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

Lab Members 2013-2014



Fall 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

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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 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, M.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.


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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.

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Emily Lukasik

Emily is a senior 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 Zolkowski

Maeve is a second-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.  

Kathryn Deeds

Kathryn is a senior pursuing her B.S. degree in Neuroscience. She is interested in the psychology, as well as the physiology, behind human relationships and behavior. After graduation, she hopes to spend her gap year as an Americorps member and start medical school in the fall of 2015.  

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.  

Jenny Richter

Jenny is a first-year student pursuing her B.A. in Psychology. She started doing research for the lab as part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Her research interests include romantic relationships, LGBTQ issues, and personality. After graduation she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology.  

Thea Senger

Thea is a senior pursuing her B.A. degree in Psychology. Her research interests broadly focus on close relationships, LGBQT parenting, attachment styles, coping strategies, and minority stress. After graduation, Thea plans to spend a year continuing to work in research and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology beginning in the fall of 2015.  

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 Boyer
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 Lundtvedt
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.

Lab Alumni

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