Samantha Joel is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Utah. Her research examines how people make decisions about their romantic relationships. For example, what sort of factors do people take into consideration when they try to decide whether to pursue a potential date, invest in a new relationship, or break up with a romantic partner? By studying how people navigate these relationship turning points, Samantha hopes to uncover useful decision strategies that will ultimately lead to happier, healthier relationships.
In addition to this blog, she also writes for Science of Relationships with the goal of making relationship research findings more accessible to the public.