OUR TEAM

SAMANTHA JOEL

Principal Investigator

Samantha Joel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario. Her research examines how people make the decisions that grow or break apart their romantic relationships, and how those decision strategies are linked to relationship, well-being, and health outcomes. Click for her CV or her Google Scholar page.

JAMES KIM

Postdoctoral Fellow

James Kim is an incoming SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at Western University. His research focuses on sexual rejection and sexual decision-making in romantic relationships. He is also interested in examining relationship formation dynamics and key factors guiding perceptual accuracy in the early stages of relationships. Click for his CV or his Google Scholar page.

NICOLYN CHARLOT

Graduate Student

Nicolyn Charlot is a Ph.D. candidate who seeks to help people avoid abusive relationships by conducting research that identifies warning signs of intimate partner violence and establishes when they first appear. Additionally, she is curious about how individuals from different backgrounds vary in their perceptions of abuse. She is also interested in translating research findings into policy implications, and directly helping sexual assault survivors using crisis intervention strategies.

VICTORIA DALE

Graduate Student

Victoria Dale is a graduate student at Western University. She is interested in relationship decision making and attraction, as well as rejection and unrequited love. In the future, she hopes to investigate the pathological nature of limerence and its potential to mirror other forms of addiction.

MENGZHI DU

Honours Thesis Student

Bio

SARITA SINHA

Honours Thesis Student

Bio

ABBEY HORNER

Scholar's Elective Student

I am a third year Psychology and Philosophy student at Western University with an interest in generating new knowledge in the field of Psychology through research and policy. I have joined the lab as a Scholar’s Electives interdisciplinary research program student. In this capacity, I am assisting on a project researching abuse, specifically factors affecting perceptions of abuse in romantic relationships.

VICTORIA BUCKNOR

Lab Manager

Victoria Bucknor is a recent graduate from Western University with a B.A. Honors Specialization in Psychology  and a Minor in Anthropology. Her undergraduate thesis project, which garnered her interest in relationship decisions, focused on mobile communication in romantic relationships.

 

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