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

The Personality and Interpersonal Relationships Laboratory

PEOPLE

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.

Desiree’ Knoch

Desiree’ Knoch

Desiree’ holds a BS in computer information systems, an MS in psychology, and is currently a first-year doctoral student in the psychological sciences program. Her research interest is in investigating links between personality similarity and relationship satisfaction in adult romantic relationships.

Idalia Maciel

Idalia Maciel

Idalia earned a BA in psychology from the University of North Texas in the spring of 2018. She is currently a first-year master’s student in the psychological sciences program. Her research interests include psychosexual health and the impact of intimate relationships upon well-being. She plans to obtain a PhD in health psychology and pursue a career in academia with a focus on sexual health disparities among sexual minorities, and overall sexual health promotion.

Kennedy Millward

Kennedy Millward

Kennedy Millward earned a BA in psychology from the University of North Texas, and is currently a second-year master’s student in the psychological sciences program at UTD. Her research interests involve examining the maladaptive beliefs and behaviors associated with certain pathological personality traits (especially narcissism) and their impact on romantic relationship outcomes. She is also interested in exploring ways to alter these beliefs and behaviors in order to improve romantic relationship functioning. Additionally, she is interested in moral decision making and the impact of morality related variables (e.g. guilt, empathy) on interpersonal relationships.

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.

Courtney Terry

Courtney Terry, MS

Courtney earned a BA in psychology from Pepperdine University in 2012 and a master’s degree in psychology from Abilene Christian University in 2015. She is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in the psychological sciences program with a developmental focus. She is currently examining how researchers assess the co-parenting relationship in couples and how the co-parenting relationship can change over time as children age and parents become more experienced in their parenting roles.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Sarah Ansari

Sarah Ansari

Sarah is currently a sophomore at UT Dallas majoring in biology. She plans on attending medical school in the future. She is interested in the interactions among introverts and extraverts at college campuses.

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 major and is interested in how certain personality traits affect romantic relationships. She is also interested in studying mood disorders and the factors that enhance subjective well-being. Kennedy plans to pursue a PhD in counseling psychology. She is a member of Students Advocating for Mental Health Education and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Aniqa Islam

Aniqa Islam

Aniqa is a healthcare studies major at UT Dallas and her goal is to attend medical school in the future. She is interested in learning more about behavioral psychology and how it relates to a person’s mental health status. Some of her hobbies include painting, cooking, and photography.

Alec Manning

Alec Manning

Alec is pursuing a BS in psychology at UT Dallas with plans to go to medical school and study psychiatry. He is a First Year Leader and Freshman Mentor with a passion for photography. He loves to play with his dog, Tim Tim, and travel.

Alex Pham

Alex Pham

Alex is a biochemistry major with a criminology minor. He is interested in developmental psychology and the effects of early life events on personality and relationships in the future. He plans on attending medical school after graduating UT Dallas.

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.