People – WHIRLab


Lab Director

Amie M. Gordon is an assistant professor of social psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on understanding the social cognitive, affective, and biological factors that shape our closest relationships. She is particularly interested in how relationship partners influence each other in the moment and over time. A main goal of her research is to better understand how people can maintain high-quality relationships.

Her research is driven by the belief that our interpersonal relationships underscore every aspect of our lives, influencing the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups, and organizations.

Dr. Gordon received her PhD in Social-Personality Psychology from UC Berkeley and her BA in Psychology with a minor in Political Science from UCLA.

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Lab Manager

Helen Devine started her undergraduate degree in 2020 at the University of Michigan. She is majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and is interested in how stress and sleep quality affect the relationship quality of romantic couples. After obtaining her B.S., she hopes to pursue a graduate degree and continue working in psychology research.

Graduate Students

Emily Diamond started her PhD in 2022 in the Social Psychology area. She studies positive emotional processes in close relationships. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the behavioral, physiological, and linguistic underpinnings of social connection.

Annika From 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. 

UM Collaborators

Robin Edelstein is a Professor of Psychology in the Personality and Social Context Area at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the director of the Personality, Hormones, and Relationships Lab.

Anna Luerssen is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Lehman College, City University of New York, the only four-year college located in the Bronx, NY. Anna’s CV.


Lab Alumni (Lab Managers, Graduate Students, Postdocs)

Esra Ascigil (PhD Student 2022)

Maria Luciani (Lab Manager 2020-2022)

Lara Zammit (Honors Student 2022)

Current Research Assistants

Amala Nayak

Avelyn Menn

Avery Vota

Calle Harwin

Carolyn Ji

Chad Cao

Elizabeth Kolias

Emma Morse

Fred Kassab

Grace Yaldoo

Jasmine Cajigas

Jasmine Galdamez

Jenny Zhao

Olivia Jeong

Sophia Weng

Steven Petrovski

Thadashy Nunez

Zoe Sinkford

Former Research Assistants

Catherine Garton

Abby Bush

Kiara Siebler

Jordy Agins

Rayyan Latif

Whitney Gallagher

Allison Weltman

Erna Chiu

Ruby Zheng

Emma Elmouchi

Sara Franson

Sylvia Chen

Anna Azim

Meghana Lodhavia

Jack Porte

Amber Shi

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