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A Comprehensive Approach to Research and Innovation

W. Kyle Hamilton

One of my research interests revolves around the relationship between our close personal relationships and health. I approach my work through the lens of attachment theory particularly on how the effects of early relationships can have lasting effects on our health and wellbeing. These relationships start in childhood with our caretakers and shift towards romantic partners later in life. Understanding the influences of these relationships across the lifespan helps to shape and mold the health and wellbeing of our bodies and minds. One avenue my work has taken me on is the relationship that adverse childhood experiences has on facets of emotion regulation and resilience factors. Emotion regulation is a malleable skill that can be taught which makes it a prime target for the development of future interventions

Another line of research of mine is the perceptions and use of electronic cigarettes. With the introduction of these devices, we have seen changes in the way consumers perceive and relate to them and other associated nicotine products. These attitudes are not always stable as new research and regulations come out around these devices. By further evaluating public perceptions of these devices we can better inform policymakers of the dangers and challenges associated with there use.


Kyle is a Ph.D. student in the Psychological Sciences graduate program and is part of the health psychology group. Kyle received his Associate of Arts in Social Science from Reedley College and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Political Science from the University of California, Merced. His research interests include adverse childhood experiences, attachment theory, emotion regulation, electronic cigarettes, machine learning, and meta-analytic methods. In addition to his research interests, Kyle works on creating pedagogical tools and interfaces utilizing R. Furthering this goal Kyle has released five R packages which lower the barriers to advanced statistical applications in R. Kyle is also a community member of rOpenSci where he authored and maintains two packages. In 2016 and 2017 Kyle was the recipient of the William R. Shadish Award for Leadership and Service for his continued passion for the campus community.

Dr. Linda Cameron
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