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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 BA in psychology from UT Dallas in the Spring of 2012. He is currently a first year student in the MS Psychological Sciences program. He is interested in researching how people's behaviors and perceptions in romantic relationships are influenced by early-life relationships. After receiving his Master's, Kevin hopes to be admitted into a PhD program in either experimental or social psychology.

   
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 first year doctoral student in the Psychological Sciences program. His research interests are centered on the personality traits, personal motives and social influences associated with the initiation and development of romantic relationships.

   
Samantha Schaffer, BA

Samantha Schaffer, BA

 

Samantha graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Psychology and Government in the Spring of 2013. She is currently a first year student in the MS Psychological Sciences program. Her interests include how early development influences personality later in life and the diagnosis of personality disorders in adolescents. After her Master's, Samantha would like to pursue a PhD in either clinical or developmental psychology.

   
Amanda Bierschenk
Undergraduate Research Assistants

Amanda Bierschenk

 

Amanda is a senior at UT Dallas, double majoring in speech-language pathology & audiology and child learning & development. Although she is not majoring in psychology, Amanda finds the fields of social and personality psychology fascinating and is particularly interested in how social interactions are affected by disordered or abnormal communication. She plans to attend graduate school and earn an MS in Communication Disorders and become a practicing pediatric speech-language pathologist.

   
Julia Evans

Julia Evans

 

Julia is a second-semester junior, double majoring in psychology and child learning and development. She is interested in the interpersonal relationships of individuals with ADHD, and more generally, the dynamics of romantic relationships. Julia plans on pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology and possibly working for a non-profit organization.

   
Sarah Hubbard

Sarah Hubbard

 

Sarah is a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in child learning development. She is interested in research on personality, social and developmental psychology. She would like to pursue an MS or PhD in child psychology after she graduates.

   
Sereena John

Sereena John

 

Sereena is a sophomore at UT Dallas, double majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology as well as Child Learning and Development. Sereena finds social and personality psychology fascinating and is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the research being done at the PAIR Lab. She plans to attend graduate school and earn an MS in Communication Disorders and become a practitioner of pediatric speech therapy with a specialty in autism. Sereena is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Theta, the Traditions Chair of SUAAB and loves to talk.

   
Dana LaMure

Dana LaMure

 

Dana is a senior at UT Dallas. His research interests revolve around personality disorders, and the flexibility of morality and personality. After graduating, Dana hopes to pursue a Master's degree and eventually work in a clinical setting. His hobbies include long walks on the beach and competitive underwater basket weaving.

   
Joseph Wang

Joseph Wang

 

Joseph graduated from UT Dallas with a BS in Child Learning and Development and a BA in Psychology in the Summer of 2013. He is currently applying to doctoral programs in School Psychology for the Fall of 2014, with an interest in studying academic achievement among ethnic minorities. Joseph hopes to eventually assist professionals and students in education or possibly teach at the university level.

   
Andy Wright

Andy Wright

 

Andy is a sophomore at UT Dallas and a psychology major. His interests within the field of psychology are both vast and numerous, but he's most intrigued by social perception, self-recognition and narcissism. He enjoys research and aspires to both gain an advanced degree in psychology and to find some form of employment using those skills, be it academic or something decidedly more capitalistic. Also, he's an Aries and his spirit animal is a fox.

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