Current Lab Members:

Chong Man Chow, Ph.D., Director

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Dr. Chong Man Chow  is currently an assistant 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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Cin Cin Tan, Ph.D., Collaborator

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Dr. Cin Cin Tan is currently a research investigator at the University of Michigan’s Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD). 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.

Ellen Hart, Graduate Researcher 


Ellen Hart is a second year 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.

Aiden Schmitt, Graduate Researcher

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Aidan is a first year 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.

Sarah Dean, Graduate Researcher 


Sarah has a B.A. in Business Administration from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN, and has worked as an environmental auditor for the past 8 years.  Last year, she attended Naropa University, studying Dance Movement Therapy in their master’s program in Somatic Counseling and Psychology. Currently, she is a Master’s student in experimental psychology to continue researching attachment theory and dyadic regulation. She’s very pleased to be able to contribute to the YAR lab.

Caitlyn Thelen, Graduate Researcher 


Caitlyn is starting her first year in the General Clinical Masters Program. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in Spanish from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include disordered eating, body image, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal relationships. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports, and doing anything in or around the water.

Sean Beckom II, Undergraduate Researcher


Sean is a junior double majoring in Psychology and Communications. Sean is a member of the Varsity Track and Field as well as a secretary for the Africology and African American Stuies office. His interests include anxiety, interpersonal relationships, adolescent relationships, and romantic relationships. In his free time he enjoys biking, trying different cultural foods, and spending time with his family and friends. In the near future, Sean plans on going to Grad School for a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Karess Taylor, Undergraduate Researcher






Karess is a senior this year majoring in psychology and minoring in social work. She is a member of the honors society and a McNair scholar program. She joined  this lab her sophmore year to learn more about eating disorders and parent-child relationships. In the future, she plans on getting her Master’s degree and a PhD in Clinical Psychology.



Accomplishment upon graduation
Ryan Glaman Doctoral student at University of North Texas
Logan Rome Doctoral student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Emma Mathison Master’s student at St Cloud University
Matthew Manley Master’s student at Northern Iowa University
Katarena Hubbartt Master’s student at Kent State University
Amanda Kapla Master’s student at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Lang Lee Lee Master’s student at California State University-Fullerton
Katelynn Gohr Master’s students at Northern Illinois University
Kalli Gloudemans Law school at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Silvana Alfaro Doctoral student 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 Clinical Mental Health and Counseling 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