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.

Nicholas DiBenedetto, Graduate Researcher 


Nicholas is a graduate student in the General Clinical Psychology Masters program in the Fall. While interested in the evaluation of romantic relationship complexities, Nicholas is interested in the dynamics and interactions between adopted children and biological children towards their corresponding parents. Although psychology is a passion, health and fitness passions have interacted positively throughout Nicholas’s educational career and will continue to play an important part furthermore.

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.

Sierra Hill, Undergraduate Researcher 


Sierra is a junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Social Work. She is a member of the Honors College as well as the secretary of EMU Cru. She joined the lab in order to observe different types of relationships between mothers and daughters, romantic partners and friends in order to gain a better understanding of how these relationships effect body image. In the future, Sierra plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.



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 Eastern Michigan University
Khadijah Griffis Master’s program Clinical Mental Health and Counseling program at Eastern Michigan University
Aimee Sohnleitner Therapist at Harbor Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, New Baltimore, MI
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