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Sarah W Whitton

Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Cincinnati
United States of America


Dr. Whitton research aims to better understand modern couples and families and to help them build and maintain the types of strong, stable relationships that promote health and well-being. She is particularly interested in understudied and marginalized groups, including sexual and gender minorities. Dr. Whitton conducts basic research to identify factors that promote strong relationships in the face of adversity, and uses the findings to develop couple-based interventions to promote individual, couple, and family health.

Research Interest

Understanding and supporting healthy couple relationships, particularly among understudied groups such as sexual and gender minorities.


  • Whitton, S. W., Weitbrecht, E.M., Kuryluk, A. D., & Hutsell, D. W. (2016). A randomized waitlist-controlled trial of culturally sensitive relationship education for male same-sex couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 30, 763-768.

  • Whitton, S. W., Newcomb, M. E., Messinger, A., Byck, G., & Mustanski, B. (in press). A longitudinal study of intimate partner violence victimization among sexual minority youth. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

  • Newcomb, M. E., Macapagal, K. R., Feinstein, B. A., Bettin, E., Swann, G., & Whitton, S. W. (In press). Integrating HIV prevention and relationship education for young same-sex male couples: A pilot trial of the 2GETHER intervention. AIDS and Behavior

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