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Robert A. Ackerman, PhD
PAIR Lab Director

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.

   
Kevin Carson, BA
Graduate Research Assistants

Kevin Carson, BA

 

Kevin earned a Masters in Psychological Sciences from UT Dallas in the Spring of 2014. He is currently a first 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, BS

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 second 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.

   
Samantha Schaffer, BA

Samantha Schaffer, BA

 

Samantha Schaffer is a second year master's student in the Psychological Sciences program. Her research interests include better understanding how stressors impact adolescents and young adults, and taking this information to restructure public policy. She hopes to obtain a PhD in either Community Psychology or Public Policy. When she's not busy studying or spending time with friends, Samantha enjoys volunteering at local animal shelters.

   
Samantha Lim
Undergraduate Research Assistants

Samantha Lim

 

Samantha is double majoring in psychology and child development while pursuing a minor in music. After graduating in Spring 2015, she plans to either pursue a degree in biblical counseling, counseling psychology, or clinical psychology. As a novelist, personality is of high interest to her, and she is extremely curious about how personality influences people's actions. On campus, she also leads Bible study and participates in rock climbing competitions. Her debut novel, Facades, will be published under her pen name in Fall 2015.

   
Helena Zhang

Helena Zhang

 

Helena Zhang is a junior majoring in neuroscience and minoring in psychology. She is particularly interested in the development of personality traits in individuals as they mature from infancy to adulthood as well as studying how those traits can influence a person's social behaviors and, by extension, affect the way he or she interacts with others. After graduating, she plans on attending medical school.

   
Hannah Zoorob

Hannah Zoorob

 

Hannah Zoorob is a senior majoring in biology with a minor in psychology. After graduating from UT Dallas, she plans on attending medical school. She hopes to specialize in cosmetic dermatology.

   
Jeanie Chang

Jeanie Chang

 

Jeanie is a freshman 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 in relationship making. Jeanie plans on pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology and specialize in crisis induced trauma. She is currently volunteering at the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center as an advocate and enjoys playing 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.

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