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

Lab Members 2017-18

Fall 2017 (Pictured from left to right):

(Back row) Kristi Chin, Darwin Guevarra, Esra Ascigil, Lester Sim
(Front row) Nicholas Michalak, Onawa LaBelle, Robin Edelstein, Olivia Wujek, Zachary Reese

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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, M.S.

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Onawa is a fifth-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, M.S.

Darwin is a fifth-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.

Kristi Chin, M.Sc.

Kristi is a second year Ph.D. candidate 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 behaviours influence physiological and psychological processes. She examines romantic and family relationships processes using theory-driven, dyadic, multi-method approaches.

Zachary Reese, B.A.

Zach is a second-year Ph.D. student in social psychology, whose research primarily concerns social comparison and close relationships. Alongside Dr. Stephen Garcia and the Edelstein Lab, Zach studies the diverse origins of comparison concerns, as well as how these concerns impact 21st century romantic relationships (e.g., dual-earner, copreneurial, and homosexual couples).

Esra Ascigil, M.S.

Esra is a first year Ph.D. student in the Personality and Social Contexts Psychology area. She likes to investigate relationship processes and well-being using longitudinal methods. She is interested in studying the mechanisms linking close relationships to well-being, and particularly how hormones might help explain these mechanisms.

Lester Sim, B.A.

Lester is a first 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.

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 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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