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Valerie Lykes

  • Doctoral Candidate
  • University of Nevada Reno
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Originally from New Jersey, I attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania for my undergraduate education, majoring in Economics and Psychology. While there, I spent a year abroad studying in the Netherlands and Scotland. After college, I worked for two years in Human Resources and Meeting and Event Planning. I was then accepted into a the doctoral program in Interdisciplinary Social Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. My research interests relate primarily to the study of religion and social psychology. Secondarily, I also research the environment, politics, health, gender, and aging.

Recent publications

  • Group-mean-centering independent variables in multi-level models is dangerous

    • Kelley J
    • Evans M
    • Lowman J
    • et al.
  • What Predicts Loneliness? Cultural Difference Between Individualistic and Collectivistic Societies in Europe

    • Lykes V
    • Kemmelmeier M

Professional experience

Doctoral Candidate

University of Nevada, Reno

August 2007 - Present

Graduate Research Assistant

Political Science Department

July 2013 - July 2014(a year)


University of Nevada at Reno

January 2014 - May 2014(4 months)

Graduate Research Assistant, Sanford Center for Aging

University of Nevada, Reno

July 2008 - July 2013(5 years)

Internal Affairs Vice President, Graduate Student Association

University of Nevada, Reno

January 2009 - May 2011(2 years)

Graduate Research Assistant, Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies

University of Nevada, Reno

August 2007 - June 2008(10 months)


PhD in Interdisciplinary Social Psychology

University of Nevada, Reno

August 2007 - Present

Masters in Interdisciplinary Social Psychology

University of Nevada, Reno

August 2007 - May 2009(2 years)

Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology

Muhlenberg College

August 2001 - May 2005(4 years)


The University of Edinburgh

January 2004 - June 2004(5 months)


Maastricht University

August 2003 - December 2003(4 months)


Co-authors (9)

  • Burkhard Landwehr
  • Jens Schubert
  • Pete Martini
  • Angela Broadus

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