Psychology of Relationships

Who are we?

The Psychology of Relationships Interest Group (PORIG) has over 250 members. The aims of the group are best articulated in our Terms of Reference, but broadly speaking we wish to promote all manner of activities, research, practice and training that are relevant to the topic of relationships; to provide networking opportunities for people interested in the psychology of relationships; and to provide expert advice to the APS and wider community in the area of relationships.

PORIG hosts a national conference each year, distributes newsletters, arranges professional development opportunities for its members and is an important source of support and information for anyone with an interest in the psychology of relationships. Please feel free to contact us if you'd like more information or take a moment to look around this website and learn more about us.

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Our latest news

  • Early bird registration for the 16th APS-PORIG conference at Deakin University has now been extended to 26th October! Register now to confirm your place at the conference!
  • Join us on the 16 -17th Nov for the 16th APS-PORIG conference hosted by Deakin Downtown, Melbourne.. Abstract submissions and registration details available here. Check out our website for more details!
  • The June 2017 newsletter is finally out - filled with opinion pieces on difficult topics, latest relationship research, and the profile of our PORIG Award winner. Get your copy here!
  • Start booking those flights to Melbourne!! The 16th APS-PORIG annual conference is to be held at Deakin Univeristy Downton Campus on 16-17 Nov 2017. More details to come!!
  • Would you like to read about our AGM from our recent 15th annual PORIG conference? Find the minutes here.
  • Powerpoint presentations from our recent 15th annual PORIG conference are now available online - you can access them here!
  • Missed out on our last webinar with Associate Professor Damien Riggs speaking on 'Working with LGBT people and their animal companions who have experienced violence'? You can contact our convenor Dr Adam Gerace at if you are interested in obtaining the recording of this webinar.
  • The September PORIG Newsletter is now available online. Filled with opinion pieces and biographies on our 2016 Conference Chairs.. find out more here!
  • Did you know PORIG holds webinars keeping you updated with the latest offerings in relationship science? You can find out more about our previous webinar series here..


(Do you have any newsworthy items you'd like to see included here? Contact our convenor Dr Adam Gerace at