My name is Eric Russell, and I am a social psychologist and researcher. I am currently employed in the tech industry at Airbnb, Inc.

I received my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington in August of 2017. In my graduate studies, I conducted research in social and personality psychology, particularly focusing on friendship formation and initial interactions between strangers. Specifically, a large body of my work explores friendships between straight and gay individuals from an evolutionary psychological perspective. 


UX Design Research

Survey Research

Marketing Research

Statistical Methods

Data Analysis


Usability Testing

Project Management

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    “Eric has the skill to easily break down complex results into a language that other psychologists, but also lay people can understand. I highly recommend Eric’s intellectual and statistical talent!"

    - Randi Proffitt Leyva, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Medical Education



    "Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

    - Ralph Waldo Emerson


    Eric has really great intuition. Throughout our almost 10 months of working together, he is always able to foresee any potential icebergs and take the initiative to start useful research." 

    - Diamond Ho

      Product Designer at Facebook