David is a clinical psychologist by training, maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Tucson, and currently serves as Director of Clinical Training at the University of Arizona, where he teaches a graduate course in advanced cognitive behavioral therapy. Dr. Sbarra’s new e-book is “Love, Loss, and the Space Between: The Relationship Expert Essays.”

This profile was last updated on June 1, 2017

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