Edelstein, Robin S.
Early Life and Educational Background
Robin Edelstein was born on January 13, 1975, in Los Angeles, California.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997, and her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from the University of California, Davis, in 2005. Her Ph.D. was completed under the supervision of Phillip Shaver and Gail Goodman, and her dissertation focused on the implications of individual differences in adult attachment for attention to and memory for emotional experiences and information. In particular, she was interested in why individuals with an avoidant attachment style (i.e., those who are uncomfortable with closeness) have difficulty remembering potentially threatening information and the mechanisms that might contribute to these difficulties. After completing her Ph.D., Edelstein spent 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, where she worked with Linda Levine, Jodi Quas, and Ilona Yim. Her postdoctoral work extended her research on individual difference in emotional memory by investigating the physiological implications and correlates of these differences.
After completing her postdoctoral work, Edelstein moved to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2007, where she began as an Assistant Professor of Psychology, in the Personality and Social Contexts area. She was promoted to Associate Professor of Psychology with tenure in 2013 and appointed as head of the Personality and Social Contexts area in 2018. She serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and Emotion, and has been serving as an Associate Editor at Journal of Personality since 2015.
Edelstein has authored or coauthored over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including in journals such as the Journal of Personality, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Social Psychological and Personality Science Hormones and Behavior, Emotion, and Psychological Science. She has also supervised numerous undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom have been very successful in obtaining prestigious fellowships, such as from the National Science Foundation, the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Fulbright program, as well as positions in highly ranked academic programs, such as Michigan State University and the Pennsylvania State University.
Edelstein’s work is motivated by a desire to understand how important emotional and interpersonal processes, which are typically assumed to apply to all people, may instead differ across people in meaningful ways. She is particularly interested in individual differences in people’s approaches to and experiences in close relationships; how these differences develop and change over time and across the lifespan; and the implications of these differences for interpersonal, dyadic, and physiological outcomes. She approaches these issues from an integrative, multidisciplinary perspective, incorporating measures of basic cognitive processes (e.g., attention and memory), biological markers (e.g., hormones), and dyadic and longitudinal data analytic techniques to address meaningful questions about human behavior. Edelstein’s current projects focus on links between hormones and romantic relationship processes; the interpersonal, physiological, and health implications of personality traits such as attachment avoidance and narcissism; and lifespan changes in these traits.
- Chopik, W. J., Edelstein, R. S., & Grimm, K. J. (in press). Longitudinal changes in attachment orientation over a 59-year period. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.Google Scholar
- Edelstein, R. S., & Chin, K. (in press). Hormones and close relationship processes: Neuroendocrine bases of partnering and parenting. In O. C. Schultheiss & P. H. Mehta (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of social neuroendocrinology. Abingdon: Routledge.Google Scholar
- Edelstein, R. S., Ghetti, S., Quas, J. A., Goodman, G. S., Alexander, K. W., Redlich, A. D., & Cordon, I. M. (2005). Individual differences in emotional memory: Adult attachment and long-term memory for child sexual abuse. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1537–1548.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
- Saxbe, D. E., Edelstein, R. S., Lyden, H., Wardecker, B. M., Chopik, W. J., & Moors, A. C. (2017). Fathers’ decline in testosterone and hormonal synchrony with partner testosterone during pregnancy predicts greater postpartum relationship investment. Hormones and Behavior, 90, 39–47.CrossRefGoogle Scholar