Principal Investigator

Michael R. Maniaci

Michael R. Maniaci

Assistant Professor
Social-Personality Psychology
Research Area: Close Relationships


Graduate Students

Adriana Colom Cruz

Adriana Colom Cruz

Adriana defended her dissertation and received her Ph.D. in Spring, 2018. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Puerto Rico and her master's degree from the University of Essex, where she studied the effects of birth order on altruism with kin and nonkin. Her dissertation research focuses on the effects of benevolent sexism on social support and other close relationship processes.


Corinne Gilad

Corinne Gilad

Corinne received her M.A. degree and is currently working on her Ph.D. She completed her Bachelor's degree at Florida Gulf Coast University while studying implicit racial biases and the influence of religious priming on attitudes. Her master's thesis research examined the effects of competition on empathy in romantic relationships. Corinne's research interests include religion, implicit social cognition, and social neuroscience.


Justin Haas

Justin Haas

Justin is enrolled in the M.A. in Psychology program and plans to defend his thesis in Summer, 2018. He received a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Florida Atlantic University. Justin's thesis research examines interest in personalized feedback as a predictor of inattentive responding on self-report surveys.


Joshua Sheppard

Joshua Sheppard

Joshua is enrolled in the M.A. in Psychology program and plans to defend his thesis in Summer, 2018. He received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from University of Central Florida. His thesis research focuses on how attachment avoidance influences inattentive responding on self-report measures of relationship characteristics.


Evan Sachs

Evan Sachs

Evan is working on his M.A. degree in Experimental Psychology. He received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. His thesis research examines how individual differences in self-regulatory orientations influence social support.


Former Students

Jeffrey Hanrahan

Jeffrey Hanrahan

Jeffrey completed his Masters degree in 2016. His thesis examined capitalization and responsiveness on social media sites. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Connecticut.