Faculty Biography

James Córdova

James V. Córdova, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Department of Psychology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508.793.7268
Email: jcordova@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae
Center for Couples and Family Research

Dr. Córdova received a B.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1989 and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington at Seattle in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He has been at Clark since 2002.

Current Research and Teaching

The goal of Dr. Córdova's research program is to increase our understanding of the processes that affect marital/couples health and deterioration, particularly those processes that promote greater relationship, mental, and physical health. Dr. Córdova's work involves the theoretical delineation of those processes, the demonstration of their proximal role in relationship health, and the construction of empirically testable procedures for their therapeutic use. The principal processes addressed in his work include intimacy, acceptance, and motivating the adoption of relationship healthy practices. Dr. Córdova's current projects include (1) the Marriage Checkup, a relationship health checkup designed to help partners maintain healthy relationships for a lifetime, (2) observing the process of intimacy development in couples' interactions, and (3) studying the role of emotional skillfulness in relationship health.

Selected Publications

Blair, J.M., & Córdova, J.V. (2009). Commitment as a predictor of participation in premarital education. The Family Journal, 17, 118-125.

Córdova, J. V., & Harp, A. G. (2009). Deteriorating relationships. In H. T. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Mansfield, A.K., Addis, M.E., Cordova, J.V. & Dowd, L.S. (2009).  Emotional skillfulness as a key mediator of aggression.  Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 18, 221-247.

Morrill, M. I., Mahmood, S., Hines, D. A., & Córdova, J. V. (2010). Pathways between marriage and parenting for wives and husbands: The role of coparenting. Family Process, 49(1), 59-73.

Moore, T. M., Stuart, G. L., McNulty, J. K., Addis, M. A., Córdova, J. V., & Temple, J. K. (2008). Domains of masculine gender role stress and intimate partner violence in a clinical sample of violent men. Psychology of Men and Masulinity.

Wachs, K., & Córdova, J. V. (2007). Mindful Relating: Exploring mindfulness and emotion repertoires in intimate relationships. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 33, 464-481.

Mirgain, S., & Córdova, J. V. (2007). Emotion skills and marital health: The association between observed and self-reported emotion skills, intimacy, and marital satisfaction. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 26, 941-967.

Mansfield, A. K., & Córdova, J. V. (2007). A Contemporary behavioral perspective on adult intimacy disorders. (Invited chapter) In D. Woods & J. Kanter (Eds.), Understanding behavior disorders: A contemporary behavioral perspective. Reno, NV: Context Press.

Córdova, J. V., Cautilli, J., Simon, C., Axelrod-Sabag, R. (2006). Behavior analysis of forgiveness in cuples therapy. International Journal of Behavioral and Consultation Therapy, 2(2), 192-214.

Córdova, J. V., Scott, R. L., Dorian, M., Mirgain, S., Yaeger, D., & Groot, A. (2005). The marriage checkup: A motivational interviewing approach to the promotion of marital health with couples at-risk for relationship deterioration. Behavior Therapy, 36,301-309.

Córdova, J. V., Gee, C. G., & Warren, L. Z. (2005). Emotional skillfulness in marriage: Intimacy as a mediator of the relationship between emotional skillfulness and marital satisfaction. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 24, 218-235.

Córdova, J. V., & Dorian, M. (2004). Observing intimacy in couples' interactions. In P. K. Kerig & D. Baucom (Eds.), Couple observational coding systems. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Córdova, J. V., & Mirgain, S. (2004). Social problem solving training with couples. In E.C. Chang, T. J. D'Zurilla, & L. J. Sanna (Eds.), Social problem solving: Theory, research, and training. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Scott, R., & Córdova, J. V. (2002). The influence of adult attachment styles on the association between marital adjustment and depressive symptoms. Journal of Family Psychology, 16, 199-208.