Michelle vanDellen is an Associate Professor in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia. She studies self-regulation and self-control, specifically examining how these processes involve social relationships and predict health. She has a PhD in Social Psychology from Duke University with additional degrees from the University of Kentucky and Asbury University. Her work has been published in the top journals in Psychology and Social Psychology including Psychological Review, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Review, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. She has received the George A. Miller award from the American Psychological Association and the Daniel Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, as well as the Charles B. Knapp Early Career Scholar Award from the University of Georgia. Her teaching is regularly recognized at the department and university level.
Outside of her scholarly work, Michelle is actively engaged in pursuing too many goals. Her current mission is to hike every mile of every trail in every US National Park with her husband Kelly. They’ve hiked ~900 miles of the nearly 11,000 miles in the 62 park-system so far and the challenge should keep them pretty busy over the next several decades.