Bjarne Holmes
Bjarne Holmes
Affiliated with Psychology

Dr. Bjarne Holmes has taught in three different countries and educational systems over the last 15 years. He's come to the conclusion that teaching is primarily about providing an opportunity for students to learn to think and to learn to follow their passions in life. He believes that the students who do best in the psychology program are those who have personal life experiences that they bring with them to the classroom - experiences that they now are ready to better understand and which have helped form a passion for bettering themselves, their communities, and the world they live in. Before joining Champlain, Dr. Holmes directed the Family and Personal Relationships Laboratory at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Prior to that he was an Instructor at Harvard Medical School in their Psychiatry Department and also taught at UMass Amherst, Smith College, and in Sweden. Dr. Holmes' scholarship is focused on romantic relationships, attachment, and parenting - in which he has over twenty published peer-reviewed papers or book chapters and also served as Associate Editor to the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. You can read more about his work here:

He writes a blog for Psychology Today called "Love by the Numbers." He also founded and produces the award-winning podcast series Relationship Matters, now being recorded at Champlain College. In his free time Dr. Holmes is an avid rock climber and mountaineer, having taken part in expeditions to such places as Greenland, Kyrgyzstan, and Himalaya. In the winter you'll find him skiing or dog-sledding with his two wolf-type dogs, Loki and Freja, which tend to hang out in his office and may even join you in class from time to time.

Academia Profile:

Professional Experience & Areas of Expertise

Professional Experience

Associate Editor, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships; Chair of Media Relations Committee, International Association for Relationship Research (IARR); Former Director of Family & Personal Relationships Laboratory, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland; Post-Doctoral Researcher & Project Director, Center for Biobehavioral Family Studies, Harvard Medical School.

Areas of Expertise:

Attachment & Romantic Relationships

Personal Interests:

Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, International Travel


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