Lab Members 2013
Pictured from left to right: (Back) Emily Lukasik, Maeve Zolkowski, Britney Wardecker, Beatrice Tepel, Kathryn Deeds
(Front) Amy Moors, Bill Chopik Robin Edelstein, Jenny Olson, Onawa LaBelle, Jennifer Sun
Robin Edelstein, Ph.D.
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.
William Chopik, M.A.
Bill is a fifth-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 fifth-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, B.A.
|Britney is a third-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.
Onawa is a first-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.
Michael Shain, B.A.
Michael is a recent graduate in psychology from the University of Michigan. He is from Toledo, OH and has strong interests in social and personality psychology with particular intrigue in topics including marketing, narcissism, and motivation. Lately, he has become interested in Medicine, and will either pursue medical school or a path within psychology this upcoming fall.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Beatrice is a junior in the college of LSA, majoring in Psychology. She grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and has always dreamed of attending the University of Michigan. Beatrice is interested in social psychology, particularly the aspects regarding relationships and personalities. After graduation she hopes to attend graduate school to fulfill her dreams of becoming a psychologist.
Emily is a junior undergraduate psychology major from Hollywood, MD. Her research interests include personality, marketing, cognition and evolutionary psychology. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school and continue investigating the topics that bring passion to her life.
Maeve is a first year student pursuing her B.A. in LSA. She became involved with the lab through Michigan's Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Although currently undeclared she is leaning towards majoring in Psychology (and is thus thrilled to be involved with the lab this year!) Other areas of interest involve writing and the visual arts.
Chris currently attends the University of Michigan and is pursuing a degree in Psychology. He is interested in cognitive decision-making influencers, especially in marketing and how cultural differences affect behavior and perception. Chris' future plans remain unknown although he is almost certain he would like to pursue higher education.
Mallika is a senior majoring in Psychology and Evolutionary Anthropology in the college of LS&A and hails from Troy, MI. Her interests generally encompass close-personal relationships, creativity, resilience and stress coping, hormones, and positive health. Mallika hopes to continue on to graduate school to pursue an academic research and teaching career.
Lab Friends and Visitors
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 is a senior undergraduate psychology major and economics minor at Haverford College. She is from Ann Arbor, MI and feels very fortunate to be able to work with the lab during the summer. She is interested in social and clinical psychology and after graduation plans to pursue higher education in one of these fields.|
|Carina is pursuing a major in Psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She participates 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.|