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

Lab Members 2015-16

Winter 2015

Pictured from left to right: Darwin Guevarra, Xin Wen, Emily Sculthorpe, TaPara Simmons,
Tara Seiden, Robin Edelstein, Britney Wardecker, Onawa LaBelle, Allyson Whitsett

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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

Onawa LaBelle, B.A.

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Onawa is a third 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.

Darwin Guevarra, B.A.

Darwin is a third year doctoral student in social psychology, 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.

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.  

TaPara Simmons

TaPara is a junior pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and American Culture, with a minor in Crime and Justice. His research interests broadly include mental illness, close relationships, and behavior. After graduation, he hopes to begin work in federal law enforcement.  

Allyson Whitsett

Allyson is a freshman pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Spanish. She is interested in learning more about the process of research as well as the biological aspects of behavior. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school and ultimately become a neurosurgeon.  

Katie Dalman

Katie is a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN). She is interested in learning about personality psychology and the research process. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school with the ultimate goal of becoming a psychologist.  

Lab Alumni

William Chopik, Ph.D.

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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.

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.

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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..

Britney received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2016 and is now an NRSA postdoctoral fellow at 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.

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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, B.A.
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. In 2015 she will begin graduate school in Counseling Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Carina Lundtvedt, B.A.
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 currently in an M.S.W. program at the University of Minnesota and is dedicated to improving child and family relations as a Licensed Social Worker.