People – Personality, Relationships, and Hormones Lab

Fall 2022 Lab Members

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Lab Director

Robin Edelstein, Ph.D.

redelste@umich.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Robin received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from the University of California, Davis, in 2005. Before coming to Michigan, she spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. Robin is currently a Professor of Psychology in the Personality and Social Contexts area at Michigan.

 


 

Graduate Students

Kristi Chin, M.Sc.

krischin@umich.edu

Kristi is a fifth year doctoral student in the Personality and Social Contexts Psychology area. Her interests include intimacy, health, and hormones. Specifically, she is interested in how individual differences in attachment style and behaviors influence physiological and psychological processes. She examines romantic and family relationships processes using theory-driven, dyadic, multi-method approaches.

 

Zachary Reese, M.Sc.

zreese@umich.edu

Zach is a fifth year doctoral student in social psychology. His research investigates how people manage conflicts between their desire to be “top dog” and their desire to be a supportive friend or romantic partner. Specific research areas include competition, social comparison, and self-disclosure.

 

Esra Ascigil, M.Sc.

aesra@umich.edu

Esra is a fourth year doctoral student in the Personality and Social Contexts Psychology area. She is broadly interested in romantic relationships within stressful contexts. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how people can have better relationship quality, health, and well-being when they experience stress.

 

Lester Sim, M.Sc.

lsim@umich.edu

Lester is a fourth year psychology doctoral student in the Personality and Social Contexts area. He is particularly interested in studying romantic relationships, examining cultural differences and understanding how identity may influence these processes.

 

Staci Gusakova, M.Sc.

gusakova@umich.edu

Staci is a fifth year PhD Candidate in Psychology and Women’s Studies. Her works examines how gender norms influence gender differences in sexual behavior. Specifically, she researches why women who have sex with men orgasm less frequently than men and how sexual communications helps or hinders people’s sexual goals.

 

 

Annika From, B.A.

annikaf@umich.edu 

Annika started her PhD in 2020 in the Personality and Social Contexts Psychology area. She studies the influence of individual differences such as personality and attachment on romantic relationships. Specifically, she is interested in how the ways partners differ from each other hinder or contribute to relationship quality.


 

Undergraduate Students

Madeline Paxson

Maddy is a sophomore undergraduate studying psychology at the University of Michigan. She is currently interested in the role of personality in forming fulfilling romantic relationships and friendships.

 

Jennifer Ho

Jennifer is a senior undergraduate studying Psychology and International Studies at the University of Michigan. She is interested in cross-cultural and design psychology, and plans to pursue a Masters in Human Computer Interaction upon graduation.


Lab Alumni

Darwin Guevarra, Ph.D.

guevarra@umich.edu

Darwin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Michigan State University, and he is broadly interested in emotion, emotion regulation, and self-control. In conjunction with the Kross and Edelstein Lab, he is primarily working applying emotion regulation strategies in the contexts of relationship dissolutions and promoting adaptive and healthy breakup recovery.

 

Onawa LaBelle, Ph.D.

olabelle@umich.edu
Personal Website

Onawa LaBelle is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Windsor. Drawing heavily upon Positive Psychology, Onawa aims to better understand the link between social processes, health, and well-being among people in recovery from Substance Use Disorder. She investigates this link by examining associations between individual differences in adult attachment styles, gratitude, and positive outcomes (e.g., post-traumatic growth, social support, health) in this population.

 

William Chopik, Ph.D.

chopikwi@msu.edu
Personal Website

Bill received his Ph.D. in Psychology in 2015 and is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. He is interested in the continuity and change of relationship processes across the lifespan and how individual differences in responses to intimacy impact health and well-being.

 

Amy Moors, Ph.D.

amymoors@umich.edu

Amy received her Ph.D. in 2015 in Psychology and Women’s Studies. After a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the National Center for Institutional Diversity and the Energy Institute at the University of Michigan, Amy is now the Director of Social Science Research and Evaluation in the College of Engineering at Purdue University. Amy’s research interests broadly relate to stereotyping and prejudice. More specifically, her research focuses on attachment styles in relation to alternative forms of romantic relationships (such as polyamory, open relationships), safer sex strategies among LGB populations, the limits of monogamous relationships, and gender differences in sexual behavior.

 

Jenny Olson, Ph.D.

jennyolson@ku.edu
Personal Website

Jenny received her Ph.D. in Marketing with a concentration in Consumer Behavior at the Ross School of Business in 2015. Her research interests include close relationships, spending/saving, social influence, and consumption morality. She is now an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Kansas.

 

Britney Wardecker, Ph.D.

bmw5006@psu.edu

Britney received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2016 and is now an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the Pennsylvania State University. The goal of her research program is to explore the intersections of aging, health disparities, and stress in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) communities.

 

 
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