Our Lab

Current and Former Students

Current Graduate Students


Jia Chong

Jia is a graduate student in the social-personality area. She is interested in attachment, interpersonal violence, and personality.


Keely Dugan

Keely is a graduate student in the Social/Personality Psychology PhD program at UIUC. Her research interests include attachment, stability and change in working models, and romantic relationship dynamics.


Elizabeth Lozano

Liz is a PhD student studying Social/Personality Psychology. Her work focuses on attachment in donor conceived people (i.e., adults born through assisted reproductive technology). Another line of research involves relationship maintenance in couples who have utilized donor conception, with special interest devoted to the role of donor curiosity.


Jaclyn Theisen

Jaci is a PhD student in Human Development and Family Studies who started at UIUC in 2015. She studies romantic relationships from the unhealthy to the healthy range by examining both how violence impacts relationships as well as how individuals maintain healthy romantic relationships. Her focus is on how attachment and communicative patterns influence romantic relationships. Website



Faaiza Khan

Faaiza graduated in 2019. She is interested in stress, emotion regulation, and interpersonal relationships. She currently works at Facebook.


Nathan Hudson

Nate graduated from our lab in 2015 and is currently an assistant professor at SMU. Nate is studies personality change, motivation, and attachment. Website


Noam Segal

Noam graduated from our lab in 2016. He is currently employed at Intercom.


Marie Heffernan

Marie graduated from our lab in 2015. She is currently an IRB Compliance Analyst at Northwestern University.


Amanda Vicary

Mandy graduated from UIUC in 2011. She is currently an associate professor at Illinois Wesleyan University. Website


Claudia Brumbaugh

Claudia graduated from UIUC in 2007. She is currently an associate professor at Queens College, City University of New York. Website


Michael Marks

Mike graduated from UIUC in 2007. He is currently an associate professor at New Mexico State University. Website