meanings, measures, and methods

Psychological research on gender, research methods, sex & sexuality

Lab Members

Current Lab Members (2015-16):

Sarah Bell is a doctoral student in the dual Ph.D. program in Psychology (Personality and Social Contexts) and Women’s Studies. Her research focuses on sexual pleasure, sexual desire, and sexual satisfaction. Broadly speaking, Sarah’s research focuses on the way that social and political inequality influence different dimensions of sexuality. sarahnb@umich.edu

Harley Dutcher is a Ph.D. student in Psychology & Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, where she received her BS in Biomolecular Science and Gender & Health in 2014. Her research interests include how young people imagine their health and well-being in contexts of peer groups, relationships, and social messages. dutcherh@umich.edu

Kathryn Holland is a Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology & Women’s Studies. She has an M.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her research examines women’s health and wellbeing when experiencing different kinds of gendered adversity, including sexual violence and workplace sexual harassment. She also studies women’s sexuality. kahollan@umich.edu

Jennifer Rubin is a dual Ph.D. student in Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She received a Master of Arts in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University in 2011. Her research focuses on queer youth's online identity management practices, sexual desire and entitlement to pleasure, and gender differences in sexual behavior and attitudes.  jdrrubin@umich.edu

Alumni Lab Members:

Tori Adams is pursuing a PhD in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Arizona. She is interested in stigma and violence, and the ways in which societal norms impact these phenomena. victoriaa@email.arizona.edu

Amanda Balakirsky is an undergraduate student in the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, & the Arts, studying Psychology and Judaic Studies (B.A. exp. 2015). She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Health Psychology after graduating. She is interested in research related to women’s health and its effect upon psychological wellbeing.  abalakir@umich.edu

Bernadette (“B”) Blanchfield is pursuing a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Virginia, where she is studying sexual orientation and family life. This includes investigation of psychosocial influences on LGBT individuals' decisions in forming families, as well as the access to and quality of reproductive and sexual health services for LGBT adults and adolescents. She expects to receive her Ph.D. in 2016. blanchfield@virginia.edu; more information: people.virginia.edu/~cjp/students.htm

Gabby Butterfield graduated in 2011 with duel degrees in Sociology and Women's Studies.  Following graduation she took some time off before serving a ten-month term with AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps, where she helped with the response and recovery efforts in New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy. After graduating from FEMA Corps in 2013, she moved to Denver, CO where she currently works for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and is enjoying the sunshine and mountains. She plans to return to school to pursue a degree in public health. glsbutterfield@gmail.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/pub/gabrielle-butterfield/30/9b1/584/

Dr. Logan S. Casey is a Research Analyst at the Harvard Opinion Research Program at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health lscasey@umich.edu

Haben Debessai is an undergraduate student in University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science and the Arts (B.S. exp. 2014). She is pursuing a Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience degree as well as a minor in Gender and Health. Her research interests include feminist science and women's health. She hopes to attend medical school and pursue a dual degree in public health in the future. habenhaslett@gmail.com

Erin Dubnow graduated from the University of Michigan in April of 2012 with a B.S. in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science. She has spent the past two years working with the blind and visually impaired at a residential home in Chicago. She is very excited to continue her education this coming fall at Temple School of Medicine in Philadelphia. edubnow@gmail.com 

Angela Khoshnoud is a graduate student in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago expecting to receive her A.M. degree in June 2014. She received a B.A. in Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan in 2010. Her clinical and research interests broadly include sexuality, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and trauma. She will be joining Community Counseling Centers of Chicago as a Staff Therapist on the ACT Team in June 2014. angela.khoshnoud@gmail.com  

Luke Hassevort graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a BA in Psychology, and is now enrolled in Wayne State University's Master of Social Work program pursuing a degree in Community Development and researching older adult relocation. He is also on staff with the anti-human trafficking organization Michigan Abolitionist Project. During his time working with Professor McClelland, he's learned to better accept and embrace the complexities of the human experience, which has allowed him to engage with people in a more authentic and genuine way. hassluke@gmail.com. Website: map-mi.org

Dr. Michelle Marie Johns is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention johnsmm@umich.edu  

Melissa Manley graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Clark University. Her research interests include LGBTQ identities, sexual identity development, and how individuals and communities interact with experiences of inequality. manleymh@umich.edu

Maya Massing-Schaffer graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology.  She is a research assistant at Brown University under the direction of Dr. Anthony Spirito and Dr. Jennifer Wolff.  She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a focus on child and adolescent psychopathology. maya.massingschaffer@gmail.com  

Susie Robinson graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology. She was accepted into an AmeriCorps program called AVODAH and will be moving to New York City as a Next Step Counselor for the nonprofit organization, Project Renewal. She plans to receive her Masters in Social Work in the coming years. sbessr@umich.edu

Kyoko Sasahara graduated from the University of Michigan in April 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is a Registered Nurse in the ICU at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. ksasahara@mdanderson.org

Ellen Stewart graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She recently moved back to Ann Arbor to begin working on a cardiology unit at the University of Michigan Hospital and pursue a Masters in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at the UofM School of Nursing this fall. She is interested in continuing to stay active in research throughout my nursing career. 8stewarte@gmail.com

Alex Vanderkolk graduated from the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business in December 2013, and is currently the President of MNTN Labs, a healthcare software firm in Ann Arbor. In addition to his work as a data analyst in the ProgressLab, he has also previously worked with researchers to study everything from breast cancer treatment to corporate fraud. In his free time, Alex can usually be found enjoying nature through skiing, camping, and traveling. alex@mntnlabs.co

Kristen C. Williams holds a BA in psychology and creative writing from the University of Michigan. She recently began working toward her clinical psychology PhD at the Ohio State University. Her research interests include the sexuality and quality of life of women with breast and gynecological cancers and men with prostate cancer. Her clinical interests include sex and relationship therapy for individuals and couples dealing with chronic illness, disability, and other physical transitions, which may impact intimacy. kris.c.willi@gmail.com