REACH is a research group led by Professor Nickola Overall and Dr Jessica Maxwell at the University of Auckland.
Our research focuses on how emotional, attachment and relationship difficulties can be overcome to build healthy and happy relationships. We investigate how couples and families can effectively support each other and resolve conflict to enhance health and wellbeing.
We also examine how people’s relationship insecurities and negative beliefs influence the way they respond in relationships, and identify the factors that can overcome the dysfunctional patterns that can arise from relationship insecurity.
Read more about our research programs on this site, and be sure to follow us on Facebook as well. Welcome!
Our lab lead, Dr Jessica Maxwell, chats to the BBC about how one episode of Sex and the City sparked an interest in researching how our beliefs can influence our intimate relationships.
Read this article from Stuff, where Dr Jessica Maxwell discusses whether the premise of Netflix show Love is Blind could work in real life!
Read this article from the Royal Society Te Apārangi to learn about our research conducted during the April 2020 COVID-19 lockdown in New Zealand.