Dr. Steve Rholes


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After graduating from the University of Texas (B.A., Psychology) and Princeton University (Ph.D., Psychology), Steve Rholes began his academic career at Texas A&M University in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. He has served as both Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Department Head, as well as being Associate Editor for Personality and Social Psychology and serving on editorial boards for several other prominent journals. His most recent research has focused on attachment theory, leading to several publications on the transition to parenthood. His current focus is on the disorganized attachment style. He has over 95 publications, teaches social psychology at the undergraduate level and theories of social psychology at the graduate level, and has served on or chaired over 25 Masters and Ph.D. committees. He is a Fellow of both the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Association for Relationships Research, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology.

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Ramona L. Paetzold


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Ramona L. Paetzold received her B.A. and M.A. in Mathematics (minor—Psychology), her M.B.A., and her doctorate in statistics (minor—Psychology) from Indiana University, Bloomington. She also received a J.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She has been a professor at Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Maryland, and Texas A&M University. She has received The Ricky W. Griffin Research Award and has held the Muse Faculty Fellow Research Award and the Mays Faculty Fellow Research Award (twice). She has received the Association of Former Students Teaching Award, The Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Excellence in Teaching Award, the Mays Teaching Award, and the Most Impactful Faculty Member Award, and has also received the Mays Faculty Service Award. Her research spans psychology, statistics, and law, including the well-known volume The Statistics of Discrimination, as well as research in sexual harassment and disabilities and accommodation. Her most recent work in psychology, conducted with Dr. Steve Rholes, involves attachment theory, especially the adult disorganized attachment style construct.

Recent Research Assistants

  • Monica McCarson
  • Jacqueline France
  • Sheridan Steen
  • Catherine Atkinson
  • Christine Newberg
  • Stephanie Blackburn
  • Maeli Cordova
  • Stephanie Brown