Samantha Joel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. 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.


Affiliated Graduate Students

Sierra Cronan is a PhD student in the Social Psychology department. Broadly, she is interested in how romantic relationships impact health. More specifically, she is interested in the physiological changes that occur as a result of the relationships we choose to maintain.


Elissa Lauber is a PhD student in the Social Psychology Program. She is currently conducted a secondary project in the lab examining the antecedents and consequences of a couple’s decision to pool their finances.



Undergraduate Students

Annelise Parkes Murphy will be graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Spring 2018. She is currently conducting an independent project with Dr. Joel on the subject of consensually nonmonogamous relationships. She is interested in alternative relationship styles and  expectations involved in romantic relationships.