The Self & Relationships Lab


Dr. Ginni Blackhart, Director

232 Campus Center Building

East Tennessee State University

Phone: 423-439-5623

Current Lab Members


Graduate Students:

Xiang “Dennis” Liu

Lyndsay Nelson (CV)

Jessica Williamson (CV)


Undergraduate Students:

Adam Barton

Molly Cleek

Megan Dew

Megan Dunn

Wil Flynn

Hunter Ford

Jesi Hall

Derek Mann

Kayla Mitchell

Rachel Raines

Eric Rohm

Robert Safferstein

Recent Student Presentations:


Below are citations and links for some recent research presentations given by students in the Self & Relationships Lab at regional, national, and international research meetings. More information about research currently being conducted in the Self & Relationships Lab can be found on the current research page.


Nelson, L. A., & Blackhart, G. C. (2014). The role of social anxiety in self-control depletion. Poster presented at the 15th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.


Boggs, A., Tan, Y., Cleek, M., Williamson, W., & Blackhart, G. (2013). Individuals higher in trait self-control show less self-control depletion than those lower in trait self-control. Poster presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Augusta, GA.


Brown, K. E., Dandy, C., & Blackhart, G. C. (2013). An examination of fear of positive and negative evaluation as potential mediators between social anxiety and self-control. Poster presented at the 14th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.


Nelson, L. A., Jackson, H. M., Rasnick, S. L., & Blackhart, G. C. (2013). It’s not what you might expect: A stranger’s rejection may hurt more than that of a close other. Poster presented at the 14th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.


Dandy, C., Chance, L., & Blackhart, G. C. (2012). The impact of self-compassion on the recollection of self-conscious emotion-eliciting events. Poster presented at the 34th annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Gainesville, FL.


Williamson, J., & Blackhart, G. C. (2012). Self-compassion and coping with trauma: An online study examining attitudes toward the self in individuals with traumatic experiences. Talk given at the 34th annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Gainesville, FL.


Fitzpatrick, J., Vella, S.,  Brown, K. E., Williamson, J., & Blackhart, G. C. (2012). How long does the ego-depletion effect persist? Poster presented at the 13th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.


Clark, T., & Blackhart, G. C. (2012). Assessing the adequacy of manipulation checks in deception research: Revised follow-up. Poster presented at the 13th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.


Fitzpatrick, J., & Blackhart, G. C. (2011). Dispositional factors predicting usage of and behavior on online dating sites. Poster presented at the 33rd annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Johnson City, TN.


Williamson, J., & Blackhart, G. C. (2011). The effects of self-esteem boosts and threats on self-control ability following ego-depletion. Poster presented at the 33rd annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Johnson City, TN.


Brown, K. E., Maxwell, J., & Blackhart, G. C. (2011). The effects of social evaluation on the sustainability of self-regulatory resources. Poster presented at the 12th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.


Brown, K. E., Blackhart, G. C., Pierce, D. L., & Shell, K. (2011). Assessing the adequacy of post-experimental inquiries in deception research and factors that promote participant honesty. Poster presented at the 12th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.


Watkins, C., Williamson, J. R., & Blackhart, G. C. (2011). The impact of induced self-compassion on self-control ability. Poster presented at the 12th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.


Hawkes, C., & Blackhart, G. C. (2010). Imagine that! Social acceptance or rejection in varying relationships. Poster presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Charleston, SC.


Clark, T., & Blackhart, G. C. (2010). The relationship between self-compassion, self-control, and health. Poster presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Charleston, SC.


Goodman, E., Hawkes, C., & Blackhart, G. C. (2010). Effects of social rejection and acceptance among varying social relationships. Poster presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Chattanooga, TN.