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Primary Investigator



John Updegraff (email) is a Professor of Social and Health Psychology.  He earned his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed an NIMH-funded postdoctoral position at University of California, Irvine. Dr. Updegraff's research appears in top-tier journals and is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health. In his spare time, John subjects others to his singing, guitar-playing, and rapping. To learn about his more respectable accomplishments, refer to his Curriculum Vita

Graduate Students and Postdocs



Tiffany Berzins is a postdoc in the social-health program. She completed her PhD from University of Texas at San Antonio. She is interested in relationship processes (romantic relationships, parenting relationships) and their links to health.

Lab Alumni



Scout Kelly (Ph.D., 2017), is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Emma Marshall (Postdoc, 2015-2016) is Faculty of Health at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.


Brian Don (Ph.D., 2015), Assistant Professor at California Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, California.


Amber Emanuel (Ph.D., 2013) is faculty in the Department of Health Education & Behavior at the University of Florida. 


Kristel Gallagher (Ph.D. 2012) is Assistant Professor of Social and Health Psychology at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania.


Cristina Godinho (visiting scholar, 2013-2014) is a research associate at UCL -University College London.


Chris Steinman (MA, 2016) is Senior Research Analyst at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Christina Hill (Ph.D. 2010) - Psychologist, Eastern State Hospital, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Faith Luyster (Ph.D., 2007)- Research Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh
  • Diana Mendez (M.A., 2016) - Arlington, VA.