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Dr. Susan Sprecher

Sociology Distinguished Professor
Sociology and Anthropology
Schroeder Hall - SCH 351
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  • Awards & Honors
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Current Courses

285.003Honors Undergraduate Research I

398.002Professional Practice:Internship In Sociological Research

300.003Senior Experience In Sociology

223.001Social Psychology

290.027Special Projects:Research Apprenticeship

291.001Undergraduate Teaching Experience In Sociology-Antropology

123.001Human Sexuality

Teaching Interests & Areas

Susan Sprecher earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has written on interpersonal attraction, intimacy, and human sexuality, and has had articles published in the Journal of Personal Relationships. She teaches courses on social psychology, human sexuality, marriage and the family, and personal relationships.

Research Interests & Areas

Social Psychology, Marriage and the Family, Close Relationships, Sexuality. Relationship initiation; love; compassionate love; equity and exchange; sexual attitudes; Internet dating services; relationship initiation

Ph D Sociology

University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

Kenneth Mary Ann Shaw Teaching Award

Illinois State University

Book, Chapter

Sprecher, S., Russell, L., Su-Russell, C., & Schmeeckle, M. Social Networks and Extended Families. The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication. Routledge (2022): 277-293.
Sprecher, S. Creating Closeness and Interdependence: Results of Laboratory-Based Studies Involving Getting-Acquainted Dyads. L. Vanderdrift, C. Agnew, & X. Arriaga (EDs), Interdependence, Interaction, and Relationships. Cambridge Publishers (2020): 343-367.
Sprecher, S. Influence of Self-Disclosure in the Acquaintance Process on Changes in People's Self-Concept, How People Feel About Themselves, and How People Feel About Others. B. A. Mattingly, K. P. McIntyre, and G. W. Lewandowski (EDs), Interpersonal Relationships and Self-Concept (2020): 37-51.
Sprecher, S., Felmlee, D., Stokes, J., McDaniel, B., & . Social networks and relationship maintenance. Brian Ogolsky and Kale Monk (EDs), Relationship Maintenance: Theory, process, and Context. Cambridge University Press (2020): 152-177.
Sprecher, S., & Treger, S. Scale of Sexual Permissiveness for Relationship Stages. R. Milhausen et al. (EDs), Handbook of sexuality-related measures (4th edition) (2019)


Fehr, B., & Sprecher, S. Love. J. Ponzetti et al. (EDs), Macmillan Encyclopedia of Intimate and Family Relationships (2021): 542-547.
Sprecher, S., Treger, S., & Hatfield, E. Love. Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research and Well-being Research (2nd ed.). Springer (2021)
Sprecher, S., & O'Sullivan, L. Premarital sex. Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2nd edition) (2021)
Roberts, L., Sprecher, S., & Roberts, L. Marital sex. J. Ponzetti et al. (EDs), Macmillan Encyclopedia of Intimate and Family Relationships (2019): 551-554.
Sprecher, S., & Fehr, B. Relationship dissolution. J. Ponzetti et al. (EDs), Macmillan Encyclopedia of Intimate and Family Relationships (2019): 714-719.

Journal Article

Perlman, D., Sprecher, S., & Drouin, M. Introduction to the special issue on communication technologies and relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 38.12 (2021): 3417-3428.
Sprecher, S. Attachment Orientation and Reasons for and Reactions to "Virginity" in College. Current Psychology (2021)
Sprecher, S. Closeness and Other Affiliative Outcomes Generated from the Fast Friends Procedure: A Comparison with a Small-Talk Task and an Unstructured Getting-Acquainted Task the Moderating Role of Mode of Communication. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 38.5 (2021): 1452-1471.
Sprecher, S., & Felmlee, D. Social Network Pressure to Enter a Romantic Relationship, Fear of Being Single, and the Role of Gender. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships 15.2 (2021): 246-261.
Sprecher, S. Social bonding in initial acquaintance: Effects of modality and modality order. Social Psychology Quarterly 84 (2021): 216-234.


Reflections on IARR. The conference for the International Association for Relationship Research. (2021)
Kanter, J.B., Lannin, D.G., Yazedjian, A., Rauer, A., & Sprecher, S. (November, 2021). Investigating risk and resilience associated with couples’ longitudinal experiences in relationship education programming. [Paper Session]. National Council on Family Relations, Baltimore, MD. [Conference online]
Interdependence and Closeness in Getting-Acquainted Dyads. The International Association for Relationship Research. (2017)
Mate Preferences in Emerging Adulthood and Beyond: Cross-sectional and Retrospective Analyses to Examine Change. The International Association for Relationship Research. (2017)
Can I connect with both you and my social network?: Access to network-salient communication technology and get-acquainted interaction.. Mini-conference for the International Association for Relationship Research. (2015)
Heterosexual couples' perceptions of balance of the work of relationship initiation and maintenance. Society for the Personality and Social Psychology. (2015)
The Study of Get-Acquainted Interactions through the Social Interaction Paradigm. Department of Psychology; University of California - San Bernardino. (2015)
The Study of Get-acquainted Interactions Using the Social Interaction Paradigm. Department of Human and Community Development. (2015)
Elevating Positive Mood Through Getting-Acquainted Interactions: Results from Two Get-Acquainted Interaction Studies. Midwest Psychological Association Meeting. (2014)
"Self-Expansion in Initial Interactions: Effects of Perceived and Actual Similarity". Annual Conference for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. (2014)