A chapter of the 2016-published book, "The Psychology of Love and Hate in Intimate Relationships,” by HPU Assistant Professor of Psychology Katherine Aumer, Ph.D., incorporates research conducted by her students. These students are a part of the aptly named, “Aumer Lab,” composed of both undergraduate and graduate students interested in doing research to prepare for graduate school at the doctoral level. For the past several years, the “Aumer Lab” has been publishing in peer-reviewed journals and books.
Hailing from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Aumer received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin before moving to Hawai‘i. She is a social psychologist studying the influence of hate on perceptions and relationship satisfaction as they relate to identity development and prejudice. Aumer’s experience in research, psychology, and social experiments have inspired her students to engage fully and creatively with their work. The “Aumer Lab” utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods and showcases their work at industry conferences, including the Association for Psychological Science convention. It is through this type of instruction offered at Hawai‘i Pacific University that students develop real-world experience and professionalism.