Rachael D. Robnett

Associate Professor of Psychology
Director, UNLV Social Development Research Lab
Expertise: Developmental psychology, Adolescent development, Psychology of gender, Academic achievement/career aspirations, Romantic relationships, Gender stereotyping


Rachael Robnett is a developmental psychologist whose areas of expertise include adolescent development and gender development. Her research addresses the ways in which socialization, stereotypes, and society contour the attitudes and behaviors that people display in their daily lives.

Robnett's primary line of research provides insight into adolescents’ and young adults’ pursuit of careers related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She is especially interested in identifying ways to bring more girls, women, and members of ethnic minority groups into STEM fields. Her research findings suggest that peers, self-efficacy, and hands-on research involvement may have important implications for underrepresented students’ pursuit of STEM careers.

Robnett’s second line of research examines the causes and implications of gender bias and gender-role adherence. Her work in this domain focuses on associations between gender-traditional ideologies and individuals’ preferences within the context of romantic relationships. For example, her work has examined people's preferences for marriage traditions such as marriage proposals and surname changes.

Robnett is an action editor at the British Journal of Developmental Psychology and the Journal of Adolescent Research. She also serves on the editorial board at Psychology of Women Quarterly and Sex Roles: A Journal of Research.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

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The New York Times
It could be the plot of a Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl date, fall in love, get engaged … but, alas, the nuptials are not to be. Boy and girl go their separate ways, each getting married, having children, getting divorced. They remain the “one that got away” to each other. And then, older and wiser, they fall in love again.
Wedd TV
Brooklyn Beckham, the eldest son of David Beckham, who had a strong image of a bad boy due to scandals and sudden acts, recently married Nicola Peltz , the daughter of American actor and billionaire Nelson Peltz .
The eldest son of soccer star David Beckham added his middle name to his wife's surname to become Brooklyn Joseph Peltz Beckham. The groom's decision to name his wife received support from several circles.
The Guardian
Men may require a deed poll if they want to change their name after marriage – a process at odds with equality.

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