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Applied Social Psychology Lab

Overview of Lab Research 

Close Relationships

  •     Definitions and predictors of romantic infidelity
  •    Dissonance and infidelity
  •     Friendships with ex-romantic partners
  •     Relationship maintenance and technology use
  •     Unrequited love and friendship maintenance

Health Attitudes

  •     Health attitudes, persuasion, and behavior
  •     Mediators of the religiosity-health relationship
  •     Geospatial factors and health


Eddie M. Clark, PhD, Director
  • Infidelity
  • Friendship and romantic relationship maintenance
  • Health attitudes and persuasion, culturally appropriate health communication
  • Mediators of the relationship between religiosity and health behaviors
  • Geospatial factors and health behaviors

Graduate Research Associates
Lijing (Lily) Ma
  • Self-disclosure and health
  • Cognitive dissonance and infidelity
  • Relationships and self-change
Dana Stiles

  • Long distance relationship maintenance

  • Technology usage and relationship maintenance

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Emma Flanagan

    Emma is a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Public Health.  
    She is considering graduate school for community psychology.

Left to Right:  Lily Ma, Emma Flanagan, Dana Stiles, Eddie Clark

Left to Right:  Dana Stiles, Dr. Priscilla Fernandez (alum), and Lily Ma (February, 2019)


Modesty Tan at the Psychology Capstone Symposium, April 2018.  Modesty won the Practicum 
category (E. Clark, Faculty Supervisor).  Her poster  described her work with a lawyer who does mediation 
with divorcing couples and how it fits prior  theory and research on  close relationships and conflict resolution.


Other Collaborators

Dr. Priscilla Fernandez - Rescue:  The Behavior Change Agency

Dr. Abigail Harris - Office of Sponsored Research Services, Washington University 

Dr. Michelle Hasan - School of Engineering, University of  Southern California

Dr. Cheryl (Holt) Knott - School of Public Health, University of Maryland

Dr. Crystal L. Park - Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut
Dr. Emily Schulz - Department of Occupational Therapy, Northern Arizona University

Dr. Katheryn Blankmeyer Votaw  - Pierre Laclede Honors College, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Dr. Beverly Rosa Williams - Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center

Ms. Randi M. Williams - School of Public Health, University of Maryland

Community Health Awareness, Messages, and Prevention (CHAMP) Center - University of Maryland School
        of Public Health -- https://sph.umd.edu/department/bch/lab/43501

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took this close-up of the red planet Mars

Lab Contact Information

   Applied Social Psychology Laboratory 
   Department of Psychology
   Morrissey Hall 2305
   Saint Louis University 
   St. Louis, MO 63108
   (314) 977-2107

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