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

Lab Members 2017-18



Fall 2018 (Pictured from left to right):

(Back row) Darwin Guevarra, Lester Sim, Esra Ascigil, Rachael Rich, Alison McLean, Maddelynn Horn
(Front row) Alexa Rosenstein, Joseph Pongrac, Robin Edelstein, Kristi Chin, 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


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 third year doctoral student 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 third year doctoral student in social psychology. His primary research interests include social comparison, competition, and romantic relationships. Alongside Dr. Stephen Garcia, Zach studies antecedents of "competitive behavior," and in particular how individual differences impact processing of situational factors during a given competition. Zach is also an active member of the Edelstein Lab, where researchers implement a diverse array of methodological approaches (e.g., hormone assessment, natural language processing) to better understand ubiquitous features of romantic relationships.

Esra Ascigil, M.Sc.


Esra is a second 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 second 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.



Undergraduate Students


Matthew Greydanus


Matthew is an Undergraduate Senior at the University of Michigan with a major in Political Science and a minor in Biology. Matthew is applying to medical school and is interested in the interconnection between psychology and biology. Specifically, Matthew hopes to use psychological findings to identify, explain, and solve health trends in underserved populations.

Alison McLean


Ali is in her third year of undergrad at U of M and is majoring in Psychology with a minor in English. She is currently interested in relationships and social empowerment specifically in the context of nonprofit organizations.

Maddelynn Horn


Maddelynn Horn is an undergraduate sophomore at the University of Michigan. Maddelynn is pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in English.

Madison Haas


Madison is an undergraduate junior at the University of Michigan. She is a Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) major with a minor in Chemistry, and plans on attending medical school after receiving her bachelor's degree.

Rachael Rich


Rachael is an undergraduate sophomore majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. She is interested in emotion regulation, close relationships, and behavioral responses to traumatic incidents.



Lab Alumni


Onawa LaBelle, Ph.D.


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Onawa LaBelle is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Windsor. Drawing heavily upon Positive Psychology, Onawa aims to better understand the link between social processes, health, and well-being among people in recovery from Substance Use Disorder. She investigates this link by examining associations between individual differences in adult attachment styles, gratitude, and positive outcomes (e.g., post-traumatic growth, social support, health) in this population.

William Chopik, Ph.D.


Personal Website

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.


Personal Website

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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