Wyndol C. Furman


What I do

Dr. Wyndol Furman is a John Evans Professor in the Psychology Department. He is also the Director of Clinical Training;


Romantic Relationships

Professional Biography

Throughout his career, he and his team of graduate and undergraduate students have worked to understand the role of close relationships in children, adolescents and young adults’ adjustment. For the last 20 years he has focused on romantic relationships in Project Star, a longitudinal study of 200 youth who were recruited when they were in the 10th grade. In the past, he has worked with teachers in local school systems to promote social skills and positive peer relatinships. Most recently, he has been working on a project to use digital games to foster close relationships in young adolescents from underresourced communities. He received the John P. Hill Memorial Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Understanding of the Second Decade of Life from the Society for Research in Adolescence and the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, 2012

Dr. Furman also is the Director of the Clinical Training Program. Graduate students receive extensive individualized training in clinical research and practice based on clinical science.


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1978

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Psychologist


Dr. Furman has been conducting a longitudinal study of youths' close relationships and adjustment for almost 20 years.

Key Projects

  • Close Relationships and Adjustment in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood

Featured Publications

Furman, W. C., & Collibee, C. (2018). The past is present: Representations of parents, friends, and romantic partners predict subsequent romantic representations. Child Development, 89, 188-204.
Golden, R. L., Furman, W. C., & Collibee, C. (2016). The risks and rewards of sexual initiation. Developmental Psychology, 52, 1913-1925.
Collibee, C., & Furman, W. C. (2015). Quality counts: Developmental shifts in associations between romantic relationship qualities and psychosocial adjustment. Child Development, 86, 1639-1652.
Furman, W. C., & Collibee, C. (2014). Sexual activity with romantic and nonromantic partners and psychosocial adjustment in young adults. . Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 1327-1341.
Furman, W. C., & Collibee, C. (2014). A Matter of Timing: Developmenal Theories of Romantic Involvement and Psychosocial Adjustment. Development and Psychopathology.


  • John P. Hill Memorial Award , Society for Research in Adolescence
  • Distinguished Scientific Contribution, International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development
  • W. T. Grant Faculty Scholar, W. T. Grant Foundation
  • John Evans Award