Samantha Joel, Psychology Researcher, Sam Joel, Graduate Student

I am a graduate student in the psychology department at the University of Toronto. In my research, I study 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, I hope to uncover useful decision strategies that will ultimately lead to better relationship wellbeing.

I also teach PSY424: a fourth year undergraduate course on intimate relationships provided through the psychology department. In the course, I focus on exploring major findings and trends in the field of relationship science, providing practical suggestions for improving close relationships in everyday life, and encouraging critical scientific thinking about relationship-related claims found in the media.

Finally, I maintain two blogs on relationships, with the goal of making relationship research findings more accessible to the public.