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Thursday, September 05, 2013 - OU's Dr. Terri Orbuch to host PBS special Sunday, Sept. 8
By Katie Land, news editor

Longtime Oakland University sociology professor Dr. Terri Orbuch – one of America’s most trusted relationship experts – will share her groundbreaking research and reveal the secrets to happy relationships in a national Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) special this fall.

“Relationships are my life. Relationships keep you healthy and happy physically and psychologically, and they are the most important reason that people are happy over time,” said Dr. Orbuch, also known as “The Love Doctor®.”

“My goal in being the love doctor and making my research accessible to real couples is to make science fun and beneficial to everyone.”

“Secrets From The Love Doctor” will premiere at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, on WTVS Detroit Public Television (Channel 56). The Oakland community is encouraged to show support for Dr. Orbuch and Detroit Public Television by calling (800) 859-9887 during the live show, or pledge online at

Viewers who make a pledge to DPTV will receive a bonus DVD and Dr. Orbuch’s popular book, “5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great.”

Dr. Orbuch will celebrate the premiere at the DPTV studios in Wixom with dozens of Oakland administrators, faculty, supporters and alumni. Attendees will enjoy dinner, a tour of the studios, and a mix and mingle with Dr. Orbuch following the program.  

Get a sneak peak and learn more about Dr. Orbuch's work and upcoming PBS special in the video below.

For nearly three decades, Dr. Orbuch has followed hundreds of married couples as part of an ongoing, landmark study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Unlike other relationship experts in the media, Dr. Orbuch blends her years of experience as a therapist with practical advice based on her own scientific research. She has written five books, published more than 40 articles, and been quoted frequently by prominent publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Reader’s Digest.

In her upcoming PBS special, “Secrets From The Love Doctor,” Dr. Orbuch will translate science into accessible and simple strategies for improving and enhancing relationships at every stage. The secrets are based on findings from her study, which has followed the same 373 married couples for 27 years. Although 46 percent of the couples have since divorced, the study continues to follow individuals and to utilize their experiences and insight.

“The PBS experience in and of itself, in terms of rehearsals and meeting with all of the PBS staff, crew and producers, was fun and interesting,” Dr. Orbuch continued.

“I had to first condense all of the really interesting findings from the study and from my books into 60 minutes, and that was really hard because there are so many things that are interesting about what keeps people together and happy and what leads to divorce.”

This fall, Dr. Orbuch will submit a new grant to continue NIH funding for her study -- the 28th year of the project. She plans to research the changes and challenges of relationships in the later years, an area of sociology of which little is known.

“The original goal of the project was to research what keeps people together and happy in terms of marriage. The project is called the Early Years of Marriage Project,” Dr. Orbuch said. “The first grant was only four years, and that is all we planned to do. Now it is the longest-running study of its kind. So every single time we interview the couples in their 16th or 22nd year of marriage, there are new questions to ask.”

“Secrets From The Love Doctor” is scheduled to air nationally in November. Check back to for more information as it becomes available.

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