Self & Relationships Lab

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Dr. Ginette Blackhart, Director

232 Campus Center Building

East Tennessee State University

Phone: 423-439-5623

Current Lab Members:

Graduate Students

Alex Dismuke

Alex Dismuke, M.A.

Alex earned a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) in 2017, where she also minored in Theater. She received an M.A. in Psychological Science at the Univeristy of North Carolina Wilmington in 2020 before joing the Ph.D. program in Experimental Psychology at ETSU.

Undergraduate Students

Jada Beal

Harper Jo Biggs

Leona Range

Myranda Smith

*Honors-in-Discipline (HID) students

Former Graduate Students:      

Castelblanco

Samantha Castelblanco, Ph.D. (2022), Assistant Professor of Psychology at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.

Feeney

Mike Feeney, Ph.D. (2020), Clinical Post-Doctoral Fellow, Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Richmond, VA.

Dreves

Parker Dreves, Ph.D. (2019), Research Analyst for Client Insights at Research Management Group, Kansas City, MO

Hance

Margaret Hance, Ph.D. (2019), Assistant Professor of Psychology at Arkansas State University

LNelson

Lyndsay Nelson, Ph.D. (2014), Research Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Williamson

Jessica Williamson, Ph.D. (2014), Associate Professor of Psychology at California State University Bakersfield

BNelson

Brian Nelson, M.A.  (2010), COO at NewsBreak Media in Knoxville, TN

Katie Bieda, M.A. (2009)

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Lab meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. S&R Lab members 2021-2022, left to right: Abigail Wyatt, Alex Dismuke, Sam Castelblanco, Hannah Lowe. 

ASRF 2019

Linden Hillhouse, Daisy Hernandez, Beth Wilson, and Gabriel Simerly at the 2019 Appalachian Student Research Forum

 SSSP 2019 Reception

S&R Lab members at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists (SSSP) in Johnson City, TN. 

SSSP 2019 Daisy Hernandez SSSP 2019 Beth Wilson SSSP 2019 Linden Hillhouse

Daisy Hernandez, Beth Wilson, and Linden Hillhouse presenting their research at the 2019 annual SSSP meeting.

 

Recent Representative Student Presentations:

Parish, A., Castelblanco, S., & Blackhart, G. (2020). The Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Social Functioning through Emotion Dysregulation and Attachment Anxiety. Poster presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists (virtual).

Hernandez, D., & Blackhart, G. (2020). Semester stress: Time of semester effects on data quality. Poster presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Hillhouse, L., & Blackhart, G. (2020). Data quality: Does time of semester matter? Poster presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Hance, M. A., Wilson, E., Dromgoole, B., & Blackhart, G. (2020). Can one like social media too much? Exploring maladaptive social media use and well-being. Poster presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Nerren, A., Wilson, E., & Blackhart, G (2019). Rejection sensitivity and self-disclosure in online and in-person communications. Poster presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Johnson City, TN.

Wilson, E., & Blackhart, G. (2019). Rejection sensitivity and successful dates: Does online dating play a role? Poster presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Johnson City, TN.

Simerly, G., Dreves, P., Leonard, R., & Blackhart, G. (2019). Effects of self-care on undergraduate stress. Poster presented at the 2019 annual Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN.

Wilson, E. B., & Blackhart, G. C. (2019). Does engagement in online dating lead to greater dating success for rejection sensitive individuals? Poster presented at the 2019 annual Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN.

Hernandez, D., Hance, M., & Blackhart, G. (2018). Let’s get personal: The relationship between rejection sensitivity, true self, and self-disclosure in online environments. Poster presented at the 2018 annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Raleigh, NC.

Wilson, E., Hernandez, D., Hance, M., & Blackhart, G. (2018). Online versus offline communication: The relationship between rejection sensitivity and self-disclosure. Poster presented at the 2018 annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Raleigh, NC.

Glass, A. B., Hance, M. A., & Blackhart, G. (2018). The impact of maladaptive social media use on mental well being. Poster presented at the 2018 annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

 

Want to get involved?

Complete an application to do an independent study in the S&R Lab as an undergraduate research assistant.

Email Dr. Blackhart for more information about the Experimental Psychology PhD program at ETSU. I am considering graduate applications for Fall 2023.