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ABOUT

The Love Consortium is a collaboration among scientists. Join us!

The Mission

THE MISSION

The Love Consortium is a digitally-connected community of researchers engaged in the advanced scientific study of high-quality social connections. Love Consortium members aspire to facilitate such research through collaborative opportunities that emerge from archived data. The Love Consortium Advisory Board, with support from members, facilitates the two core aspects of the mission: fostering connections among researchers and advancing the science.

Values

  • Scientific innovation, rigor, and integrity
  • Inclusion and open-mindedness
  • Future-orientation

On Inclusion

Strategies

  • Supporting rigorous research
  • Training the next generation
  • Outreach to foster and support collaborations
  • Growth: evaluating processes, identifying lessons and opportunities, improving processes
We are committed to understanding human connection across all contexts and from the perspective of all identities. We aspire to facilitate collaborations among researchers from diverse backgrounds as well as advance the science of social relationships across race, ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, identity, and experience. The Love Consortium is for everyone.
The People

THE PEOPLE

BOARD OF ADVISORS
Sara Algoe
Sara Algoe, Ph.D., Director
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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Kristina Coop Gordon, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
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Johan Karremans, Ph.D.
Radboud University
Nijmegen, Netherlands
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Ayana Younge, Ph.D.
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
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Belinda Campos, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, USA
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Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D.
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah, USA
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Jessica Stern, Ph.D.
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
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Amie Gordon, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Emily Impett
Emily Impett, Ph.D.
University of Toronto, Mississauga
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Amrisha Vaish, Ph.D.
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
PROGRAM STAFF
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Laura Kurtz, Ph.D.
Program Manager
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Angela Paige
Science Communications
and Events Coordinator
RESEARCH STAFF
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Alexis Cameron
Research Assistant
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Kylie Chandler
Graduate Student Representative
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Zoe Hansen
Graduate Student Representative
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Tatum Jolink
Graduate Student Representative
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Emily Le
Research Assistant
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Brett A. Murphy, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar

UNC’s Odum Institute Data Archive

FUNDING
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The Past and Future

TLC TIMELINE

The early seeds for The Love Consortium were planted around 2014. The Replicability Movement was putting the squeeze on junior investigators in relationship research, who required bigger sample sizes and more samples, yet had few resources to collect these expensive and time-consuming data; meanwhile, senior investigators had “extra” data on hand from prior studies and an interest in using it but no way to share that information. And more and more evidence was coming to light about the value of finding and maintaining high-quality, caring relationships (e.g., Holt-Lunstad, Smith, and Layton, 2010 ).
 
The Love Consortium capitalizes on technology to present a win-win-win solution for scholars interested in joining research in this area, for Principal Investigators, and for the field.

2016:  Survey of relationship researchers confirms an overwhelming interest in a centralized data sharing and collaboration platform

 

2018:

  • Foundational funding is secured through the John Templeton Foundation to create The Love Consortium Dataverse (TLCDv) and build the TLC network

  • Board of Directors is formed; begins developing the mission, values, and planned activities of The Love Consortium

2019:​​

  • The Love Consortium Inaugural Meeting and the first in-person meeting of the Board of Directors held in Chapel Hill, NC, USA

  • 2 in-person events @ International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada:

    • ​Trainee Workshop on the Science of Love

    • Pre-Conference Workshop

 

2020:​​

  • First TLC staff member is hired!

  • First cohort of 10 graduate student Love Fellows (2020-2021) are awarded research grants and begin work on their projects

  • 3 virtual events hosted:

    • ​TLC Community Event

    • What Is Love?

    • Harnessing Gratitude for Good

 

2021:​​

  • Second cohort of 10 graduate student Love Fellows (2021-2022) are awarded research grants and begin work on their projects

  • Second grant is funded through the John Templeton Foundation to support research on a new measure of love in the moment and interdisciplinary meetings related to this topic

  • 3 virtual events are hosted:

    • ​Open Questions in Compassion Research

    • Inaugural TLC Love Conference

    • Cultural Considerations in the Science of Love

2022:​​

  • Third grant is funded through the John Templeton Foundation to build a global gratitude dataverse and network

  • First in-person TLC Love Conference hosted in Durham, NC, USA

  • 7 junior scholars from underrepresented backgrounds with an interest in the science of love and social connection are awarded travel funding to attend TLC Love Conference

  • 1 additional virtual event is hosted:  Love and Sex Virtual Symposium

2023:​​

  • TLCDv Postathon is hosted @ Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Conference in Atlanta, GA, USA

  • 10 junior scholars from underrepresented backgrounds with an interest in the science of love and social connection are awarded travel funding to attend SPSP Conference

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