My personal research interests include commitment in couple relationships, romantic relationship formation, marriage, decision making during emerging adulthood (18-29 year olds), and Marriage and Family Therapy theory. I am currently exploring with my research team a new phenomenon in romantic relationship formation which I call just talking. With the substantial adoption of smartphones and the use of social media, emerging adults are communicating and forming relationships in unprecedented ways.
In January 2018 I finished writing a book with my colleague Dr. Alexandra Schmidt entitled Contextual Therapy: Clinical Applications for Family Health. This book is contracted through Routledge and is currently in the production process.
Currently I am collecting data and collaborating with Dr. Leah LeFebvre who is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Alabama.
Helpful Links About Dr. Sibley
Manuscripts Under Review
- Turns, B. & Sibley, D. S. (revise and resubmit) Does maternal spanking lead to bullying behaviors at school? A longitudinal study
- Turns, B., Springer, P. R., & Sibley, D. S., (revise and resubmit). Transparency as an intervention in family psychotherapy.
Manuscripts In Progress
- Sibley, D. S., Vennum, A., Brown, C., LeFebvre, L. E., & Mallory, A. (in preparation). “We’re just talking”: Investigating a new trend in emerging adult romantic relationship formation.
- LeFebvre, L. E. & Sibley, D. S. (in preparation). The impact of social media and technology on romantic relationship formation and rejection.
- Springer, P. R., Turns, B., & Sibley, D. S. (in preparation). The need for transparency in family therapy supervision.
- Sibley, D. S., Springer, P. R., Vennum, A. V., & McMillan, B. (in preparation). Investigating deciding factors of commitment leading to marriage: A qualitative inquiry.
- Sibley, D. S., Vennum A., Stanley, S. M., Kahovec, A., R, Schraufnagel, H., Lupo, T., Roark, J., Stoffel, H., & Wilson, H. (in preparation). Proceed with caution: How emerging adults are testing the water in just talking romantic relationships.
- Sibley, D. S., Stoffel, H., Schraufnagel, H., Kahovec, A., & Roark, J. (in preparation). “The game’s rigged”: Exploring gender differences during emerging adulthood in just talking romantic relationships
- Sibley, D. S., Vennum, A, & Hartenstein J. (in preparation). The theory of resilient commitment.
Books in Progress
- Schmidt, A. E. & Sibley, D. S. (2018, in press). Contextual Therapy: Clinical Applications for Family Health. Book contracted for publication with Routledge.