Research Directors


Levi Baker



B.A., Psychology, Marquette University, 2004

M.S., Clinical Psychology, Marquette University, 2007

Ph.D., Social Psychology, Florida State University, 2014

In his limited free time, Levi enjoys following college basketball and football, exploring our country's fine cities, and spending time with his brilliant and beautiful wife. He also enjoys plenty of embarrassing television shows, playing video games, and is a huge music fan (check out some recent shows I've been to!). Finally, despite not having kids, he is slowly turning into a suburban dad by caring entirely too much about his lawn, grilling, and rocking white New Balances.

Michelle Russell


B.A., Psychology, University of Tennessee, 2007
M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of Tennessee, 2010
Ph.D., Social Psychology, Florida State University, 2015

When she’s not focusing on teaching and research, Michelle continues her slow progression toward becoming one of the Golden Girls by attempting to revive the underappreciated art of cross-stitching, making up ridiculous songs with her husband to sing to their cat, and perfecting her cooking skills (although she’s still working on her cheesecake recipe).


Graduate Students

Ashlyn Brady

B.A., Psychology, Christopher Newport University, 2016

M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2019

Ashlyn is a PhD student in the close relationships lab. Her research interests meet at the intersection of romantic relationships and sexuality, and she is especially interested in understanding the darker sexual experiences people encounter in their romantic relationships, such as unwanted sexual behavior and infidelity. In her spare time, Ashlyn enjoys snuggling up with her loving pit bull, cooking (and more importantly, eating), and having game nights with friends.


Raini Sizemore

B.S., Psychology, Tennessee Tech University, 2019

Raini is a first year Ph.D student in the close relationships lab. Her research interests focus on the implications of certain positive processes and behaviors in close relationships. In her spare time, Raini enjoys reading YA fiction, building Old West-style towns in Minecraft, and baking cupcakes for her friends.


Riley Redd

B.A., Psychology, Christopher Newport University, 2020

Riley is a masters student in the close relationships lab. Her research interests lie in the dyadic nature of relationships - especially examining partner perceptions of attractive alternatives. In her spare time, Riley enjoys soaking up the Outer Banks sun, feeding her bunny entirely way too many treats, and winning every game her family plays together.

Lab Photos



Research Assistants:

  • Halie Pearson

  • Asia Spruill

  • Valerie Zelaya Aleman

  • Zachery Barnes

  • Madeline Rodriguez

  • Krystal Lamb

  • Shay'La Moore

  • Breanna Meadows

  • Sophia Cross

  • Heather-Christi Hawkins



Research Assistants:

  • Ti-Ana Pyatt

  • Madelyn Church

  • Emily Foster

  • Christian Cagle

  • Krystal Lamb

  • Logan Stiles

  • Abigail Panz

  • Amanda-Joi Guthrie

  • Alyssa Thetford



From left to right:

  • Melanie Burnett

  • Mariah Orange

  • Michelle Russell

  • Christian Cagle

  • Kristen Lamb

  • Ashlyn Brady

  • Levi Baker



From left to right:

  • Ashlyn Brady

  • Kayla Cheek

  • Haley Penk

  • Christian Cagle

  • Rachel Dimaio

  • Emily Paschal

  • Levi Baker