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 friendships and dating relationships and how these close relationships 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.

Aidan Schmitt, Graduate Researcher

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Aidan is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Eastern Michigan University. Prior to starting at EMU, she worked in clinical research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Aidan’s research interests focus on socioemotional development during adolescence, and particularly how adolescents’ relationships with their parents and peers affect them. Aidan is also passionate about eating good food, writing poetry, and rowing.

Valerie Valledor, Graduate Researcher

Valerie is a first 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.

Clara Nelson: 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 undergrad, he is planning to pursue an M.D. degree, and then a psychiatry residency. When not hard at work, Ahmad enjoys soldering, skateboarding, and cooking new foods.

David Farris: Undergraduate Researcher

David is an undergraduate student in the psychology program at Eastern Michigan University. His plan is to attend grad school in order to get a PhD in Clinical Psychology. When he is not busy, he enjoys reading, language learning, and weight lifting.

Cin Cin Tan, Ph.D., Collaborator

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Dr. Cin Cin Tan is currently an assistant professor of psychology at the University of  Toledo. She received her doctorate in psychological sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas. She currently conducts research in the area of childhood obesity, specifically examining the role of self-regulation in eating and parental feeding behaviors.  She serves as a collaborator on the mother-daughter project and other projects involving body conversation.

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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