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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Rachael D. Robnett In The News

December 15, 2020
When Dr. Glenna Matthews saw an opinion piece arguing that Dr. Jill Biden should drop her title, it brought back a flood of memories for the 82-year-old.
December 15, 2020
When Dr. Glenna Matthews saw an opinion piece arguing that Dr. Jill Biden should drop her title, it brought back a flood of memories for the 82-year-old.
August 29, 2020
A post-quarantine pandemic reunion with your partner isn’t always as sweet as you’d imagine. After weeks or months of social distancing in separate places, the coronavirus pandemic still remains. This means that every interaction comes with a somewhat awkward protocol. Instead of jumping into each other’s arms, you might open your door and carefully back out of a tiny hallway to let your lover into your home. You might watch as they take off their mask and wait patiently for them to wash their hands for 20 seconds—humming “Happy Birthday” to yourself. Then, you smile at each other, or, your heart starts pounding so hard that you don’t know what to do.
May 28, 2020
Rachael Robnett, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas agrees that childcare plays a significant role in determining the burden of work. “[The] quarantine is illuminating–and perhaps even magnifying–existing gender and racial inequities”, Robnett said. “If this is the case, it would be consistent with a substantial body of research showing that women are often expected to take charge when unexpected childcare needs pop up.”

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People | December 27, 2019
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Campus News | November 1, 2019
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Campus News | September 13, 2018
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Research | December 26, 2017
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