Chalandra Matrice Bryant, Ph.D., M.A., B.S.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science


101 Family Science Center (House A)
403 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-4164

Fax: 706-542-4843

Curriculum Vitae


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Child Development and Family Sciences University of Texas 1996
M.A. Science Education University of South Florida 1990
B.S. Biology University of South Florida 1988


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 Title Years of Service
The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Human Development and Family Studies Associate Professor 2003 to 2010
Iowa State University, Department of Human Development and Family Studies Associate Professor 2001 to 2003
Iowa State University, Department of Human Development and Family Studies Assistant Professor 1998 to 2001


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Recognized as a Faculty Member Who Contributed Greatly to Career Development of UGA Students University of Georgia Career Center 2015
Diversity Achievement Award The Pennsylvania State University 2009
Outstanding Young Professional Award University of Texas, Texas Exes Alumni Association 2005
Reuben Hill Award National Council on Family Relations 2004
New Contributions Award Honoring Significant Contributions to Personal Relationships Research International Association for Relationship Research 2002
Vanguard Award for Faculty Excellence in Leadership Iowa State University 2001 and 2003

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Editorial Board 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.


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.
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.