Christine Proulx, PhD

Associate Professor and Interim Department Chair

304 Gentry Hall, Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-3029 | Twitter: @cmproulx2002
Curriculum Vitae


PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2006; MS, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2002; BA, Regis College, 1999.

Research Interests

  • Associations between adults' close relationships and their personal well-being
  • Social roles and relationships in mid- and later-life
  • Analysis of dyads over time
  • Contextual influences on adults' close relationships


  • Graduate Professional Council’s Gold Chalk Award, University of Missouri, 2018.
  • Joined the editorial board for the Journal of Family Psychology.
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Human Environmental Sciences, 2012.

Dr. Proulx's research program emphasizes the longitudinal and dyadic study of marital and family relations, with an emphasis on a holistic approach to adult health and wellbeing. This approach applies cutting edge research methodology to understand such aspects of health and wellbeing as the association between spouses’ marital quality and their personal well-being, and the social and productive engagement of aging adults. The substantive focus of my research concerns adults’ wellbeing and their close relationships. The two primary areas in which Dr. Proulx does her work are 1) the association between spouses’ marital quality and their personal well-being and 2) the wellbeing of adults within various roles adopted throughout adulthood. In both these areas, she takes a life span approach that acknowledges changing social, psychological, and physical contexts over the lifespan. The focus of her work is inherently interdisciplinary, and while she draws primarily on family studies literature, she also uses work in the clinical, social psychological, and health fields.

Currently Dr. Proulx is conducting an online survey of couples in which one spouse has fibromyalgia (FMS). Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition often described as invisible, partly because it does not manifest itself in a way that is immediately apparent to others but also because its existence and treatment are controversial. Dr. Proulx's work and that of others demonstrates that FMS impacts marital quality and stability and the psychological wellbeing of both patients and their spouses. The current project is meant to better understand the way spouses support each other and the specific aspects of the disease that are most stressful for both spouses.


  • Stress in Families (HDFS 4610)
  • Interpersonal Relationships (HDFS 4640)


  • Interpersonal Relationships (7640)
  • Family Interaction (HDFS 8640)
  • Advanced Research Methods (HDFS 9200)

The Department of Human Development and Family Science offers a PhD in Human Environmental Sciences, with an emphasis area in Human Development and Family Science. The PhD program can lead to careers in research, college or university teaching, or to leadership positions in public and private institutions. Click on the names below to learn more about the doctoral students I have worked with at MU.

  • Jonathon Beckmeyer, PhD (2012), Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Jess Bibbo, PhD (2016), Postdoctoral Research Associate, Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Greg Brooks, PhD (2014), Assistant Professor, Abilene Christian University
  • Tyler Jamison, PhD (2012), Assistant Professor, HDFS, UNH
  • Ashlie Lester, PhD (2013), Assistant Teaching Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, HDFS, MU