Media Tip Sheet: Valentine’s Day

Note to Reporters: The following experts are available to talk about topics related to Valentine’s Day. Information in the tip sheet is not intended for publication and is for reporter use only.

Coping with the Holidays

Mark Benn, psychologist and adjunct professor at Colorado State, can offer some insights into how to bring magic back into the holiday. Acknowledging that many of us feel depression during this season, Benn can offer some humorous anecdotes and a perspective that may help us cope just a little bit better. To speak with Benn, contact Emily Wilmsen at (970) 491-2336 or


Jennifer Harman, an assistant professor of social psychology, can talk about social psychology research and how our social environments and the holiday can impact relationship functioning, including friendships, long-distance relationship maintenance and dating. She is a co-author of “The Science of Relationships,” a book that uses scientific research to address everyday questions about relationships. To speak with Harman, contact Emily Wilmsen at or (970) 491-2336.


Dr. Jane Shaw, director of the Argus Institute at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, can talk about celebrating our animal friends over Valentine’s Day and the human-animal bond that brings joy to people and animals alike. To speak with Shaw, contact Emily Wilmsen at or (970) 491-2336.