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

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SHK-Stelle (ca. 5 Std/Woche)

Wir suchen ab sofort eine Studentische Hilfskraft (5h/Woche), die uns bei der Datenauswertung im Rahmen einer smartphonebasierten Mobile-Sensing-Studie unterstützt. Fortgeschrittene Kenntnisse in der Bereinigung und Auswertung umfangreicher Längsschnittdaten in R sowie die Bereitschaft, sich mich state-of-the-art Smartphone-Sensing auseinanderzusetzen, sind von Vorteil. Die Ausschreibung richtet sich an Studierende der Psychologie, Informatik, Mathematik und an Studierende anderer Fächer sofern die notwendigen R-Kenntnisse vorliegen; psychologische Kenntnisse sind nicht zwingend erforderlich. Bewerbungen mit den üblichen Unterlagen (Lebenslauf, Leistungsübersicht) bitte an: nicolas.hoberg@wwu.de


Interessenten an einem Forschungspraktikum in unserer AE können sich gern jederzeit bei uns melden! Bitte eine E-Mail an: katharina.salo@wwu.de


Informationen zu aktuellen Themen für Abschlussarbeiten gibt es hier.


News about the research team

Please visit our project website for more detailed information on our main research project: www.familienpsychologie-forschung.de



  • 2022-08-08: - New publication - Fischer, A. H. & Pauw, L. S. (2022). Een emotie-wetenschappelijk perspectief op herstelrecht. In Claessen, J. & Van Hoek, A. (Eds.), Door de ogen van... Herstelrecht bezien vanuit verschillende disciplines. Boom Uitgevers.
  • 2022-08-08: - New publication - Pauw, L. S., Sauter, D. A., Gratch, J., Van Kleef, G. A., & Fischer, A. H. (2022). The avatar will see you now: Support from a virtual human provides socio-emotional benefits. Computers in Human Behavior, 107368. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2022.107368
  • 2022-07-12: Interview with Prof. Dr. Anne Milek (TK magazine): Wie viel Smart­phone tut einer Bezie­hung gut?
  • 2022-06-14: A warm welcome to Vica Tomberge!
  • 2022-06-06: - New publication (in press) - Salo, K. I., Pauw, L. S., Echterhoff, G., & Milek, A. (in press). Daily stress, closeness, and coping in romantic relationships during COVID-19-related lockdown: An experience sampling study. Couple Family Psychol.
  • 2021-10-05: Frontiers e-book Individual versus Dyadic Processes: Health and Relationship Outcomes is out, co-edited by Prof. Anne Milek
  • 2021-10-03: - New publication - Manvelian, A., Fivecoat H., Milek A., & Lawrence E. (2021). Ending the silo effect: A test of the relational domain spillover model. Family Process, 00, 1– 19. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12728
  • 2021-10-01: A warm welcome to Dr. Rui Sun!
  • 2021-09-02: Dr. Lisanne Pauw will present @Real Feelings September 9th at 19:30 – join us!
  • 2021-08-31: - New publication - Randall, A. K., Leon, G., Basili, E., … Milek, A.,...Hermesch, N., … & Chiarolanza, C. (2021). Coping with global uncertainty: Perceptions of COVID-19 psychological distress, relationship quality, and dyadic coping for romantic partners across 27 countries. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075211034236
  • 2021-08-16: - New publication - Meier, T., Milek, A., Mehl, M. R., Nussbeck, F. W., Neysari, M., Bodenmann, G., Martin, M., Zemp, M., & Horn, A. B. (2021). I blame you, I hear you: Couples’ pronoun use in conflict and dyadic coping. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075211029721
  • 2021-08-13: - New publication - große Deters, F., Meier ,T., Milek, A., Horn, A. B. (2021). Self-focused and other-focused health concerns as predictors of the uptake of corona contact tracing apps: Empirical study. J Med Internet. 23(8). doi: 10.2196/29268
  • 2021-07-21: - New publication - Turliuc, M.N., Milek, A., & Trillingsgaard, T.L. (2021). Editorial: Individual versus Dyadic Processes: Health and Relationship Outcomes. Front. Psychol. 12:714548. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.714548
  • 2021-07-19: Interview with Dr. Lisanne Pauw about sharing emotions online: De een brengt zichzelf huilend in beeld, de ander plaatst een foto. Hoe ga je online om met emoties?
  • 2021-05-28: A warm welcome to Sonja Pacitto-Schleithoff!
  • 2021-05-07: - New publication- Israelashvili, J., Pauw, L.S., Sauter, D.A., Fischer, A.H. (2021). Emotion Recognition from Realistic Dynamic Emotional Expressions Cohere with Established Emotion Recognition Tests: A Proof-of-Concept Validation of the Emotional Accuracy Test. J. Intell. 9(2):25. https://doi.org/10.3390/jintelligence9020025
  • 2021-03-04: - New publication - Pauw, L. S., Hoogeveen, S., Breitenstein, C. J., Meier, F., Rauch-Anderegg, V., Neysari, M., Martin, M., Bodenmann, G., & Milek, A. (2021). Spillover Effects When Taking Turns in Dyadic Coping: How Lingering Negative Affect and Perceived Partner Responsiveness Shape Subsequent Support Provision. Front. Psychol. 12:637534. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.637534
  • 2021-03-01: A warm welcome to Leonie Schröder!
  • 2021-01-25: Interview with Prof. Anne Milek in Apotheken Umschau: Gute Partnerschaft trotz Pandemie: Tipps
  • 2020-12-22: Interview with Prof. Anne Milek at wdr.de: Weihnachten friedlich - wie geht das in Corona-Zeiten?
  • 2020-12-10: Interview with Prof. Anne Milek at Radio Leverkusen about Christmas in times of corona
  • 2020-12-01: Prof. Anne Milek in WWU-Cast: Wie beeinflusst Corona Paare und Familien?
  • 2020-12-01: A warm welcome for our new lab member Nicolas Hoberg
  • 2020-11-30: - New publication - Danvers, A. F., Milek, A., Tackman, A. M., Kaplan, D. M., Robbins, M. L., Poslinelli, A., Moseley, S., Raison, C. L., Sbarra, D., & Mehl, M. R. (2020). Is frequent sighing an indicator of dispositional negative emotionality? A multi-sample, multi-measure naturalistic-observation study. Journal of Research in Personality, 104046. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2020.104046
  • 2020-11-30: - New publication - Meier, T., Boyd, R.L., Milek, A., Pennebaker, J.W., Mehl, M. R., Martin, M., Wolf, M. & Horn, A.B. (in press). Stereotyping in the digital age: Male language is „ingenious“, female language is „beautiful" – and popular. PlosOne.
  • 2020-11-26: Interview with Prof. Anne Milek in Zeit Online: How families can prepare for Christmas in times of corona
  • 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
  • 2020-03-13: Interview with Lisanne Pauw in Brandtpunt
  • 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