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., Donnellan, M. B., Klump, K. L., & Burt, S. A. (in press). Using multiple methods of measuring marital satisfaction to examine the association between externalizing psychopathology, personality, and marital satisfaction. Journal of Personality Disorders special issue on Personality Disorders and Relationships.

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.

Humbad, M. N., Donnellan, M. B., Iacono, W. G., McGue, M. & Burt, S. A. (2010). Is spousal similarity for personality a matter of convergence or selection? Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 827-830.

Humbad, M. N., Donnellan, M. B., Iacono, W. G., & Burt, S. A. (2010) The association of marital quality with personality and psychopathology: Results from a very large sample of married couples.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119, 151-162.

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