The Social self lab



In the Social Self Lab, we conduct research aimed at figuring out how people’s selves are impacted by the social world, as well as how the social world impacts people’s selves. Currently, we are conducting a variety of projects looking at the interplay of identity and relationship processes.

Lab News


Nadya Soto Fernandez successfully proposed her thesis on 11/02/2012. Congratulations!

Laura Winger successfully proposed her Master’s thesis on 11/04/2011. Congratulations!

lab Projects

We have a variety of research endeavors ongoing at any point in time. We are almost always

looking for individuals who are interested in psychological research to help us by participating

in our research. Most of our research takes place in the Social Self Lab in Tolentine Hall at

Villanova University.

Interested in learning more about what we do or coming to the Social Self Lab to participate in

research? Contact us at

From time to time, we conduct also research online and we are always looking for participants!        

Please check out the studies below to participant in one of our ongoing studies!


If you are a Villanova Junior or Senior and are interested in participating in a research study about your identity as a Villanova student, contact Participants will be paid $5.00 for 30 minutes of their time.


If you are over the age of 18 and in a romantic relationships you are eligible to participate in this study. There is no compensation, but you may find it interesting. The catch is that both you AND your romantic partner need to complete the survey. Go here if you’re interested:

Lab Members

Interested in working in the Social Self Lab? Contact Dr. Slotter at

    Faculty and Postdoctoral Assistants


               Dr. Erica B. Slotter

    Graduate Assistants

           2011-2012 Emily Morse & Laura Winger

           2012- 2013 Nadya Soto Fernandez

    Graduate Research Volunteers

          2011-2012 Heather Lasslett, Mark Versella, Nadya Soto-Fernandez, Oana Peterca, &

                               Taka Suzuki, Kelly McCusker, Jason Strickhouser

            2011-2012  Taka Suzuki, Kelly McCusker, Jason Strickhouser, Courtney Walsh, Josh      

                              Oltmanns, Tara Frem, Brenden Tervo-Clemens, & Deborah Ward


    Undergraduate Research Assistants

            2011 -2012 Jamie O’Hara

            2012-2013 Sarah Thomas, Kayla Cooke, Katie Bayeux, Meagan Henrry, & Lydia Emery