It is now a well-established fact: having enough and good relationships with trusted persons is crucial for health and well-being; lacking a supporting network of relationships puts a similar toll on health and life expectancy as smoking or obesity. My research focuses on two facets of the association between close relationships and well-being:

  • First, investigating affectionate behaviors (with a focus on touch) as a mechanism linking close relationships to well-being;
  • Second, using the internet to provide empirically grounded support either for people that have lost such relationships or to promote such support.

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I am a researcher in clinical psychology and relationship science and a psychotherapist. I am working as a tenured Lecturer (Maître d’Enseignement et de Rercherche  I) at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. I am part of the CARLA (Cognitive and Affective Regulation Laboratory) and LIVES center (Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Life course and Vulnerability).


Anik Debrot
University of Lausanne
Institute of Psychology
CH-1015 Lausanne

Uniscience (personal website, University of Lausanne)
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