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The Lab 

Project Manager/Affiliated Gradute Students  


Chantelle Ivanski

Chantelle is currently a PhD student at York University working primarily with Dr. Raymond Mar. She completed her MA in 2019, looking at how we evaluate novels based on the gender of the author. Her primary research interest is in looking at women’s experiences and feminist psychology, with a specific interest in parents who regret having children, women as creators, and sex positivity. To learn more you can read her personal website here:

Stephanie Raposo

Stephanie is a Ph.D. student at York University, where she works with Dr. Amy Muise. She completed her M.A. in Social & Personality Psychology at York University and B.A. in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Her research draws on implicit theories of sexual satisfaction to investigate novel questions about how couples can sustain their intimate connections, even in the face of declines in sexual desire. She also focuses on theories of romantic attachment, sexual savoring, and sexual need fulfillment. For more information about Stephanie’s research, please see her website: 

Graduate Research Assistants 

Taylor Himes

Taylor is a current graduate student in the MAPR program at Texas State under the supervision of Dr. Rhonda Balzarini. Her research interests include relationship/ sexual satisfaction and sexual minority populations like consensually non-monogamous (CNM) and LGBTQ+ communities. Additional interests include dating behaviors (e.g., mate choice, attraction, and non-verbal signals of sexual interest) and the influence of technology on romantic relationships. After completing her master's, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Social Psychology, where she can continue conducting research in human sexuality.

Honours Thesis Students 


Evan Nares

Evan is currently pursuing a BSc in Psychology from Texas State University with the intent of progressing to graduate school in Psychology. While still exploring research interests, he is working on research on intention, beliefs and attitudes about bodily autonomy, circumcision, and sex positivity in the United States. In his free time, he enjoys Judo & Jiujitsu, tabletop gaming, reading, and is currently writing a science-fiction novel based on human-machine interfaces.

Undergraduate Research Assistants 

McKenna Dion Hildebrandt

McKenna is a senior undergraduate at Texas State University currently pursuing her BAs in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. After graduation, she plans to continue her education at Texas State University in the Master of Arts in Psychological Research program. Her research interests include Forensics and Sexual Homicide, Psychopathology and Sexuality, Human Sexuality and Relationships, and Social and Personality psychology. After completing her masters, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Social Psychology. Beyond academics and research, McKenna enjoys reading, writing, the arts, spending time with her friends, and posting content on her YouTube channel Seeking Psyche. To see more, you can go to her personal website:

Madison Green

Madison is currently pursuing her BA in Psychology at Texas State University. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school. Her research interests include human attraction along with sexual minorities. Outside of research, Madison enjoys reading and practicing Spanish.

Jordan Frank

Jordan is a senior undergraduate at Texas State University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After graduation she plans to continue her education by receiving a masters in Counseling. Her research interests include relationship interactions and developmental psychology. Beyond research and academics, Jordan enjoys reading, yoga, and spending time with friends and family. 

Nathan Smith

Nathan is currently pursuing a BS in Psychology with plans to enter graduate school to become a psychotherapist. He has a passion for both psychodynamic and relational theories and modalities and hopes to help others cultivate more fulfilling relationships with others and themselves. In his spare time Nathan loves to read, write, and tell himself how much he would love to make more content for his little YouTube channel Mind Makes This World. 

Former Research Assistants 

Prabhdeep Mann

Marley Leslie 

Hanieh Naeimi

Chris Kinstley

Chris Pena

Maria Bater-Alessandro

Laura Baron

Deborah Mammah

Karen Rofaeel

Nicole Shantz

Melissa Saccutelli

Savannah Lamons

Kaitlin Brunett

Alessanda Rizzo Esposito

Megan Tracy


Angie Gonzalez

Angie is a Texas State Alumni with a major in Psychology and minor in Human Development and Family Sciences. She will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her research interests are play therapy, trauma in relationships, and generational trauma in family dynamics. In her free time Angie enjoys spending time with her dog Zero, as well as hanging out with her friends and family.

Averi Floyd

Averi is a Texas State University Graduate who got her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Geography. In Fall 2023 she plans on pursuing a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with a focus on behavior. Her research interests include human behavior, human sexuality and relationships, human development, forensic psychology, neuropsychology, and adolescent psychology. Beyond academia-- Averi is an avid reader, enjoys connecting with others, and spending time with her dog. 

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