Robin Edelstein, Ph.D., University of Michigan Psychology

Our researchis devoted to understanding individual differences in emotional experience, regulation, and reactivity. We are particularly interested in how emotional processes unfold in interpersonal contexts and the implications of these processes for close relationships. For instance, why do some people respond defensively in stressful situations? How do people limit the processing of distressing information? What are the physiological implications of these kinds of defensive processes, and how do they affect relationships?

Current lab projects focus on the physiological and health implications of defensive personality traits such as attachment avoidance and narcissism; lifespan changes in these traits; the role of adult attachment in neuroendocrine and psychological responses to intimacy and stress; and associations between power, testosterone, and sexual behavior.

Lab News


Britney Wardecker has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Pennsylvania State University!

Amy Moors has accepted a position as the Director of Social Science Research and Evaluation in the College of Engineering at Purdue University!



Prospective and dyadic associations between expectant parents’ prenatal hormone changes and postpartum parenting outcomes. Developmental Psychobiology

Fathers’ prenatal testosterone changes and hormonal synchrony with partners predicts greater postpartum relationship investment. Hormones and Behavior

Is narcissism associated with baseline cortisol in men and women? Journal of Research in Personality