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Feb. 11, 2019
For Immediate Release

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WaterlooValentine’s Day is Thursday, Feb. 14. Wilfrid Laurier University has experts available to speak about love, relationships, Valentine’s Day marketing and related topics.

Justin Cavallo, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Psychology, is an expert on close relationships, motivation and self-esteem. His research examines close relationships from a social cognitive perspective and how prior relationship experiences influence people’s approach to subsequent relationships. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x4563.

Brad Davis, associate professor of marketing in Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, is an expert on brand communications and strategy, consumer behaviour and ethical issues in marketing communications. He is available to comment about Valentine’s Day marketing and branding. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x2539.

Gary Foster, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Philosophy, is an expert on the philosophy of love and sex, as well as moral psychology. The main focus of his research is on the relationship between love and personal identity. Contact:, 226.972.8059 or 519.884.0710 x2314.

Tristan Long, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Biology, is an evolutionary geneticist and behavioural ecologist. Long’s research focuses on sexual selection. His studies examine male-to-male competition for the opportunity to court or mate with females, why females don't always prefer the same males and the costs and benefits that arise from selective,non-random, multiple mating. Contact: 519.884.0710 x2888 or

Margaret E. Toye, associate professor in Laurier’s Women and Gender Studies Program, is an expert on feminist theories of love. Toye is also a co-founder of the Feminist Love Studies Network, an international organization that researches love from a feminist perspective and plays a crucial role in the formation of the scholarly field of feminist love studies. Contact:

Nicola Newton, assistant professor in Laurier’s Department of Psychology, is an expert on adult development and aging, marriage and health among older couples and how gender, social roles, health and well-being are associated with personality development, particularly in later life. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x4828.

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Media Contacts:

Kevin Crowley, Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070


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