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Award recognizes psychology professor’s work on relationships in adolescence

University of Denver psychology Professor Wyndol Furman has won the 2012 John P. Hill Memorial Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence.

The award — given to one person every two years — recognizes research scientists “whose overall program of work has had a significant impact on our understanding of development and behavior during the second decade of the lifespan,” according to the organization’s website.

Furman, who has taught at DU for 35 years, is a John Evans Professor and director of clinical training in the University’s psychology department. The award cites his ongoing research on romantic relationships in adolescence and early adulthood and how these experiences affect subsequent relationships and well-being.

Furman began studying adolescent romantic relationships in the mid-1990s, when there was little research on the subject, he says. He has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals and books on the topic and has edited a book, The Development of Romantic Relationships in Adolescence (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Established in 1984, the Society for Research on Adolescence is an international organization focused on the theoretical, empirical and policy research issues of adolescence. Its goals are to advance understanding of adolescence and enhance the well-being of youth in a globalized world, to lead and shape scientific and public discourse on youth and adolescence, and to guide parenting, schooling, programs and policies.

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