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

Our researchis devoted to understanding individual differences in emotional experience, regulation, and reactivity. We are particularly interested in how emotional processes unfold in interpersonal contexts and the implications of these processes for close relationships. For instance, why do some people respond defensively in stressful situations? How do people limit the processing of distressing information? What are the physiological implications of these kinds of defensive processes, and how do they affect relationships?

Current lab projects focus on the physiological and health implications of defensive personality traits such as attachment avoidance and narcissism; lifespan changes in these traits; the role of adult attachment in neuroendocrine and psychological responses to intimacy and stress; and associations between power, testosterone, and sexual behavior.

Lab News


Kristi Chin has received a 3-year Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada!

Onawa LaBelle has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor the Department of Psychology at the University of Windsor beginning Fall 2018!

Britney Wardecker has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor the College of Nursing at the Pennsylvania State University beginning Fall 2018!

Amy Moors has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Chapman University beginning Fall 2018!



Longitudinal associations between prenatal testosterone and postpartum outcomes in a sample of first-time expectant lesbian couples. Hormones and Behavior.

Adult attachment and testosterone reactivity: Fathers’ avoidance predicts changes in testosterone during the strange situation procedure.Hormones and Behavior.

Longitudinal changes in attachment orientation over a 59-year period. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.