Bernard Murstein

Bernard Murstein

May Buckley Sadowski '19 Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Joined Connecticut College: 1963-1999

B.S.S., City College, New York; M.S., University of Miami; Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin


Theories of marital choice

Interpersonal attraction, intimate relationships, marital adjustment

Gender differences in relationships

Cross-cultural studies, surveys

Marital, family and group psychology

Professor Murstein's research interests span a number of topics, from his stimulus-value-role theory to the relationship of psychotherapists' work to their own marriage adjustment. He used his research in these and other areas in his courses "Current Research on Marriage and Other Intimate Lifestyles: A Psycho-Sociological Approach" and a "Seminar on Interpersonal Relationships." Before his retirement in 1999, he also taught two graduate courses along these lines, "Family, Group, and Marital Therapy: Theories and Practices" and "Intimate Relations."

Bernard Murstein's book, Getting psyched for Wall Street: A rational approach to an irrational market, was published in 2002 by Cypress Publishing Group.

Murstein is the author of over 150 other publications, including "The Relationship of Exchange to Commitment" in the Handbook of Interpersonal Commitment and Relationship Stability, W.H. Jones and J.M. Adams (Eds.), "Projection = Pathology: The Problem that is not Being Addressed" in the Journal of Personality Assessment (1996), "Gender differences in power and self-disclosure in dating and married couples" in Personal Relationships (1995), "Sex, drugs, relationships, contraception and fears of disease on a college campus over 17 years" in Adolescence (1994), "The public¹s knowledge about psychologists and other mental health professionals" in American Psychologist (1993), and "Cognition comes to personal relationships" in Contemporary Psychology (1992). He is also the author of seven books, including Paths to Marriage (1986) and Who Will Marry Whom? Theories and Research in Marital Choice (1976). His first book, Theory and Research in Projective Techniques, was named one of the 50 most important books in psychology by Basic Sources of Information in Social Sciences .

His many honors include being named to the Twentieth Century's Psychologists list by the Papeles Psicologos del Colegio (Spanish Psychological Association), being Fellow and past president of the Society for Personality Assessment, as well as Fellow of the Clinical, Personality and Social, and Family Psychology Divisions of the American Psychological Association. He received grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health for his work on stimulus properties of projective techniques and the determinants of mental choice. In addition, Murstein is a diplomat of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology and maintains a small private practice as a psychotherapist.

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Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320