Close Relationships Laboratory 

Research Team



Laboratory Director

Richard Slatcher, Ph.D.
slatcher@wayne.edu




Rich is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology at Wayne State University. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and his Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to Wayne State, he spent two years as an NIMH postdoctoral fellow in Health Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Understanding the impact of close relationships on health and well-being is the central focus of Rich's research and teaching. His research has two main facets: basic research on close relationship processes--particularly intimacy processes such as self-disclosure and partner responsiveness--and investigations of the links between close relationships, biological processes and physical health. He uses a variety of research methodologies (structured laboratory experiments, group interactions, daily diary studies, and behavioral observation), and statistical methods (multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, dyadic data analysis, and meta-analysis) in his work. He teaches Introductory Psychology (PSY1010) at the undergraduate level and the Social Psychology of Close Relationships and Biobases of Health Psychology at the graduate level. He is the recipient of the Caryl Rusbult Close Relationships Early Career Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) and the award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology by an Early Career Professional from the Society for Health Psychology (APA Division 38).

For an overview of current research projects in the lab, please visit the research page.

In addition to his research and teaching, Rich is Chair of the Wayne State Researchers of Biobehavioral Health in Urban Settings Today (RoBUST). Outside of academic life, Rich is a husband and proud dad to two boys aged 12 and 10. He loves to ski, surf (not in Michigan...YET), hike and travel (see his wife's fantastic blog chronicling their travel adventures here). He occasionally tweets.







Research Scientists and Postdoctoral Fellows


Allison Farrell, Ph.D.
akfarrell10@gmail.com



Dr. Allison Farrell received her PhD in Psychology, with an emphasis on social psychology and interpersonal relationships, from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on how close relationships (particularly parent-child and romantic relationships) can both alleviate and exacerbate stress, what individual and relationship factors put individuals at risk for experiencing stress in relationships, and the implications of these processes for physical health. Her work frequently utilizes behavioral observations, biological measures, and longitudinal approaches to test how interpersonal interactions get under the skin to affect health over time. She is a RoBUST postdoctoral research fellow.






Lab Manager


Daniel Saleh
djsaleh@yahoo.com



Dan is the Lab Manager and Project Coordinator for the Asthma in the Lives of Families Today (ALOFT) study and Program Coordinator for the Wayne State Researchers of Biobehavioral Health in Urban Settings Today (RoBUST) group. He received his BA in psychology from Wayne State.





Graduate Students


Sabrina Thelen
thele1sj@cmich.edu



Sabrina received her BS in psychology from Central Michigan University. Her research interests focus on the impact of close relationship processes on individual and family health and well-being. Specifically, she is interested in exploring conflict in close relationships and investigating the links between relationship processes such as perceived partner responsiveness and conflict, the impact of conflict on health and well-being, and ways in which conflict can be effectively resolved in close relationships. She is a first year doctoral student in Social Psychology.






Michael Harvey
mharvey@udel.edu



Michael received his Honors Degree with Distinction in Psychology (BA) from the University of Delaware where he was a research assistant in Dr. Lisa Jaremka's Close Relationships and Health Lab and Dr. Chad Forbes’ Social Neuroscience Lab. He is a first year doctoral student in Social Psychology.






Julia Briskin
julia.briskin@wayne.edu



Julia received her BA in psychology from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Her research interests focus on how relationship processes and self-regulation processes interact to influence physical and psychological health in romantic couples. Specifically, her research investigates interpersonal influences on self-regulation, the effects of social support on goal pursuit in romantic couples, technology interference in relationships, and day to day relationship conflict.  She is also interested in how mindfulness may influence self-regulation, relationship processes, and relationship conflict resolution. She is a third year doctoral student in Social Psychology






Ledina Imami
ledina.imami@wayne.edu



Ledina received her BA in psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her research interests focus on exploring the ways in which distinct social contexts and family relationships may influence health and well-being. As part of the Close Relationships Laboratory, Ledina intends to investigate early parent-child interactions across different socioeconomic contexts and the psychobiological mechanisms through which they may affect emotional and biological responses to stress. Ledina is a fourth year doctoral student in Social Psychology.  






Tara Delecce
tara.delecce@wayne.edu


Tara investigates sex differences from an evolutionary perspective. Specifically, she looks at sex differences in mating strategies as well as mate preferences. She is a fourth year doctoral student in Social Psychology






Lab Alumni

Dr. Sarah Stanton is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.


Dr. Samuele Zilioli is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Psychology and Family Medicine at Wayne State University.


Dr. Erin Tobin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Henry Ford Health System.



Dr. Keith Welker is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston.



Dr. Heidi Kane is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas.



Dr. Peilian Chi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Macau.


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