Under the supervision of Dr C. Raymond Knee, Helen Lee Lin received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Houston in 2010 after completing a dissertation titled “Toward More Authentic Self-Reports: An Experimental Manipulation Based on Self-Determination Theory.” The dissertation examined past methods of reducing response bias and tested a potential alternative using the basic tenets of self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985, 2000). She is currently conducting a follow-up of this research.
In 2007, Helen received her MA in Social Psychology from the University of Houston, with a thesis on realistic and unrealistic control beliefs in relationships, titled ‘Assessing Unrealistic Control Beliefs in Relationships’. As part of the requirements for a doctorate, she also completed a minor in Marketing through the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.
In 2004, Helen graduated magna cum laude (with high honours) from the University of Houston after earning a BS in Psychology and a BA in Communications – Media Production. By fulfilling all of the Honours College’s requirements during her time at UH and by completing a senior honours thesis on long-distance relationships (LDRs), she earned the additional distinctions of University Honours and Honours in Psychology, the full extent of honours available to undergraduate students. Her honours thesis, which received a ‘Pass with Distinction’, is titled, ‘So Far and Yet So Close: Predictors of Closeness in Local and Long-Distance Relationships’. Highlights of the manuscript were published as a journal article in Psi Chi’s Journal of Undergraduate Research in 2006.
Helen’s research interests are varied. In the past, they have dealt mostly with problems or potential pitfalls in human relationships.
- Long-distance (‘geographically distant’) relationships
- Unrealistic control beliefs in relationships
- Secrecy, or self-concealment, in relationships
- Defensive pessimism in single people
More recently, Helen has become interested in applied topics, such as:
- Media effects
- Internet, privacy, and social media
- Interpersonal communication
- Health attitudes, behaviour, and outcomes
- Marketing strategy and consumer behaviour
- Educational assessment, literacy
- Prosocial environmental (‘green’) attitudes and behaviour
You can read her blog here (Science of Relationships) and you may also follow her on Twitter @helenleelin
Credits to Helen Lee Lin
Published: 11 March 2014
Last update: 23 April 2015