Department of Psychology

Pryale Hall, Room 111
654 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2300
Fax: (248) 370-4612

Robby Stewart, Ph.D. - Oakland University


Robby Stewart, Ph.D. 
Office: 217 Varner Hall 
Phone: 248-370-2140 
Fax: 248-370-4280 
Personal Web Page: 

Major Field 
Developmental Psychology; Interpersonal Relations; Attachment theory; Intimacy and psychological well-being 

University of Virginia, BA (Psychology, Religious Studies) 
Pennsylvania State University, MS (Human Development & Family Studies) 
Pennsylvania State University, PhD (Human Development & Family Studies) 

Research Interests 
Throughout my research career I have focused on attachment relationships within the family. At Oakland University I have studied the ontogeny of sibling attachment bonds, the similarities and differences in sibling, best friend, and significant other bonds, and the role of sibling relationships across the life-span. My students and I have studied enduring intimate relationships by addressing the question of how the concept of intimacy varies both across relationships and across the life-span.  In recent years, my students and I have focused our attention of a project we call "The Pursuit of Happiness".  In this project we assess the impact various cognitive and behavioral processes have on satisfaction with life, psychological well-being, and social well-being.  This project involves a series of empirical studies and interventions as we strive to create a program to assist individuals in obtaining greater happiness in life. Please see the Research section of my personal web page for summaries of these projects. 

Abstracts of my recent publications are posted on the Research section of my personal web page. 

I am serving as an associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. I am not scheduled to teach any psychology courses in the near future, but I am continuing my programmatic research in Positive Psychology. I do not check the phone line in Pryale Hall very often; if you wish to contact me, please do so at 217 Varner Hall, 248-370-2140. 

Other Interests 
Cycling, wilderness hiking, cooking, watching films and listening to music.