The Daily Affect, Drinking, and Interpersonal Context (DYADIC) Health Lab at Portland State University is run by Dr. Cynthia Mohr. Research team members examine how interpersonal relationships influence health and well-being. We use a variety of methodologies including longitudinal survey methods, daily process (diary) and dyadic designs to reveal negative and positive interpersonal relationship phenomena, including interpersonal conflict or loneliness, as well as social support and sharing of positive experiences.
The following are among the topics we explore:
• Alcohol use motivations and drinking behaviors
• Interdependence of loneliness, intimacy and health between partners
• The health benefits of perceived partner responsiveness
• Dyadic resilience
The lab’s research has been supported by a number of grants including grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Northwest Health Foundation, and most recently the Department of Defense.
The research team currently has two Department of Defense-funded projects underway in collaboration with Dr. Leslie Hammer, Jennifer Dimoff, and Todd Bodner exploring social relationship factors and health in military populations in active duty and national guard/reserves. The goal of this study is to adapt existing programs like the Veteran Supportive Supervisor Training and Mental Health Awareness Training for active duty military leaders.
The Study for Employment Retention of Veterans (SERVe) Project, was a randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of Veteran Supportive Supervisory Training (VSST) with pre- and post-training evaluations. VSST focuses on increasing support for veterans and their families in the civilian workforce with positive impacts expected at both home and work. As part of this larger study conducted in collaboration with Dr. Leslie Hammer, Dr. Mohr directed the Daily Family Study (DFS) in which veterans participating in SERVe and their spouses/cohabiting partners were invited to complete a brief daily online survey regarding activities, work, family and social life.