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 and social psychology and a psychotherapist. I am working as a Senior 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).
University of Lausanne
Institute of Psychology
Uniscience (personal website, University of Lausanne)