Rich is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology at Wayne State University. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and his Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to Wayne State, he spent two years as an NIMH postdoctoral fellow in Health Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the recipient of the Caryl Rusbult Close Relationships Early Career Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) and the award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology by an Early Career Professional from the Society for Health Psychology (APA Division 38).
Area of Expertise
Understanding the impact of close relationships on health and well-being is the central focus of Rich's research and teaching. His research has two main facets: basic research on close relationship processes--particularly intimacy processes such as self-disclosure and partner responsiveness--and investigations of the links between close relationships, biological processes and physical health. He uses a variety of research methodologies (structured laboratory experiments, group interactions, daily diary studies, and behavioral observation), and statistical methods (multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, dyadic data analysis, and meta-analysis) in his work.