Dylan Selterman received his B.A. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 2006 and his Ph.D. in Social/Health Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2011. He is a social/personality psychologist by training, with additional background in developmental and health psychology. Dr. Selterman runs the DREAM Lab at Maryland, with research interests including romantic attraction/dating, emotions (e.g., jealousy), attachment in interpersonal relationships, patterns of dreaming, sexual behavior, and morality/ethics. Dr. Selterman has published original research in Social Psychological and Personality Science, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, the Journal of Sex Research, Personal Relationships, Attachment and Human Development, Motivation and Emotion, and Dreaming. He currently serves on the editorial board for Personal Relationships and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Dr. Selterman teaches Introductory Psychology (PSYC 100), Social Psychology (PSYC 221), Living the Good Life: The Psychology of Happiness (PSYC 234), Interpersonal Relationships (PSYC 334), and Research Laboratory in Social Psychology (PSYC 420). Outside of the classroom, Dr. Selterman is a Lilly Fellow Alumnus, and leads a mindfulness meditation group for students. For more on the "tragedy of the commons" extra credit exercise that went viral, read his pieces in The Washington Post, The Conversation, and National Geographic. At this time, Dr. Selterman is not accepting or supervising doctoral students. 

Areas of Interest

  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Attraction & dating
  • Morality & Ethics
  • Dreaming
  • Jealousy
  • Sexuality
  • Monogamy


  • PhD
    Stony Brook University, Social/Health Psychology, 2011
  • MA
    Stony Brook University, Psychology, 2008
  • BA
    Johns Hopkins University, Psychological and Brain Sciences, 2006
  • Professional
    Editorial Board, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
  • Professional
    Editor-In-Chief, In-Mind Magazine (http://www.in-mind.org/)
  • Professional
    Contributor (former Editor), Science of Relationships (www.scienceofrelationships.com)
  • Professional
    Editorial Board, Personal Relationships
  • Campus
    University Senate Executive Committee
  • Campus
    MOOC Advisory Board, University of Maryland
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