Mikhila Wildey

Mikhila Wildey

Assistant Chair

Associate Professor - Clinical/Personality/Interpersonal Relationships

  • B.S., M.A., Ph.D., Michigan State University

Office: 2126 Au Sable Hall

Phone: (616) 331-3881

Email: [email protected]



Clinical Psychology; Interpersonal Relationships; Personality

Courses Taught

PSY 303 – Adult Psychopathology

PSY 310 – Behavior Modification

Research Interests

My research interests focus broadly in the area of romantic relationships. Specifically, I am interested in the role of personality traits and psychopathology in the initial development of romantic relationships and in their dissolution. In my existing research, I have examined the role of personality and psychopathology on relationship quality in married couples. I have recently been more interested in factors which play a role in early relationship development (i.e., prior to marriage). I also am interested in understanding sexual health within romantic relationships.


Wildey, M. N., Fox, M. E., Machnik, K. M., & Ronk, D. (2022). Exploring graduate student mental health and service utilization by gender, race, and year in school. Journal of American College Health, 1- 9. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2022.2145898

Wildey, M. N., Donnellan, M. B., Klump, K. L., & Burt, S. A. (2020). Using multiple methods of measuring marital satisfaction to examine the association between externalizing psychopathology, personality, and marital satisfaction. Journal of Personality Disorders, 34, 480-498.

Wildey, M. N., & Burt, S. A. (2018). Brief Romantic Relationship Interaction Coding Scheme (BRRICS). In M. Boos, M. Kolbe, & E. Brauner (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Group Interaction Analysis. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Burt, S. A., Wildey, M. N., & Klump, K. L. (2015). The quality of the inter-parental relationship does not moderate the etiology of child conduct problems. Psychological Medicine, 45, 319-332.

Humbad, M. N., Donnellan, M. B., Iacono, W. G., McGue, M. & Burt, S. A. (2013). Quantifying the association between personality similarity and marital satisfaction using profile correlations: A cautionary tale. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 97-106.

Marceau, K., Humbad, M. N., Burt, S. A., Klump, K. L, Leve, L. D., & Neiderhiser, J. M. (2012). Observed externalizing behavior: A developmental comparison of genetic and environmental influences across three samples. Behavior Genetics, 42, 30-39.

Humbad, M. N., Donnellan, M. B., Klump, K. L., & Burt, S. A. (2011). Development of the Brief Romantic Relationship Interaction Coding Scheme (BRRICS). Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 759-769.

Burt, S. A., Donnellan, M. B, Humbad, M. N., McGue, M., & Iacono, W. G. (2010). Does marriage inhibit antisocial behavior? An examination of selection versus causation via a longitudinal twin design. Archives of General Psychiatry, 67, 1309-1315.

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