The Current Lab

A LINK to the lab manual is here. You can only access it with your e-mail address.


Here are publications by our laboratory members:

  • Obert, G. T.*, & Miller, S. A. (in press). The net worth of networks and extraversion: Examining personality structure through network models. Personality and Individual Differences. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2021.111039 (pdf)

  • Reed, B. W.*, Segal, N. L., & Miller, S. A. (2021). Evolutionary perspective on decreases in grief intensity for deceased twin and non-twin relatives: An update. Personality and Individual Differences, 178, xxx - yyy. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2021.110822 (pdf)

  • Leib, S. I.*, Faith, E. C.*, Vincent, S. R.*, & Miller, S. A. (2021). Police interactions, perceived discrimination, and longitudinal changes in depression in African Americans. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 40(1), 27-45. doi: 10.1521/jscp.2021.40.1.27 (link; pdf)

  • Tran, S. T., Grotkowski, K. G.*, Miller, S. A., Reed, B. W.*, Koven, M. L.*, Buscemi, J., & Greenley, R. N. (2021). Hassles predict physical health complaints in undergraduate students: A dynamic structural equation model analysis of daily diary data. Psychology and Health. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2020.1800010. (pdf)

  • Reed, B. W.*, Miller, S. A., Bobak, T. J., Steven, E., & Jason, L. A. (2020). The experience of smoking in recovery settings: An ecological momentary assessment pilot study. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2020.1710080. (pdf)

  • Grotkowski, K.*, & Miller, S. A. (2019). Optimists or optimistic: Replication of a taxometric study on optimism. Journal of Research in Personality, 82. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2019.103854. (pdf, link, OSF)

  • Miller, S. A., & Grotkowski, K.* (2018). Physiological hyperarousal (2018). In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_453-1. (pdf, link)

  • Fowler, D.*, Weber, E.*, Klappa, S.P.*, & Miller, S.A. (2017). Replicating future orientation: Investigating hope, optimism, and their subscales through replication and expansion. Personality and Individual Differences, 116, 22-28. (pdf)

The 2020-2021 School Year:

Here are submissions by lab members during the 2020-2021 school year to the virtual Association for Psychological Science conference in May:

Here are submissions by lab members during the 2020-2021 school year to the virtual Midwestern Psychological Association Convention in April:

We don't only go to APS and MPA. Here are other conferences from 2020-2021:

Karolina (Karol) Grotkowski, M.S, is a sixth year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at RFUMS. She earned her B.S. in Neuroscience from the University ofIllinois at Chicago. Karol’s research interests include the development of personality and personality disorders, influence of social contexts on personality, and statistical methods. She has been published in The Family Journal on research she has done on the Marriage Protection Theory as it relates to couples in long distance and proximal relationships. She also presented her findings during the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference in 2016. Karol joined the lab in the fall of 2016. A copy of her CV is here. Karol has created a web page dedicated to her dissertation, which is A Polish Translation and Adaptation of the Negative Mood Regulation Expectancies Scale. She has successfully defended her dissertation and is completing her clinical internship at Duke University.

Tucker is no ordinary lab animal (actually, he's never been IN the lab). However, he's helped us out with our models. There's debate as to whether his name comes from his ear often being tucked down or is in honor of Ledyard R Tucker. The Tucker-Lewis Index (aka, the Non-Normed Fit Index) is:

χ2/df(Null Model) - χ2/df(Proposed Model)


χ2/df(Null Model) - 1

Sophie Leib, M.S. is a fifth year student on the neuropsychology track of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D program. She started at RFUMS in August of 2017. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May of 2017. Sophie is interested in the effects of emotion and culture on neuropsychological and functioning. A copy of her CV is here. During the summer of 2021, she successfully defended her dissertation and she will apply for internship in the fall.

Gregory Obert, M.Ed., M.S. is a fifth year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. He started at RFUMS in August of 2017. He has devoted his life to assisting others through therapy, and has enhanced the lives of many clients during his time as a counselor. His combination of cognitive behavioral and client-centered therapeutic approaches has provided his clients with a unique setting to explore ways to improve themselves. Gregory has worked in many different settings, including inpatient units, domestic violence shelters, community mental health centers, and private practices. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois and received his M.Ed. in Community Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago. A copy of his CV is here. During the summer of 2021, Greg successfully proposed his dissertation. He will apply for his clinical internship in the fall.

His site is:

Erin Gandelman, M.S. is a fourth-year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at RFUMS. She concentrated in psychology and poetry at Sarah Lawrence College graduated in May of 2018. She has worked as an undergraduate researcher at the Yale University West Haven VA Hospital for the past two years and has been awarded a research fellowship for the 2018 Summer Research Training Program at the Medical University of South Carolina. Erin has been published in the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, The American Journal on Addictions, and Alcohol and Alcoholism. She is very interested in the intersections of life narratives, memory, and personality as well as the applications of novel quantitative methodology to psychological questions. Erin ultimately plans to conduct research to better understand and evaluate treatment practices for mood and trauma related disorders. A copy of her CV is here.

George Bate, M.S. is a third year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at RFUMS. He earned his B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and his A.A. from Oakton Community College. Before working in the Personality and Emotion Research Lab, he worked as a research assistant in Dr. Maryse RichardsRisk and Resilience Lab and in Dr. Scott Tindale’s Group Decision-Making Lab at Loyola University Chicago. George has been published by Oxford University Press and in Eye on Psi Chi and Inquires Journal. His research interests include risk factors for anxiety and depression in marginalized populations and the conceptualization of anxiety and depressive symptoms using novel statistical methodology. In the future, George aims to conduct clinically relevant research regarding anxiety and depression and apply this research in a clinical setting. A copy of his CV is here.

Aaminah Kha, HBSc. is a second year as a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at RFUMS in Fall 2020. She earned an Honors Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Toronto with a Specialist in Psychology and a minor in Professional Writing and Communication. She worked as a Research Assistant in the Self-Knowledge and Interpersonal Perception Lab and the Regulatory and Affective Dynamics Lab at the University of Toronto. She is interested in the emotional experience of individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds who face mental illness. She is also interested in how to adapt psychotherapies to meet the needs of individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. She is currently working as a Research Assistant at Punjabi Community Health Services on an innovative nationwide study being conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to create a culturally adapted Cognitive Behavior Therapy for South Asians in Canada. Her CV may be found here.

Victoria Sardella, B.S. is a second year student in the Clinical Counseling M.A. program. She earned her B.S. in Psychology in May 2020 from Loyola University Chicago. Before working in the Personality and Emotion Research Lab, she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Collen Conley’s IMPACT Lab (Improving Mental-health and Promoting Adjustment through Critical Transitions) and has worked with Dr. Bradley Riemann and Dr. Nader Amir in the Cognitive Bias Modification Lab through Rogers Behavioral Health. Her research interests include exploring the effects of personality on treatment outcomes in OCD, anxiety, mood, trauma and eating disorders. Victoria plans to pursue a PhD program in the future and wishes to apply her research in clinical settings. Her CV may be found here.

Elliot Borge volunteers in the lab. He is working on covariance pattern mixture models and how they work in openness and cognition data.

This could be you! I will consider taking an individual to pursuit graduate training in clinical psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science to be Research Assistants in the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory staring in the Fall of 2022. Knowledge of contemporary personality and emotion theory and research, statistics, and/or computer programming is helpful. If you're interested, please contact me.