Dr. Kelly Maxwell Haer is the Executive Director of the Boone Center for the Family and oversees the Relationship IQ program. She loves helping young adults form healthy relationships through researching, developing, and implementing materials that make the intersection of psychological science and theology relevant to daily life. She enjoys creating space for young adults to process relational concerns, training leaders to connect with young adults, and equipping the church to support young adults' relational needs.
Prior to joining the Boone Center team, Kelly taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine's Seaver College. She earned a BS in Nutrition from Furman University, her MA in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Saint Louis University. Kelly is a researcher and speaker on the emotional experience of never-married single women. She has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences on singleness, long-distance dating relationships, eating disorders, and couples' use of communication technologies after infidelity.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she specializes in couples work, adults wrestling with undesired singleness, and women struggling with eating disorders.
Kelly and her husband, Adam, have been married since 2016 and have two young children.
Kelly's Favorite Speaking Topics:
- Equipping young adults for relational success (dating, friendships, boundaries, relational styles, communication & conflict, relationship with family, and relationship with God)
- Helping singles cope with ambiguous loss
- Helping parents and teens understand eating disorders from a faith-based perspective
Contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.506.8551.
Dr. Dori Lansbach is the Relationship IQ Assistant at the Boone Center for the Family. Dori enjoys spending time with young adults and educating them on the importance of healthy relationships and equipping them with communication and conflict resolution skills. She teaches a First Year Seminar at Pepperdine called “The Psychology of Close Relationships.” She leads Relationship IQ small groups and seminars on campus, helps with the Pepperdine student athlete ministry, and works with athletes on their mental and relational health. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of Edinburgh where she also obtained a Master’s Degree in Documentary Film Directing. Lansbach earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts for Education from Pepperdine and has taught elementary education as well as assisted in teaching an undergraduate psychology course at The University of Edinburgh. Lansbach has presented her Doctoral research on Psychological Abuse in Romantic Relationships at conferences such as the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention, the International Association for Relationship Research Conference, and the Conference of the Association of European Qualitative Researchers in Psychology. In addition to her academic passions, Lansbach played collegiate basketball for Pepperdine’s women’s team and was a professional basketball player in Scotland and Spain for five years. She is passionate about Jesus, family, and educating young adults on the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. She is passionate about Jesus, family, and educating young adults on the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Dori's Favorite Speaking Topics:
- Intimate partner violence, specifically psychological abuse in romantic relationships
- Educating young adults on the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships
- Helping athletes navigate the challenges of performance-based identity, pressure, and mental health issues from a faith-based perspective
Contact Dori at email@example.com.
rIQ Interns are an essential part of our team. This year we are proud to have the following Pepperdine students as interns:
Hi there! My name is Katai Mutale (pronounced kah-tye moo-tah-lay). I am a recent Pepperdine Alum (Class of 2023) with a degree in Communication Studies! I am from Lusaka, Zambia, a country in southern Africa. I call myself a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to hobbies and passions: I do all kinds of art (visual, music, performance, written, speaking, fashion), outdoor sports, and I love researching anything and everything. I love Pepperdine for its closeness; it provides several opportunities for anyone to do life together, which tremendously helped me when I was a student. As a Relationship IQ intern, I want to create space for that, especially since I am an alum and can help you navigate any hurdles from now till graduation (and beyond).
Hello there! I'm Sherlene, currently a senior majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications from San Jose, California! During my free time, you can often find me hanging out with friends, indulging in a good book, singing my heart out, or having intentional one-on-one hangouts to forge meaningful connections. One of the things that is truly unique about Pepperdine is its tight-knit community. It's amazing how you can constantly bump into familiar faces on campus and effortlessly meet up with friends while heading to class. This creates fantastic opportunities for engaging in intriguing conversations! Speaking of which, I absolutely adore discussing a wide range of topics. So, if you ever feel like having an intentional and meaningful conversation over coffee, lunch, or dinner, don't hesitate to reach out! I'd be more than thrilled to make that happen!
Hi! My name is Laura Winterod and I'm a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio studying Integrated Marketing and Communications. Some things I love are music, spending time with my family and friends, staying active, and reading. Pepperdine is such a special place and I’m so grateful that I am able to surround myself with some of the most genuine and kind people I have ever met, all while living in Malibu! I’m so excited to be joining Relationship IQ and explore what it means to have healthy relationships while also working to foster the authenticity that I know and love about the Pepperdine community. Feel free to reach out anytime!