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Welcome to the Couple and Family Psychology Lab at the University of Münster. Our research focuses on experiences and behaviors of individuals as part of a larger couple or family system. We are interested in how couples and families master the small and big challenges of everyday life and how we can support them in times of stress.

On the following pages you will find, among other things, information about our team, about the current research interests, about media outreach, and about teaching. In addition, we inform you about the latest lab news down below.

Current publications of our team can be found here: Publications

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Prof. Dr. Anne Milek

- research team Couple & Family Psychology

News about the research team


  • 2020-11-20: Call for donations to the "Corona-Notfond" of the WWU which is desgnated to aid students who need financial support during the coronavirus crisis. If you want to donate or apply for financial support, please click here
  • 2020-10-22: A new chapter by Prof. Anne Milek on emotion regulation in couples was published in Handbuch Emotionsregulation: Zwischen Psychischer Gesundheit und Psycholpathologie
  • 2020-10-20: The university of Wuppertal offers a position as research associate, here you can find more information
  • 2020-10-09: Prof. Anne Milek as guest of Deutschlandfunk talking about "Prescribed Distance - Love and Friendship in Times of Corona"
  • 2020-10-01: A warm welcome to Andreea Ursu. She has successfully applied for a WWU WIRE Postdoc grant and will conduct a study on the subject of "Emotion regulation in partnerships" for 9 month in our work unit
  • 2020-09-25: New publication - Family time as a protective factor for emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus has been published in the journal for psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy
  • 2020-09-15: Recruitment ESM study: We investigate the impact of smartphones on the communication within romantic relationships. Please find more information here
  • 2020-09-01: A warm welcome to our new student assistants: Paulen Brouer, Cansu Yildirim, Kathrin Böhlemann
  • 2020-07-02: Prof. Anne Milek as guest of Dr. Yael Adler - podcast of the Techniker Krankenkasse about health and relationship; in an additional podcast Anne Milek answers to questions posed by the audience
  • 2020-05-05: We are hiring three student assistants for different projects, please find further information here, applications to lpauw@wwu.de
  • 2020-04-27: Spendenaufruf für den Corona-Notfonds der WWU Münster - Die Universitätsleitung hat gemeinsam mit der Stiftung WWU Münster, der Universitätsgesellschaft Münster und dem Allgemeinen Studierendenausschuss (AStA) den Corona-Notfonds für Studierende ins Leben gerufen
  • 2020-04-10: a video by BR24 about dealing with conflicts during the Coronavirus crisis based on the expertise of Anne Milek
  • 2020-04-03: Radio interview with Anne Milek about the situation of couples during the Coronavirus crisis
  • 2020-03-25: We are hiring student assistants for our project "Digitalization, Burnout & Family Time", applications to anne.milek@wwu.de
  • 2020-03-25: The university of Zurich offers a free online training for couples, it aims at strengthening the relationship in the face of stress
  • 2020-03-16: Interview with Anne Milek about couple therapy
  • 2020-03-01: Two new teaching assistents joined our lab: Alica and Maike. Welcome!
  • 2020-02-15: new publication - The Impact of Interparental Conflict on Children’s Attention and Memory Performance was accepted for publication in Family Relations
  • 2020-January/February: Lisanne Pauw talks about her research in the Dutch media links can be found in "media"
  • 2020-01-19: Lisanne Pauw guest comment on "A rethinking in the minds of researchers is necessary"
  • 2020-01-17: Lisanne Pauw successfully defends her PhD dissertation titled "A Problem Shared is a Problem Halved? On the Dyadic Nature of Emotion Regulation"
  • 2020-02-14: new publication Fair enough? Decreased equity of dyadic coping across the transition to parenthood associated with depression of first-time parents. published in PLOS ONE
  • 2020-01-12: new publication (Not) Lost in translation: Psychological adaptation occurs during speech translation. accepted for publication in Social Psychological and Personality Science
  • 2019-12-01: A warm welcome for our new lab members Katharina Salo and Lisanne Pauw
  • 2019-11-28: A Practical Guide to Coding and Processing EAR Data has been accepted for publication in Behavior Research Methods https://psyarxiv.com/mgzcy/
  • 2019-10-03: A new paper about relationship behaviors across the transition to parenthood has been published in the Journal of Family Issues
  • 2019-10-01: Emma Tiegel, Sarah Thissen and Linnéa Iseke join our lab as student assistants. A warm welcome!
  • 2019-09-30: A new paper about romantic attachment, dyadic coping, and parental adjustment across the transition to parenthood has been published in Personal Relationships