Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Rhoades, Galena

  • Kayla KnoppEmail author
  • Lane L. Ritchie
  • Shelby Scott
  • Aleja Parsons
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_762


Galena Kline Rhoades, Ph.D.


Dr. Galena Rhoades is a psychologist and leading researcher of romantic relationship development and functioning. She has been an influential contributor to the couples and family field primarily due to her research on premarital cohabitation and her role in developing, evaluating, and disseminating evidence-based relationship education. Her research team is housed at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, collaborating with other scholars and agencies both nationally and internationally (such as the National Institutes of Health, the Administration for Children and Families, and the Jacobs Foundation in Switzerland).


Dr. Rhoades earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from the University of Denver under the mentorship of Drs. Howard Markman and Scott Stanley. She completed a clinical internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2008. She then returned to the University of Denver as a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kayla Knopp
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lane L. Ritchie
    • 1
  • Shelby Scott
    • 2
  • Aleja Parsons
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.Denver Veterans Affairs Medical CenterDenverUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Heather Pederson
    • 1
  • Diana Semmelhack
    • 2
  1. 1.Council for RelationshipsPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Midwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA