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.

Postdoctoral Fellows

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.

Graduate Students

Nicolyn Charlot is a PhD student at Western University who is interested in romantic rejection and intimate partner violence. Specifically, she seeks to determine the warning signs that predict violence within romantic relationships, when those signs first appear, and how people respond to them.

Sierra Cronan is a PhD student at the University of Utah. 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.

Honors Thesis Students

Joyee Barua is an undergraduate student studying psychology and biology at Western University. She is interested in investigating how romantic relationships can affect people’s health and mental well being.

Allison Hoffman is a 4th year undergraduate student pursuing an Honors Specialization in Psychology with a Bachelor of Science. Her thesis project will examine decisions that advance and maintain romantic relationships, with a focus on potential decision making biases.   

Victoria Dale is an undergraduate 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.