Researcher Spotlight

Teresa Hulsey
UNT Contextual Psychology Group
University of North Texas

Teresa is a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program at the University of North Texas. She is a member of the UNT Contextual Psychology Group research lab, working under Dr. Amy Murrell. Regarding research, she is interested in the development and evaluation of effective prevention and intervention programs, developmental psychopathology, parent-child relationships, family contextual variables, trauma and resiliency, and behaviorally based treatment models. She loves hanging out with her family, friends, and enjoys baking.


Dr. Joe Shim
Baylor University

Dr. Joe Shim is an Associate Professor in the department of Health, Human Performance, & Recreation at Baylor University.  He earned his doctoral degree from University of Illinois (U-C) in kinesiology.  His primary research interest is in the area of visual perception and action, and has published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, and Journal of Motor Behavior.  He is also interested in applied sports research, particularly in golf, and has done some work on the effect of golf ball alignment line mark and belly putter in putting.


Sarah E. Hill
Texas Christian University

Sarah E. Hill earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas in 2006 and is currently an associate professor of psychology at TCU. Dr. Hill is has published over 50 scientific articles and book chapters, the majority applying evolutionary ideas to human behavior and psychology. In particular, Hill’s research has focused on understanding interpersonal relationships and health. At a theoretical level, her work integrates three great syntheses of the last few decades: evolutionary biology, social psychology, and behavioral ecology. Her research has received steady funding from the National Science Foundation and has been reported in several prestigious journals, including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Evolution and Human Behavior.

Summer Mengelkoch
Texas Christian University

Summer Mengelkoch is a PhD student in experimental social psychology at Texas Christian University, She currently works in Dr. Sarah E. Hill's lab, and earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 2013. Summer's research interests include using evolutionary principles and life history theory to understand human behavior. She is specifically interested in studying how disease, inflammation, and immune function affect human behavior and romantic relationships. After completing her degree, she hopes to continue to do research and teach at a university. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing board games, traveling, and spending time with her dog-child, Scrunchie.

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