Brian Don, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Brian Don is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to UCSF, he completed his PhD at Kent State University, a postdoctoral fellowship in Social Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was also an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at California Lutheran University. Brian's research focuses on close relationships, especially on how motivation, affect, and mindfulness influence the health and quality of key relational interactions. You can visit to find out more about Brian's research.


The Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction and Frustration Scales probably do not validly measure need frustration.

Psychological assessment

Murphy BA, Watts AL, Baker ZG, Don BP, Jolink TA, Algoe SB

Here one time, gone the next: Fluctuations in support received and provided predict changes in relationship satisfaction across the transition to parenthood.

Journal of personality and social psychology

Eller J, Girme YU, Don BP, Rholes WS, Mickelson KD, Simpson JA

New parental positivity: The role of positive emotions in promoting relational adjustment during the transition to parenthood.

Journal of personality and social psychology

Don BP, Eller J, Simpson JA, Fredrickson BL, Algoe SB, Rholes WS, Mickelson KD

Enjoying the sweet moments: Does approach motivation upwardly enhance reactivity to positive interpersonal processes?

Journal of personality and social psychology

Don BP, Fredrickson BL, Algoe SB

Social Support in Intimate Relationships: The Role of Relationship Autonomy.

Personality & social psychology bulletin

Don BP, Hammond MD

Anxiety across the transition to parenthood: change trajectories among low-risk parents.

Anxiety, stress, and coping

Don BP, Chong A, Biehle SN, Gordon A, Mickelson KD

Feeling like part of a team: Perceived parenting agreement among first-time parents

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Brian P Don, Susanne N Biehle, Kristin D Mickelson

Paternal postpartum depression: The role of maternal postpartum depression, spousal support, and relationship satisfaction

Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice

Brian P. Don, Kristin D. Mickelson