The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

The Personality and Interpersonal Relationships Laboratory


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, MS

Kevin earned his Master’s Degree in Psychological Sciences from UT Dallas in the Spring of 2014. He is currently a fourth 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, MS

Conrad completed a BS in both Psychology and Sociology at Michigan State University in the Spring of 2013. He is now a fifth 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, MS

D’ric earned his Master’s degree in Psychological Sciences in May of 2017. His research interests center on the links between personality traits and goal-motivation and behaviors. D’ric is currently planning on pursuing his PhD in Educational Psychology.

Karl Santos

Karl Santos, BA

Karl earned his BA in Criminology at UT Dallas in the Spring of 2017. He is currently in the Master of Science in Criminology Program. He is an active member of the Criminology Graduate Student Association. His research interests involve theories of social disorganization and life course criminology.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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.

Skyler Rounsaville

Skyler Rounsaville

Skyler is currently getting her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Child Learning and Development. She plans to pursue Forensic Psychology in the future with the hope of advocating for mental health treatment of those in the criminal justice system. She loves her cat Misha and playing video games.

Monica Ramirez

Monica Ramirez

Monica is a neuroscience major at UT Dallas. Her current goal is to move onto medical school. She has a YouTube channel that is geared towards guiding pre-med students along the challenging medical pathway.

Jineh Ayati

Jineh Ayati

Jineh is currently getting her BA in Psychology and is graduating in the Fall of 2018. She plans on continuing her education at UTD and pursuing a Master’s Degree in Psychological Sciences. She is interested in studying personality differences and the effects that it has on the development of forming relationships and social interactions. Her hobbies include cooking, doing yoga, and playing with her dog.

Kennedy Balzen

Kennedy Balzen

Kennedy is a Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience. She is interested in how certain personality traits effect romantic relationships. She is also invested in how cognitive-behavioral therapy improves the outcome for individuals with Bipolar Disorder as well as other mood disorders. Her goal is to get a PhD or PsyD in Clinical Psychology, specializing in mood disorders.