I'm interested in people that choose to be childfree; how they come to that decision, the impacts of that decision, and how they navigate their social relationships. I'm also interested in exploring the topic of mortality salience, specifically the emotions that arise in response to thoughts of one’s own death, and how religion impacts how people view death and their feelings about their own death.
Karl Conroy is a graduate student in the Social-Personality PhD program at the Univeristy of Illinois. His research interests include attachment, personality change, and social cognition.
Kristina is a master’s student in social/personality psychology. She is currently studying parasocial relationships and mortality salience. She is also interested in close relationships, human-nonhuman animal interaction, morality, and self-other knowledge asymmetry.
Maggie is a graduate student in the MSPS program at UIUC. Her current research projects include a series of studies on bias in self-reports of attachment to former romantic partners, and a confirmatory study of the relationship between attachment security, fear of personal death, and death anxiety.
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.
Liz's 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. She is an assistant professor of psychology and sociology at the California Northstate University.
Jaci 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
Jia graduated in 2022. She is interested in attachment, interpersonal violence, and personality.
Faaiza graduated in 2019. She is interested in stress, emotion regulation, and interpersonal relationships. She currently works at Meta/Facebook.
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 graduated from our lab in 2016. He is currently employed at Intercom.
Marie graduated from our lab in 2015. She is currently an IRB Compliance Analyst at Northwestern University.
Mandy graduated from UIUC in 2011. She is currently an associate professor at Illinois Wesleyan University. Website
Claudia graduated from UIUC in 2007. She is currently an associate professor at Queens College, City University of New York. Website
Mike graduated from UIUC in 2007. He is currently an associate professor at New Mexico State University. Website