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

Lab Members 2014



Fall 2014

Pictured from left to right: Britney Wardecker, Michael Shain, Amy Moors, Bill Chopik, Robin Edelstein,
Onawa LaBelle, Jenny Olson, Emily Sculthorpe, Tara Seiden (not pictured: Darwin Guevarra

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Lab Director


Robin Edelstein, Ph.D.


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 an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Personality and Social Contexts area at Michigan.

Graduate Students


William Chopik, M.A.


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Bill is a sixth-year graduate student in the Personality and Social Contexts area. He received his B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. Bill 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, M.S.


Amy is a sixth-year graduate student in the Personality and Social Contexts joint with Women's Studies program. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Women's Studies with an honors concentration in Social Sciences from the William Paterson University in 2007. She also completed a masters of science in Experimental Psychology at Villanova 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. Also, Amy really enjoys teaching.

Britney Wardecker, M.A.


Britney is a fourth-year graduate student in the Personality and Social Contexts area. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. Britney's research interests broadly focus on close relationships, attachment styles, hormones, coping strategies, and stress and trauma. More specifically, she is interested in examining the effects of stressful, real-world contexts (e.g., bereavement, pregnancy, chronic illness) and how such contexts influence individuals and their intimate and close relationships. In the future, Britney plans to pursue an academic research and teaching position.

Onawa LaBelle, B.A.


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Onawa is a second-year graduate student in the Personality and Social Contexts area. Her research interests broadly encompass close relationships, with a special focus on attachment processes, emotion, and well-being. She is particularly interested in understanding the link between positive or negative psychological states (e.g., gratitude, stress) and physical health outcomes among couples.

Jenny Olson, M.A.


Jenny is a doctoral candidate in Marketing with a concentration in Consumer Behavior at the Ross School of Business. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Human Development from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay in 2007, and her M.A. in Social Psychology from Ball State University in 2009. Jenny's research interests include close relationships, spending/saving, social influence, and consumption morality.

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Emily Sculthorpe

Emily is a second-year Honors student pursuing her B.A. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN). Her research interests lie in human sexuality, relationships, and attachment styles. After graduation, she hopes to attend UCLA to pursue her Ph.D. in neuropsychology.  

Lab Friends and Visitors


Michael Shain, B.A.

Michael received his B.A. in Psychology 2013. He is from Toledo, OH and has strong interests in social and personality psychology with particular intrigue in topics including marketing, narcissism, and motivation. He is currently working with Dr. Steven Garcia and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in psychology.

Emily Shipman, M.S.W.


Emily recently received her M.S.W from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan in December 2008 and spent two years as Dr. Edelstein's lab manager. Emily's research interests include eating disorders, interpersonal relationships and family dynamics.

Natalie Lin, B.A.

Natalie is a second-year graduate student in Public Health. She received her B.A. in Psychology and B.M.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan in May 2011. Natalie's research interests include many topics in Clinical Psychology, including rumination, optimism/pessimism, loneliness, and perfectionism. Additionally, she is also interested in mindfulness, compassion, mood disorders, emotion regulation, and functional imaginng. Natalie spent a year as the joint lab manager for the Personality, Cognition, and Emotion Lab and the Emotion and Self-Control Lab (supervised by Dr. Ethan Kross).

Meg Boyer
Meg received her degree in psychology and economics from Haverford College 2014. She is from Ann Arbor, and spent two summers working in the lab. She is now working as Dr. Ethan Kross' lab manager. Meg is interested in social and clinical psychology and after graduation plans to pursue higher education in one of these fields.

Carina Lundtvedt
Carina received her degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She participated in the McNair Scholars Program and the Summer Research Opportunity Program at the University of Michigan. She also volunteers avidly. Drawing upon a variety of life experiences, her research interests lay in the field of depression and parent-infant relationships, as well as exploring attachment-related differences in psychological and physiological responses to close relationship experiences. She is dedicated to becoming a Licensed Social Worker working towards improving child and family relations.

Lab Alumni

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