Close Relationships Laboratory
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|
|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.
|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.|
|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 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.
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 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 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.
|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.
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.