The Relationships & Technology Lab typically has 2-11 undergraduate research assistants that work in the lab. 

Lab Director

Dr. Okdie is a media psychologist who is currently an assistant professor of psychology at The Ohio State University at Newark. Since receiving his doctorate in 2011, he has published in high impact outlets such as Perspectives on Psychological Science, Psychological Inquiryand Computers in Human Behavior. He sits on the editorial board of the International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies and has reviewed manuscripts for the several high-impact journals such as Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and Computers in Human Behavior. Additionally, he has edited special issues for journals on media and is regularly called on to review proposals on media for the National Science Foundation.


Aaron Roberts is a fourth-year psychology student at The Ohio State University who is completing most of his undergraduate studies at the Newark  campus. He intends to continue his education at the graduate level and work in the field. His interests lie in psychology and law as well as the relationship between human behavior and technology.

Meredith Johnson

Meredith is a 4th year senior from Cincinnati majoring in psychology. She is a Research Assistant for Dr. Okdie and feels very lucky to be one! After graduation, she plans to continue work at the med-center in Columbus and study for the MCAT. Meredith is increasingly interested in nutrition and preventative medicine. Her favorite thing to do around Columbus is try new restaurants.   


Lab Graduates

  • Ashley Cooper

  • Nick Smithberger

  • Kelsey Hall

  • Brittany Franz

  • Kurstie Bevelhymer-Rangel

  • Wes Barnhart

  • Lindsey Rike

  • Ashley Luu

  • Wyatt Bowman

  • Cody M. Price

  • Michael Gleckler

  • Rebecca Drown

  • Matt Britton

  • Nathan Spektor

  • Heather Syrus

  • Drea Reynoso

  • Khadijah Mba

  • Vivian Hodges

  • Ashley Pritchard

  • DJ Ballinger

  • Edward Davitian

  • Cora Evano

  • Lacey Hall

  • Leah Didlick

  • Justin Daniels