||Field of Study
||Child Development and Family Sciences
||University of Texas
||University of South Florida
||University of South Florida
I am currently examining the marital relationships of newlywed African American couples. The primary goal of this longitudinal research is to examine the effect of social, familial, economic, occupational, and psychological factors on marital and health outcomes, as couples transition through the newlywed phase of their relationships. Given that relatively little is known about (a) the marital relationships of African Americans, (b) the impact of distinct stressors experienced by African Americans, and (c) the interrelationship between health and marriage among African Americans, it is important to conduct a within-group study in order to carefully examine these issues.
HDFS 2100 Development Within the Family
HDFS 6630 Theories of Family Relationships
HDFS 8950 Seminar: Premarital and Marital Relationships
FYOS 1001 Seminar: Intimate Relationships
Prior Professional Positions
|Organization / Department
||Years of Service
|The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
||2003 to 2010
|Iowa State University, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
||2001 to 2003
|Iowa State University, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
||1998 to 2001
|Recognized as a Faculty Member Who Contributed Greatly to Career Development of UGA Students
||University of Georgia Career Center
|Diversity Achievement Award
||The Pennsylvania State University
|Outstanding Young Professional Award
||University of Texas, Texas Exes Alumni Association
|Reuben Hill Award
||National Council on Family Relations
|New Contributions Award Honoring Significant Contributions to Personal Relationships Research
||International Association for Relationship Research
|Vanguard Award for Faculty Excellence in Leadership
||Iowa State University
||2001 and 2003
||Name of Journal
||Journal of Family Theory and Review
||2008 to Present
Boss, P., Bryant, C.M., Mancini, J.A. (in press). Family Stress Management: A Contextual Approach, Third Edition. Sage Publications.
SELECTED JOURNAL ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS
Bryant, C.M., Futris, T., Hicks, M.R., Lee, T-K. & Oshri, A. (in press) African American Stepfather-Stepchild Relationships, Marital Quality, and Mental Health. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage.
Barton, A. & Bryant, C.M. (in press). Financial strain and trajectories of marital processes, and African American newlyweds’ marital instability. Journal of Family Psychology.
Bryant, C.M. (2016). Simplifying the complex complicates our findings: Understanding marriage, singlehood, and health, pp. 215-222. In Susan M. McHale, Valerie King, Jennifer Van Hook, & Alan Booth (Eds.), Gender and Couple Relationships. Springer Publisher.
Wickrama, T., Bryant, C.M., (2012). Association between BMI and depressive symptoms of African American married couples: Mediating and moderating roles of couples' behavioral closeness. Journal of Family Issues, 33(5), 613-638.
Stanik, C.E. & Bryant, C.M. (2012). Marital quality of newlywed African American couples: Implications of egalitarian gender role dynamics. Sex Roles, 66, 256-267.
Stanik, C.E. & Bryant, C.M. (2012). Sexual satisfaction, perceived availability of alternative partners, and marital quality in newlywed African American couples. Journal of Sex Research, 49(4), 400-407.
Wickrama, K.A.S., Surjadi, F., & Bryant, C.M. (2011). Work, marriage, and health behaviors of African American working couples. Personal Relationships, 18(4), 519-531.
Cutrona, C.E., Russell, D.W., Burzette, R.G., Wesner, K.A., & Bryant, C,M. (2011). Predicting relationship stability among midlife African American Couples. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79(6), 814-825.
Bryant, C. M. (Oct. 2010). Understanding the intersection of race and marriage: Does one model fit all? Psychological Sciences Agenda-Science Brief, October, 2010. http://www.apa.org/science/about/psa/2010/10/race-marriage.aspx
Bryant, C.M., Wickrama, K.A.S., Bolland, J.M., Bryant, B.M., & Cutrona, C.E., Stanik, C.E. (2010). Race matters, even in marriage: Identifying factors linked to marital outcomes for African Americans. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2 (3), 157-174.
Wickrama, K.A.S., Bryant, C. & Wickrama, T. (2010). Perceived community disorder, hostile marital interactions, and self-reported health of African American couples: An interdyadic process. Personal Relationships, 17(4), 515-531
Bryant, C.M. & Bryant, B.M., Families, Demographic Trends. (2009). In Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Bryant, C.M., Taylor, R., Lincoln, K.D., Chatters, L. Jackson, J.S. (2008). Marital satisfaction among African Americans and Black Caribbeans: Findings from National Survey of American Life. Family Relations, 239-253.
Bryant, C.M. & Bragg, M. (2008). Marital trends and familial influences: Toward developing an understanding of context (pp. 345-364). In W. Schaie and R. Ables (Eds.), Social Structures and Aging Individuals: Continuing Challenges. Springer Publishing Company.
Bolland, J.M., Bryant, C.M., Lian, B.E., McCallum, D.M., Vazsonyi, A.T., & Barth, J.M. (2007). Development and risk behavior among African American, Caucasian, and mixed-race adolescents living in high poverty inner-city neighborhoods. American Journal of Community Psychology.
Bryant, C.M., Bolland, J., Burton, L., Hurt, T., Bryant, B. (2006). The Changing Social Context of Relationships. In P. Noller and J. Feeney (Eds.) Close Relationships: Functions, Forms and Processes. Psychology Press, pp. 25-47. (Part of a series called Frontiers of Social Psychology. The series is edited by Arie Kruglanski of the University of Maryland and Joseph Forgas of the University of New South Wales in Australia.)
Wickrama, T., Wickrama, K.A.S., & Bryant, C.M. (2006). The influence of community poverty on adolescent obesity: Race/ethnic differences. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 35, 647-657.
Bryant, C.M. (2006). Pathways linking early experiences and later relationship functioning (pp. 103-112). In A.C. Crouter and A. Booth (Eds.) Romance and Sex in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: Risks and Opportunities. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Bryant, C.M. & Wickrama, K.A.S. (2005). Marital relationships of African Americans: A contextual approach (pp. 111-134). In V. McLoyd, N. Hill, and K. A. Dodge (Eds.) African American Family Life: Ecological and Cultural Diversity. New York: Guilford Press.
Cui, M., Lorenz, F., Conger, R., Melby, J., & Bryant, C. (2005). Observer, Self-, and Partner Reports of Hostile Behaviors in Romantic Relationships, Journal of Marriage and Family, 67, 1169-1181.
Bolland, J.M. & Bryant, C.M. (2005). Their voices should count, too: Family structure from the perspective of children, pp 8-9, Family Focus, Issue FF26.
Bryant, C.M.(2005). Developing Professional Skills in Methods: Writing Grant Proposals (Spotlight on Methods). In V.L. Bengtson, A.C. Acock; K.R. Allen, P. Dilworth-Anderson, & D.M. Klein (Eds.), Sourcebook of Family Theory & Research. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Wickrama, K.A.S., Noh, S., Bryant, C.M. (2005). Racial differences in adolescent distress: Differential effects of the family and community for blacks and whites. Journal of Community Psychology, 33(3), 261-282.
Donnellan, M.B., Conger, R.D., & Bryant, C.M. (2004). The big five and enduring marriages. Journal of Research in Personality, 38(5), 481-504.
Conger, K., Bryant, C., & Brennom, J. (2004). The changing nature of adolescent sibling relationships: A theoretical framework for evaluating the role of relationship quality. In R. D. Conger, F. Lorenz, K.A.S. Wickrama (Eds.) Continuity and Change in Family Relations: Theory, Methods, and Empirical Findings (319-344). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum
Wickrama, K.A.S., Bryant, C., & Conger, R.D. (2004). Change and continuity in marital relationships during the middle years. In R. Conger, F. Lorenz, K.A.S. Wickrama (Eds.) Continuity and Change in Family Relations: Theory, Methods, and Empirical Findings (pp. 123-143). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Wickrama, K.A. S. & Bryant, C.M. (2003). Community context of social resources and adolescent mental health. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 850-866.
Melby, J., Hoyt, W., & Bryant, C. (2003). A generalizability approach to assessing the effects of ethnicity and training on observer ratings of family interactions. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 20(2), 171-191.
Cutrona, C. E., Russell, D. W., Abraham, W.T., Gardner, K., Melby, J., Bryant, C., & Conger, R.D. (2003). Neighborhood context and financial strain as predictors of marital interaction and marital quality in African American couples. Journal of Personal Relationships, 10, 389-409.
Cui, M., Conger, R., Bryant, C. & Elder, G. (2002). Parental behavior and the quality of adolescent friendships: A social contextual perspective. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 64, 676-689.
Bryant, C.M. & Conger, R.D. (2002). An intergenerational model of romantic relationship development. In A.L. Vangelisti H.T. Reiss, M.A. Fitzpatrick (Eds.) Stability and Change in Relationships (pp. 57-82). New York: Cambridge University Press.
Bryant, C. M., Conger, R. D., & Meehan, J. (2001). The influence of in-laws on change in marital success. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 63, 614-626.
Conger, R. D., Cui, M., Bryant, C., & Elder, G. (2001). Competence in early adult romantic relationships: A developmental perspective on family influences. Prevention & Treatment, 4, American Psychological Association. ISSN 1522-3736 (Reprint).
Conger, R. D., Cui, M., Bryant, C., & Elder, G. H., Jr. (2000). Competence in early adult romantic relationships: A developmental perspective on family influences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 224-237.
Bryant, C. M., & Conger, R. D. (1999). Marital success and domains of social support in long-term relationships: Does the influence of network members ever end? Journal of Marriage and the Family, 61, 437-450.
Christian, C. & Bryant, C. (1998). Birth Mothers’ Adjustment and Resolution of Grief. In R. McRoy & H. Grotevant (Eds.), pp. 135-172. Openness in Adoption: Exploring Family Connections. Newbury Park: Sage.
Christian, C., McRoy, R., Grotevant, H., & Bryant, C. (1997). Grief resolution of birthmothers in confidential, time-limited mediated, on-going mediated, and fully disclosed adoptions. Adoption Quarterly, 1(2), 35-58.