School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

The Personality and Interpersonal Relationships Laboratory

PEOPLE

PAIR Lab Director

Robert A. Ackerman

Robert A. Ackerman, PhD

Dr. Ackerman’s research addresses questions about interpersonal relationships using methods and models from both social and personality psychology. It is characterized by three broad lines of work. First, he is interested in developmental factors that contribute to the functioning of adult romantic relationships. His second line of research focuses on how narcissistic attributes impact the development of relationships and how such attributes affect important relationship outcomes in ongoing relationships. Finally, because his substantive interests involve processes that occur within relationships and therefore often involve non-independent data, Dr. Ackerman is particularly interested in analytic models for both cross-sectional and longitudinal dyadic data. Please see his CV for more information.

Graduate Research Assistants

Kevin Carson

Kevin Carson, BA

Kevin earned his Master’s Degree in Psychological Sciences from UT Dallas in the Spring of 2014. He is currently a second year doctoral student in the Psychological Sciences program. He is interested in researching how individual differences impact close relationships, including how these differences contribute to the formation and maintenance of romantic relationships.

Conrad Corretti

Conrad Corretti, BS

Conrad completed a BS in both Psychology and Sociology at Michigan State University in the Spring of 2013. He is now a third year doctoral student in the psychological sciences program with a focus on social and personality psychology. His research interests are centered on the personality traits, personal motives, and social influences associated with the initiation, development, and maintenance of various types of close relationships.

D'ric Jackson

D’ric Jackson, BS

D’ric earned his BS in Psychology at UT Dallas in the Spring of 2015. He is currently a first year Master’s student in the Psychological Sciences program specializing in Social and Personality Psychology. He is interested in researching how different personality traits influence how people make and maintain friendships and romantic relationships. After obtaining his Master’s degree, D’ric plans on pursuing a PhD.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Jeanie Chang

Jeanie Chang

Jeanie is a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Child Development and Learning. She is interested in researching the dynamics of personality and how it affects relationships but is also fascinated by how trauma can lead to implications for relationships. Jeanie plans on pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology to specialize in crisis induced trauma. She is currently volunteering at the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center as an advocate and enjoys playing the flute in the orchestra in her spare time.

Benjamin Eule

Benjamin Eule

Ben earned a BA in Historical Studies at UT Dallas in the fall of 2013. He is currently completing a BS in psychology at UT Dallas. Ben plans to pursue a PhD or PsyD in clinical psychology upon completion of his BS. He is interested in the interplay between research and novel clinical interventions in the treatment of personality, anxiety and mood disorders.

Celeste Fernandez

Celeste Fernandez

Celeste is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and Child Learning and Development. She is interested in how illness and developmental disorders impact behaviors and emotions in adolescents. She is a member of the orientation team and Delta Zeta sorority on campus and hopes to attend medical school to specialize in pediatric psychology after graduating.

Aimen Hayee

Aimen Hayee

Aimen is a junior at UT Dallas and is currently majoring in biology. His goals for the future include graduating with a solid GPA, obtaining an optimum MCAT score, and gaining admission into the UT Southwestern medical program. Outside of school, his hobbies include playing sports, exercising, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Alex Kim

Alex Kim

Alex recently graduated from UT Dallas with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He is still in the process of finding out what he wants in life. Becoming a researcher and being a part of science are currently on the top of his list.

Cassandra Hartman

Cassandra Hartman

Cassandra is beginning her senior year as a double major in Psychology and Child Development. She currently works at an animal hospital, but is following her passion for psychology. Her research interests include substance use, personality, emotion regulation, and psychopathology. Cassandra is currently working on her Honors thesis, looking at how personality and attachment relate to substance use. Cassandra plans to start graduate school next fall, working towards obtaining a PhD.

Hae Song Lee

Hae Song Lee

Hae Song Lee is a junior at The University of Texas at Dallas, studying Child Learning and Development and Education. Her research interests include how personality affects decision making and relationships. She is also interested in how a person’s upbringing and family dynamics impact personality development. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in either Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders or Education.

Cecily Oleksiak

Cecily Oleksiak

Cecily is a sophomore majoring in neuroscience. She is interested in personality research and cognitive decline during aging. She hopes to obtain her PhD in Cognition & Neuroscience, with the ultimate goal of becoming a researcher and professor at a university. She is a member of NCM and NSA.

Alaisha Sanders

Alaisha Sanders

Alaisha is a sophomore Neuroscience major in Pre-PA. Her current plan is to graduate from UT Dallas and go into physician assistant school to become a PA for Neurosurgery. She is in the Undergraduate Success Scholar program and a leader in The Body Project. She is currently discovering what her research interests are. Her hobbies are sports, band, reading, and hanging out with friends.

Tom Tamir

Tom Tamir

Tom is a sophomore majoring in psychology at UT Dallas. She is currently working on narrowing down her research interests and on figuring out what kind of graduate school program would be right for her. She is especially excited to learn more about the research process through her work in the lab.