Rachael D. Robnett

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Expertise: Developmental psychology, Adolescent development, Psychology of gender, Academic achievement/career aspirations, Romantic relationships

Biography

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.

Education

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

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Rachael D. Robnett In The News

9Honey
April 10, 2019
According to one study, published in the journal Sex Roles, it was found that those who retained their own surnames after getting hitched are perceived as being more powerful, more ambitious and enjoying more autonomy within a marriage, while their husbands are seen to be ‘submissive’, ‘timid’ and ‘understanding’.
News 18
August 19, 2018
A woman changing her last name after her marriage has been a part of the tradition in most places across the world. Until the ninth century, the idea didn’t even surface in English common law, when lawmakers began to consider the legalities surrounding personhood, families, and marriage.
ABC Australlia
July 1, 2018
Shortly after Cameron Smith and Charlotte Peverett tied the knot 10 years ago, Cameron proposed that he take his wife's surname.
International Business Times
January 20, 2018
While many of marriage's fundamental elements have evolved over the years – the freedom to separate, the legalisation of same-sex marriage in numerous countries and prenuptual agreements –one thing that has been slow to evolve is the changing of surnames in heterosexual unions. But things are beginning to change, with a number of men deciding to take on their wives' surnames in some form.

Articles Featuring Rachael D. Robnett

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Campus NewsSeptember 13, 2018
The future of education is in programs — like UNLV's entertainment engineering and design — that reach beyond traditional academic disciplines to broaden the way students think.
Alyssa Crittenden
ResearchDecember 26, 2017
UNLV researchers made international headlines this year with their discoveries. Here's a round up of some of our top stories of 2017.
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ResearchDecember 8, 2017
UNLV study analyzes power dynamics in marital relationships and reveals perceptions of men whose wives retain their own surname.