Graduate Students

Current Graduate Students


Emma Deihl


Emma Deihl is a first-year graduate student at the University of Minnesota Duluth. While earning her Master’s Degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology, she plans to research the mental health of socially marginalized individuals and how stereotypes, discrimination, and stigma affect how they perceive themselves and the world. She looks forward to conducting research in Dr. Thompson’s Sexuality and Relationships Lab to explore and expand her research interests. After completing her Master’s Degree, Emma hopes to earn her Ph.D. in either Clinical or Counseling Psychology to become a licensed psychologist and professor.


Carissa Harvey


I am a second-year master’s student in the department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I am interested in studying dysfunctional sexual behavior, a topic informed by my experience working in the mental health and legal fields. My thesis, which is supervised by Dr. Thompson, is designed in investigate the endorsement of the sexual double standard as it pertains to adults involved in sexting.


Katie Haus

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I am a first-year master’s student in the department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. My primary research interests lie in examining sexual and romantic relationships, judgments and attitudes towards these relationships, sex education, and the role of gender within these topics. I am currently involved in several projects with Dr. Thompson including one assessing endorsement of the sexual double standard related to participation in solitary sexual behavior, one investigating implicit endorsement of the sexual double standard, and another exploring motives for couples involvement in multi-person sexual behavior.


Danica Kulibert


I graduated from the Cognitive and Affective Masters program from UW Oshkosh. I am currently a PhD student at Tulane University. During my time at UW Oshkosh (and currently), I was involved in a number of research programs with Dr. Ashley Thompson and her research team. One such program assessed motives for romantic kissing by examining the different factors that influenced these motives (e.g., personality, sexual attitudes, gender). I was also very involved in projects examining how individual’s judge infidelity, factors that influence these judgments, and how researchers can help reduce discrepancies relating to these judgments (e.g., perspective-taking).


Elle Moore

headshotI hold a Master of Science degree in Psychological Research (2018) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Neuroscience (2016) from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. My research interests fall in two primary areas: relationships and sexuality, and young adult health and well-being. My past research includes romantic kissing, consensual nonmonogamy (CNM), infidelity, college campus counseling, and more. I am currently conducting research on motives for marriage and additional research on CNM. Though I am no longer a student, I enjoy the challenge and process of scholarly research and am pleased to continue to collaborate with Dr. Thompson.


Jonathan Rogers


In 2017, I moved to Duluth, Minnesota from Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend the Master of Arts program in Psychological Science at the University of Minnesota Dultuh. While at Northeastern State University, I received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, but I also minored in sociology. My primary topics include personality and self-concepts, such as the relationship between implicit self-theories and role identities. I’ve also had the opportunity to contribute to studies lead by Dr Thompson on fears of incompetence and implicit attitudes toward consensually non-monogamous relationships.


Previous Graduate Students

Aaron Bagley


I recently graduated from the Masters in Cognitive and Affective Science program at UW Oshkosh. Currently, I am enrolled in a School Psychology graduate program at the University of Denver. I have broad research interests in Social Psychology. Currently, I study the converging implicit and explicit attitudes held by young adults towards members of nontraditional relationship structures. My Masters Thesis was more concerned with Positive Psychology, specifically with predicting the occurrence of Flow.


Melinda Dertinger

MindyI hold a Master of Arts degree in Psychological Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth. My research interests lie in many areas of social and cognitive psychology in general, but particularly gender stereotypes, implicit bias, and discrimination. My current research with Dr. Thompson involves the influence of attractiveness and gender on perceptions of sexual harassment and the moderating role of relationship status on the effects of causal attributions on judgments of infidelity.


Sarah Londo


I graduated from the Cognitive and Affective Masters program from UW Oshkosh. My primary research interests were in the sexual double standard. In particular, my thesis (supervised by Dr. Ashley Thompson) explored different methods of measuring its endorsement across different populations.


Megan Patterson

pattersonI hold a Master of Science degree in Psychological Research (2018) from UW Oshkosh. I am primarily interested in the areas of Social and Developmental Psychology. Specifically, I am interested in looking at how group membership and social norms impact social interactions. I am also interested in, romantic relationships and what leads to more positive relationship outcomes. Currently, I am working with Dr. Thompson to develop a scale assessing Motivations for Marriage as well as collaborating on a project looking at judgments of other’s parenthood decisions.