I study the social situatedness of human biology by examining how experiences of intimacy influence gonadal hormones. I am particularly interested in social modulation of testosterone via sexuality, partnering/pair bonding, and nurturance, and how these studies can inform evolutionary understandings of physiological pathways underlying intimacy. I use experimental, correlational, and longitudinal designs that are mostly quantitative but involve some qualitative approaches. My research program includes attention to gender/sex and sexual diversity, and a major aim is developing feminist science and inclusive research practices. As part of this, I am working on reflexive/theoretical pieces about feminist science practice in the lab and how social neuroendocrine research queers testosterone, in addition to ongoing lab studies.
I have two related lines of interest. I conduct quantitative research on the gendered enactment of scientific and academic practice. I also study gendered sexualities and conceptualizations of gender/sex relevant to (bio)psychology.
Scientist to Watch, The Scientist, 2014.
2014 Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching of Undergraduates, U-M College of Literature, Science and the Arts;.
Association for Psychological Science Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions, 2013.
Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award for 2011 paper "The Steroid/Peptide Theory of Social Bonds...", 2012.
Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Young Investigator Award, 2007.