"Megs" Carpenter

Social Psychologist/sex Researcher/Lecturer

Jenna Chang


Jenna was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii. She is currently applying for graduate school admission. Her research interest include online dating strategies, stress and coping methods in couples, and family satisfaction from families with disabilities.

Brittany Daniels


Brittany Daniels was born in North Carolina and raised in Hawaii. Currently, she is working towards her bachelors degree and plans to attend graduate school to pursue a psychotherapy career in the future. Her interests include abnormal psychology and human sexuality

Kristin Ho 


Kristin Ho was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and is currently working on getting her BA in Psychology.  She plans to graduate from UH Manoa in Spring 2015 and wants to pursue grad school for marriage and family counseling.  She is interested in divorce and its affects on children. 

Sylvia Lee


Sylvia Lee was born in Hawaii and raised in Korea. She is currently working on her own undergraduate project based on social media and self-perception that is expected to be completed by the end of Fall of 2014. Her future academic goals include earning a Masters in Counseling and would love to work overseas in Korea which is where her family is originally from

Christie Reindle


Being born in a military family, Christie Reindle has been to many different places, but now calls Hawaii her home. She is currently attending UHM for her undergrad, and plans to graduate with a double major in Psychology and Information Computer Science. Her interests are gender norms, the effects of heteronormativity on society, and ethical rights for sexual deviants.

Lauren Roxton Chibbaro


Lauren Roxton Chibbaro was born in California and is working on her BS in Psychology. She plans on getting her MD in Plastic Surgery. 

Borislava Stoytcheva


Bori Stoytcheva is an undergraduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is currently working on earning B.S. and B.A. degrees in psychology and biochemistry, respectively. While mainly interested in abnormal psychology, she is currently conducting a longitudinal social psychology study assessing the relationship between alexithymia, emotional contagion, and overall life satisfaction in an undergraduate student sample.

Previous Research Assistants:


  • Deion Anunciacion

  • Abbey Darmody

  • Jessica Yamaguchi

  • Ben Chi

  • Jibril Hassan

  • Cheri Lehr

  • Jeanette Purvis

  • Holli Smith

  • BJ Tilos

  • Christopher Towers

  • Jon Vose

  • Kirsten Wong

Nicolyn Charlot


Nicolyn Charlot was born and raised in Volcano, Hawaii. She is currently working on a BA in Psychology, and her ultimate goal is to be a scientific researcher and professor. She is interested in intimate relationships between couples, the forming and continuation of romantic love, mate guarding, evolutionary theory, and masculinity.

My lab focuses on research related to gender norms, conditional mating strategies, and the influence of power on sexual behaviors. In the context of gender norms, we are currently conducting research on how specific social influences impact individuals' perceptions of masculinity, as well as how threats to masculinity may result in efforts to restore masculinity. Additionally, we are currently conducting research on how skewed sex ratios (i.e., the proportion of sexually available men to sexually available women) influence individuals' sexual behaviors and attitudes, and further how personal feelings of power may influence individuals' sexual attitudes, behaviors, and attraction to others. 



I have had the pleasure of working with numerous undergraduate students on various research projects over the years. These students have been involved with everything from data collection and entry to designing their own original research projects. Below is a list of the current members of my research lab. 

My Research lab