The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Mariana Falconier, an associate professor of human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, for her research focusing on how couples cope with stress, with special focus on economic stress and immigration stress in Latino couples.
In 2015, Falconier won a grant totaling $7.2 million for a five-year project to promote healthy relationships and economic stability among low-income couples. The award was the largest to date to the university’s Department of Human Development from the federal Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Titled “Together: A Couples’ Model to Enhance Relationships and Economic Stability,” the project included 360 couples in Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland. The aim was to improve couples’ well-being, parenting, financial management, and employment.
Her research has been published in peer-reviewed periodicals including Clinical Psychology Review, Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.
She was the clinical director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Family Services at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church from 2008 to 2016.
Falconier holds a doctoral degree and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. She is the leading editor of "Couples Coping With Stress: A Cross-Cultural Perspective."