Current Lab Members:

Chong Man Chow, Ph.D., Director

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Dr. Chong Man Chow  is currently an associate professor of Developmental/Quantitative Psychology at Eastern Michigan University and the director of the Youth and Adolescent Relationships Laboratory. He received his doctorate in psychological sciences from The University of Texas at Dallas, specializing in adolescent social development. His research interests are focused on interpersonal relationships and how they impact psychological adjustment during adolescence and emerging adulthood.

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Ellen Hart, Graduate Researcher 


Ellen Hart is a graduate student working on her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at EMU. She earned her B.S. in Child Development and Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Ellen’s primary research interests include the parent-child relationship and parent-child communication, especially around difficult topics. In her free time, she enjoys being outside and spending time with friends and family.

Valerie Valledor, Graduate Researcher

Valerie is a second year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Eastern Michigan. Before entering the doctoral program, she earned a B.S in Psychology at the University of Florida and completed two years of research in the S.E.L.F Regulation Lab at Florida International University. Her primary research interest is to discern what factors should be considered by families to promote healthy eating behaviors and positive body image. Valerie loves to spend her free time with her friends and family, especially at the beach. She is also passionate about exercise, using her polaroid camera and traveling.

Warner Myntti, Graduate Researcher


Warner is a first-year Master’s student in the Clinical Psychology program at EMU. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Ferris State University. His primary research interests include social and psychological determinants of risky behaviors (e.g., eating disorder pathology, self-injury) in adolescence and early adulthood. After graduating from EMU, Warner hopes to gain admittance to a PhD program in psychology to continue research and clinical training in these areas.

Sydney Rumley, Graduate Researcher


Sydney is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Behavioral Psychology Masters Program at EMU. She recently earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her primary research interests include disordered eating behaviors, self-esteem/self-perception (particularly in adolescents/young adults), and the influence of interpersonal relationships on those factors. In her free time, she enjoys working out, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Lucas Parnell, Graduate Researcher


Lucas is a first-year master’s student in the Experimental Psychology program at EMU. He earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in statistics from Colorado Mesa University. There he
conducted research in the Erudite cognitive/developmental lab. This past year, he presented at the Western Psychological Association on the role of political ideology, sense of control, and
logic in COVID-19 related conspiracy theories. In his free time, Lucas enjoys playing the ukulele and ultimate frisbee.

Clara Nelsen: Undergraduate Researcher

Clara is an undergrad student in the psychology program at EMU. She plans to attend grad school to continue studying psychology and relationships. She is interested in communication in romantic relationships and parent-child relationships. In her free time, she enjoys painting and ceramics.

Ahmad Zalt: Undergraduate Researcher


Ahmad is an undergraduate student in the Psychology program at the Eastern Michigan University. After graduation, he is planning to pursue an Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a research interest in childhood trauma and the adverse outcomes thereof. In his free time, Ahmad likes to spend time with family and friends.

Jenna Walter: Undergraduate Researcher


Jenna is an undergraduate student in the psychology program at Eastern Michigan University. After graduating, she plans to go to grad school to become a mental health therapist. In her free time, she enjoys writing, going for walks, and hanging out with friends.


Ryan Glaman Doctoral program at University of North Texas
Logan Rome Doctoral program at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Emma Mathison Master’s program at St Cloud University
Matthew Manley Master’s program at Northern Iowa University
Katarena Hubbartt Master’s program at Kent State University
Amanda Kapla Master’s program at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Lang Lee Lee Master’s program at California State University-Fullerton
Katelynn Gohr Master’s program at Northern Illinois University
Kalli Gloudemans Law school at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Silvana Alfaro Doctoral program at Wayne State University
Allison Poyer Master’s program at Wayne State University
Seyma Iman Doctoral program at University of Miami
Alexandra Amersdorfer Doctoral program at Texas Woman’s University
Nicholas DiBenedetto Master’s program at Wayne State University
Khadijah Griffis Master’s program at Eastern Michigan University
Aimee Sohnleitner Therapist
Krystal Moroney Doctoral program at Wichita State University
Alex Hodge Doctoral program at Carnegie Mellon University
Erica Szkody Doctoral program at Mississippi State University
Karissa Heino Master’s program at Wayne State University
Sierra Hill Master’s program at University of Michigan-Dearborn
Chris Mitropoulos-Rundus Master’s program at University of Iowa
Karess Taylor Master’s program at University of Michigan
Caitlyn Thelen Doctoral Program at Radford University