A Message from HEART Lab Director, Dr. Lindsey Rodriguez

Hello, and welcome to the HEART Lab website!

The Healthy Emotions and Relationships Theories (HEART) Laboratory is an applied social psychological research laboratory at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus.

Our mission is to conduct cutting-edge research that is used to design, develop, and evaluate empirically-based interventions to help individuals and couples struggling with addictive behaviors, communication, or other relationship-related stressors.

Please see some recent projects, lab-related news, and how to get involved in the HEART Lab below!

HEART Lab Research

Research from the HEART Lab focuses on romantic relationship processes (e.g., trust, communication, conflict resolution) and health-risk behavior (e.g., heavy alcohol use, gambling, risky sex, intimate partner violence). Our research incorporates social cognitive theories and health psychology to broadly focus on understanding and improving romantic relationships with downstream effects on individual well-being.

Participate in HEART Lab Research

We are always looking for members of the community to take part in our studies! Individuals who participate receive a summary of findings once the study is complete.

To be added to our mailing list and notified of new research opportunities, join the HEART Lab mailing list. Your contact information will not be shared with others or used for any other purpose. Contact Lindsey Rodriguez for further information.


Projects involve expressive writing, social norms, social media, and how all of these things impact various aspects of close relationships (e.g., satisfaction, commitment, trust, jealousy, intimate partner violence).


HEART LAB News – Spring 2019

  • Dr. Rodriguez received the USF St. Petersburg campus Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship.
  • Dr. Rodriguez received a USF St. Petersburg campus Internal Research Award to pilot test the HEAL Project.
  • Six Research Assistants presented at the USF St. Petersburg campus Student Research Symposium.
    • Three (James Onufrak, Dimitra Dimopolous, and Samantha Booth) won the Best Poster Award!
  • Lab Manager Emma Robinson headed to receive her Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s degree at Appalachian State University.
  • Research Assistant Taylor Clements headed to an I/O Ph.D. program at Florida International University.
  • Research Assistant Marcia Cristina de la Gralha headed to a Clinical Psychology Master’s program at Western Carolina University.
  • Research Assistant Michael Avery headed to a Master’s program.

Contact the HEART Lab

Dr. Lindsey Rodriguez

Director of the HEART Lab

Assistant Professor of Psychology at USF St. Petersburg campus

USF St. Petersburg campus

140 7th Ave. S., DAV 118

St.Petersburg Florida 33701


Join the HEART Lab Team

We are always looking for bright, talented, and motivated undergraduates to join the HEART Lab research team.

Learn more about becoming a HEART LAB RESEARCH ASSISTANT


  • Peer-reviewed publications, which includes book chapters and invited manuscripts
  • Manuscripts under review
  • Conference presentations and published abstracts

View Dr. Rodriguez’ Publications



  • Social Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Close Relationships
  • Addictive Behaviors
  • Motivation
  • Social Cognition
  • Research Methods
  • Grant Writing
  • Professional Development
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Dyadic Data Analysis
  • Multilevel Modeling
  • Structural Equation Modeling

HEART Lab Photos

Scroll below for some photos of the Lab!