Helen Lee Lin, Ph.D.

Social–Behavioral Scientist

My Educational Background

Under the supervision of Dr. C. Raymond Knee, I received my Ph.D. 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."  My dissertation study examined past methods of reducing response bias and tested a potential alternative using the basic tenets of self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985, 2000).

In 2007, I received my M.A. 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, I also completed a minor in Marketing through the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. 

In 2004, I graduated magna cum laude (with high honors) from the University of Houston after earning a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Communications (concentration: Media Production).  By fulfilling all of the Honors College's requirements during my time at UH and by completing a senior honors thesis on long-distance relationships (LDRs), I earned the additional distinctions of University Honors and Honors in Psychology, the full extent of honors available to an undergraduate student.  My honors thesis, which received a "Pass with Distinction," was 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.