Current Graduate Students
Julie A. Planke
Email Julie joined the lab in the Fall of 2016 as a first year MA Psychology student, after completing her BA in Psychobiology at SUNY New Paltz, and is now a co-supervisor for the lab. She has also conducted research in the Perceptual Development Lab and the Child and Adolescent Psychology Lab on campus, and has special interests in early cognitive development from an evolutionary perspective. Her research interests in the Evolutionary Psychology lab include the effects of evolutionary mismatch on mental health, heterodoxy in academia, and the evolved mating psychology of the LBGTQ+ community.
Email Nick joined the lab in the fall of 2016. He is a psychology major and is minoring in sociology. He is also a volunteer firefighter for the town of Milton. His research interests include risk-taking behavior and general evolutionary psychology.
Email Cynthia joined the lab in the fall of 2017. This will be her second year, out of three, as a graduate student in the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program at SUNY New Paltz. She is also the graduate student assistant at the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz. Cynthia graduated from SUNY Purchase with a B.A. in literature. In March of 2016, Cynthia and a team of mental health counseling students presented a literature review on Group Interventions in Disaster Mental Health at the American Counseling Association Conference & Expo, in San Francisco, California. Cynthia’s research interests include disaster mental health, cross-cultural psychology, novelty-seeking behavior, and long-distance hiking.
Current Undergraduate Students
Visiting Scholars & Researchers
Aron G. Wiegand
Email Aron earned his BA in Psychology with a biology minor from the American Unviersity in Washington DC. He earned his MSc in Evolutionary and comparative Psychology from the University of ST. Andrews (UK). Aron also studied genetic evolution and neuroanatomy at the University of Edinburgh. His academic interest include biopsychology, behavioral neuroscience, and evolutionary studies with primary focuses on the origins of communication, higher order/symbolic thinking, and memory.
Affiliated New Paltz Faculty
Haley Moss Dillon, Ph.D.
Website Email Haley Dillon earned her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Kansas State University. She is also alumni of the lab, graduating with her M.A. in Psychology at SUNY New Paltz after completing a B.A. in Psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh. Haley currently teaches at Marist College, SUNY Plattsburgh, and SUNY New Paltz.
Website Email With philosophy and developmental psychology degrees from Columbia University, Alice Andrews teaches psychology and evolutionary studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is a founding member/council member of the Applied Evolutionary Psychology Society as well as the founder and former editor-in-chief of The Evolutionary Review: Art, Science, Culture. She serves on the Executive Board of SUNY New Paltz’s Evolutionary Studies program, as well as on the Editorial Boards of Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences and EvoS: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium. Alice is also the founder and editor of Entelechy: Mind & Culture and her novel Trine Erotic (evolutionary fiction) was recently republished by Codhill Press for its 10th-year anniversary. In addition to her academic pursuits, Alice’s latest project is SACRED NATURALISM. She also has a passion for the rights of nature and served on the Environmental Conservation Commission in the Village of New Paltz for 4 years. She is the founder of the group Mothers & Others United to Shut Down Indian Point as well as the founder of Beyond Pesticides in Ulster County. Singing is another passion; she sings with Gaiatree Sound Project.
Email John received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Caltech in Pasadena, California, and his B.A. in molecular genetics from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He writes a blog for Psychology Today and has written about science for the Washington Post and the Economist, primarily about the interface between psychology and neuroscience. He is the primary author of two books and has written many professional articles on a variety of topics. John’s overall goal is to synthesize cutting-edge neuroscience, biology, psychology, and various Eastern and Western spiritual traditions into a unified framework that addresses nearly all psychological health and dysfunction. He uses the Homeostasis Psychology method in therapy, coaching, and consulting. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at New York University.
Rosemarie Sokol Chang, Ph.D.
Website Email Rosemarie Sokol Chang is a social psychologist with research interest in the vocal expression of emotion in attachment relationships. These vocalizations include whines and loverese, the babytalk used between romantic partners. She is also the editor of EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium. Though currently working part-time to raise her toddler, she is still involved in research in conjunction with Justin Garcia through Binghamton University, and teaching online courses at the State University of New York, New Paltz and Southern New Hampshire University.
Collaborators from Near and Far
Maryanne Fisher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, St. Mary’s University
Website Email Maryanne’s primary interest is in the evolutionary foundations of human interpersonal relationships. She has a long standing interest in female intrasexual competition. Her other areas of interest broadly include women’s mating strategies and indicators of female physical attractiveness.
Andrew C. Gallup, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Dept of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
Website EmailAndrew’s diverse laboratory and field experience has prompted a wide range of research interests pertaining to evolutionary biology and comparative psychology. His current research is exploring the spread of gaze-following in human crowds, the function(s) of yawning across vertebrates, the biological correlates of adolescent peer aggression, and sexual conflict and multilevel selection in water striders.
Justin R. Garcia, M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Gender Studies & Assistant Research Scientist, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana University
Website EmailJustin’s primary interests are in the evolutionary and biological foundations of human love, intimacy, and sexual behavior. In particular, notions of commitment and attachment in romantic and sexual relationships. A second but overlapping area is in behavioral neurogenetics and behavioral endocrinology. He is also interested in the application of evolutionary theory as a unifying framework for interdisciplinary studies.
Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, NYU
Website EmailScott researches and writes about the development of talent, intelligence, and creativity. Scott Barry Kaufman is scientific director of the Imagination Institute in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He conducts research on the measurement and development of intelligence, imagination, and creativity, and teaches the popular undergraduate course Introduction to Positive Psychology. Kaufman is author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined and co-author of the upcoming book Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire). He is also host of The Psychology Podcast, co-founder of The Creativity Post, and he writes the blog Beautiful Minds for Scientific American. Kaufman completed his doctorate in cognitive psychology from Yale University in 2009 and received his masters degree in experimental psychology from Cambridge University in 2005, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar.
Geoffrey Miller, Ph.D. Evolutionary Psychologist at the University of New Mexico
Website Email Geoffrey Miller is an evolutionary psychologist best known for his books The Mating Mind (2001), Mating Intelligence (2008), Spent (2009), and Mate (2015). He has a B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and is a tenured associate professor at the University of New Mexico. He has over 120 academic publications addressing sexual selection, mate choice, signaling theory, fitness indicators, consumer behavior, marketing, intelligence, creativity, language, art, music, humor, emotions, personality, psychopathology, and behavior genetics. He has also given over 200 talks in 16 countries, and also worked at NYU Stern Business School, UCLA, University College London, and the London School of Economics. He has consulted for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, governments, NGOs, market research companies, and social media companies. He has been active in the academic free speech movement, the Effective Altruism movement, and popular science outreach (Twitter: @primalpoly). Personal website: primalpoly.com.
Daniel J. Kruger, PhD. Research Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health and Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan
Website Email Dan’s evolutionary research interests include: altruism, cooperation, competition, demography, life history, literary Darwinism, mortality patterns, risk taking, and interventions for social and ecological sustainability.
Daniel Tumminelli O’Brien, Ph.D.
Email Daniel is the Manager of the Harvard-Boston Research Initiative at Harvard University, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Binghamton University, and an Adjunct Lecturer at University of Massachusetts Boston. His main research interest is the application of evolutionary theory to understanding and improving urban environments. He has been a key player in the development of the Binghamton Neighborhood Project, an applied, interdisciplinary research collaboration between researchers, service providers and local government in Binghamton, NY, and is working with sociologists Christopher Winship and Robert Sampson to begin a similar project in Boston, MA. He is an active member of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, developing a variety of educational materials and pedagogical techniques that bring evolutionary theory to classrooms outside the biological sciences, including an introductory course titled “Evolution for Everyone” that he constructed with David Sloan Wilson.
Email Amanda joined the lab in the Fall 2016 as a first year MA Psychology student. She graduated from SUNY Albany with a BA in Psychology and Anthropology in 2014. Her research interests focus on mate selection, sexual orientation and gender identity from an evolutionary perspective and intersections of Organizational Psychology and evolution. Her outside interests include archery, hiking, and reading, particularly on general topics in human sexuality.
Email Olivia joined the lab in the fall of 2016 after graduating from James Madison University with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in music. This will be her second year as a graduate student at SUNY New Paltz. Her interests include mate selection, music’s role in evolution, and the evolutionary importance of social intelligence. Additionally, Olivia works as a Teaching Assistant at SUNY New Paltz for undergraduate Research Methods. Looking forward, Olivia is planning to pursue a PhD in Experimental Psychology at Brunel University London.
Email Kelsey joined the lab in the fall of 2016 as an undergraduate assistant. She’s majoring in Psychology and minoring in Evolutionary Studies and Anthropology. Her research interests include evolutionary psychology, social psychology, and forensic psychology.
Email Jackie joined the lab in the fall of 2015. She is a dual major in Psychology and Communication Disorders, as well as a minor in Deaf Studies. Her interests are in general evolutionary psychology.
Email Elizabeth joined the lab in the fall of 2014 as an undergraduate assistant. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Evolutionary Studies at SUNY New Paltz. Elizabeth is planning on pursuing a career as a nurse. She will go on to study midwifery in graduate school.
Website Email Vania joined the lab in Fall of 2015, and was one of the lab co-supervisors. She was born and raised in Cochabamba, Bolivia, but did her undergraduate studies at SUNY Plattsburgh, where she was a Teaching Assistant for 4 courses and a Research Assistant for professors in social, cognitive, and evolutionary psychology. While completing her master’s thesis, she is also part of the Positive Play Lab and the Research Board, and works as a Psychological Statistics Teaching Assistant. Her research interests include gender differences, mating strategies, and the evolutionary origins of religion, particularly as it relates to mating.
Email Brittany joined the lab in the Fall of 2015 as a first year graduate student. She obtained her BA in Psychology in 2014 from SUNY Oneonta. She spent the majority of her undergraduate degree as a research assistant, teacher assistant, and conducted numerous studies with faculty. Her interest include social and evolutionary perspectives in psychology, with a concentration in personalities and deviance in society.
Email As an undergraduate, Richard majored in Psychology (BA), minored in Biology, and encountered the utilitarian perspectives of Evolutionary Anthropology and Psychology under Dr. David Puts at The Pennsylvania State University. Richard was also fortunate to assist Dr. Daniel Conroy-Beam and Dr. Laith Al-Shawaf from the Buss Lab at The University of Texas at Austin as a post-bac. His research interests consist of the development of sexual and romantic desire and orientation from an evolutionary perspective as well as their interplay with sex hormones. Outside of his Research Assistantship with Dr. Carol Vazquez’s Social-Cognition Lab, Richard served as one of the lab’s Co-Supervisers and is second-year Graduate Research Assistant, a Teaching Assistant for Introductory Evolutionary Psychology, and is the current Assistant of the Evolutionary Studies Program.
Gökçe Sancak Aydın
Email Gökçe joined the lab in the Spring of 2014 as a visiting scholar and researcher. She graduated from Ege University in 2006, majoring in psychological counseling and guidance. She worked as a psychological counselor for 3 years, and is now a doctoral student and research assistant in the Psychological Counseling and Guidance Department at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey. Her research interests include mate selection, cognition, and culture.
Ana M. Cañas
Email Ana joined the lab in Fall 2013 as an undergraduate assistant. She is currently a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Evolutionary Studies. Her research interests include evolutionary psychology, culture and cognition, neuropsychology, and environmental and developmental psychology.
Website Email Rachael joined the lab in Fall 2009, after graduating from SUNY New Paltz in the Spring of 2009 with her BA in Psychology (minoring in Evolutionary Studies and History). Her research interests lie in human sexuality in general, and the female sexual response in particular. By combining ideas from various disciplines in psychology (including Evolutionary Psychology), she hopes to get at age-old questions regarding the female orgasm.
Email Corinna was one of Dr. Geher’s research assistants in 2007 and 2008 and was also hired around that time to help set up and support the Evolutionary Studies Minor program. She is currently a Mental Health Therapist for Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland, OR.
Email David Joined the lab in fall of 2013. During his undergraduate career at SUNY Plattsburgh, he was a teaching assistant for Evolutionary Psychology and Biopsychology. David also worked as an intern at the Regional TBI center, and was a Research Assistant who primarily studied deceptive mating strategies. He graduated cum laude from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2013 with a BS in Psychology. He is currently working on his thesis and is focused on the evolutionary mismatch between human mate selection and the use of online dating services.
Website Email Dr. Crosier is a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College’s Center for Technology and Behavioral Health. His primary research centers on building predictive models of health behavior with social media data, machine learning, and social network analysis. He also works on developing new ways to collect social media data, focusing on web-based marketing.
Email Blair is a recent graduate from SUNY New Paltz with a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently working on several projects in the lab with specific interest in mating and sexual behavior. Blair is also currently applying PhD programs in clinical psychology.
Email Jason served as Dr. Geher’s Graduate Teaching Assistant for his Experimental Psychology course during the Fall 2004 semester. Glenn was Jason’s advisor for his master’s thesis, titled Mating Intelligence, Machiavellianism, and Self-Monitoring as Predictors of the Recognition of and Participation in Behaviors Associated with Mental Fitness Indicators, which used one of the early measures of mating intelligence that Dr. Geher developed. Jason completed his thesis in 2007. Dr. Geher greatly reinforced and built upon Jason’s research and analysis skills. Jason directly uses the skills that those experiences helped him develop each day in his current career as the Director of Institutional Research at Pace University.
EmailVictoria joined the lab in the fall of 2015. She is a psychobiology major and evolutionary studies minor at SUNY New Paltz. Her interests include the evolutionary psychology of aggression and comparative animal psychology.
Website Email Jessica joined the lab in the fall of 2012. She completed her undergrad at Marist College, majoring in business. After working as a human resource professional for several years, Jessica enrolled in the MA program at New Paltz. Her research interests (and thesis work) include investigating topics in health psychology through an evolutionary perspective.
Email Mary joined the lab in 2010 after graduating from SUNY Albany where she worked with Gordon Gallup in his Evolution and Human Behavior Laboratory. Her interests span the field of psychology, but she is currently focusing on the intersection of Clinical, Forensic and Evolutionary Psychology. Her current research investigates female counter adaptations to male sexual coercion, hopefully with positive implications for the field of rape prevention.
Ari J. Freuman
Email Ari studied History and Psychology here at SUNY – New Paltz, graduating with his B.A.’s in 2008. He joined the psychology graduate program in Fall 2009. His research interests include mate choice, evolved mating strategies and courtship within the context of long-term mating. Having finished his coursework, Ari is currently working on his thesis, in which he plans to develop a theoretical framework behind evolved courtship behaviors. As a side study, Ari is employing morphometric analyses in order to examine which types of attributes (both physical and non-physical) confer either suspected short-term or long-term male mating strategies.
Class of 2009
EmailDaniel graduated in 2009 from SUNY New Paltz, with a major in psychology and minors in sociology and evolutionary studies. As of October 2010, he is a Master’s student at New Mexico State University in the social psychology program. He is interested in social status, morality, positive psychology, and mating.
Website Email Daniel graduated from the lab in 2012 with his M.A. He is interested in evolutionary clinical psychology, the study of how biological evolution has shaped the mind, and the resulting implications for the classification, understanding, and treatment of mental disorders. Daniel is currently a Ph.D. student at Suffolk University’s clinical psychology program, working on a dissertation on the emotion-processing function of dreams. He serves as part-time instructor in UMass Boston’s psychology department, project leader on PsychTable.org, and secretary of the Applied Evolutionary Psychology Society.
Email Morgan joined the EvoS lab in the Fall of 2012. She graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 2008, with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. After working 5 years as a business professional, she enrolled in the Master’s program at SUNY New Paltz to pursue her true passion, Psychology. Morgan was immediately drawn to the enthusiasm of the EvoS lab on campus. She is interested in courtship, and how Evolution manifests itself through artistic expression.
Email Terry joined the lab in Fall 2011 as a Senior. She is an Industrial-Organizational Psychology major and a member of Psi Chi. Her research interests include U.S. body hair culture, the female orgasm, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, the overmedicalization of sex, addictive personalities, and cardiac psychology. She is currently working on a study that looks at sex differences in sports participation through an evolutionary lens.
Website Email Mandy joined the lab in Fall 2010 after graduating from New Mexico State University ’10 with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Theatre Arts. Her research interests lie in a combination of Evolutionary and Health Psychology, with a particular focus on anxiety in mating.
Email Raina joined the lab in spring 2013 as an undergraduate assistant. She is currently a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Disaster Studies. Her research interests include evolutionary psychology, clinical psychology, and the psychology of women.
Website Email Laura joined the lab in 2007 as a junior in high school. She is now a senior majoring in both Psychology and Theatre Arts with a concentration in Costume Design. She is also an Evolutionary Studies Minor and the President of the Evolutionary Studies Club. Her current research projects are studying divorce patterns and their correlations with the male: female mortality ratio, applying theories from evolutionary psychology to current sex and health education curriculum in high school settings, analyzing how childhood injuries may relate to life history strategy, and analyzing Harlequin Blaze novels from an Evolutionary Perspective.
Email Abbey started Lab during the Fall 2009 semester as a Junior. She is a psychology major with a minor in Evolutionary Studies and is presently the assistant to the Evolutionary Studies program. Abbey is currently doing research in applying evolutionary theories to the current sex and health education curriculum in high school settings.
Class of 2007, M.A. 2010
EmailHeather completed both her undergrad and Master’s degree at New Paltz. While in the lab, she worked with Glenn to start NEEPS, and wrote her BA Honors Thesis on controversies surrounding EP and the formation of NEEPS. Her interests are culture, learning, parenting, immigration, and human development. Heather’s MA thesis was on immigrant mothers’ parenting beliefs. She is currently enrolled in the Developmental Psychology PhD program at Clark University (expected grad date May 2015).
Email Regina graduated Summa Cum Laude from New Paltz in 2007, majoring in psychology with a concentration in psychobiology. After New Paltz, she worked in the cognitive neuroscience Lab of Aging and Cognition at Harvard University assisting fMRI research on memory, planning, and imagination. She also worked in the Harvard Museum of Natural History, a cool place for people who are passionate about evolution! Regina is currently the Clinical Research Coordinator at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute where she works on a randomized clinical trial using neurofeedback to treat complex trauma, the Developmental Trauma Disorder Field Trial, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga classes and a nation-wide training initiative on Enhancing Multidisciplinary Responses to Polyvictimization.
Website Email Rebecca joined the lab in Fall 2011 after graduating from Binghamton University in 2009. Her research interests lie in evolutionary psychology, with a particular focus on mate selection and oxytocin.
Email Katrina joined the lab in the fall of 2015. As a senior in her undergraduate studies, she is double majoring in psychology and evolutionary studies. Her research interests fall within the evolutionary theory behind human relationships.
Email Maureen is an undergraduate student at SUNY New Paltz. She is a Psychology major with minors in English and German studies, and she recently added Evolutionary Studies as a third minor. Although this is her last year, she discovered a deep interest in EvoS when she decided to attend some of the seminars out of curiosity in spring 2014. She wanted to get a feel for what it would be like to conduct research in a relatively new field such as this, so…here she is! She is particularly interested in the evolutionary bases of dating and monogamy, as well as the bonds in a close friendship.
Email Shay joined the lab in the fall of 2014. She majored in psychobiology before graduating from SUNY New Paltz in 2015, and her interests are in physiological psychology, cognition, and developmental psychology.
Email Ashley joined the lab in the spring of 2010, after graduating from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in biology. Her research interests lie in personality and individual differences from an evolutionary perspective. She is currently working on a project with Glenn Geher investigating the relationships between Mating Intelligence, Personality, Sociosexuality, Life History Strategy, and preferences for certain sexual acts.
Email Melvin was a graduate student in Dr. Geher’s Evolutionary Psychology Laboratory. As of the spring of 2014, he is a student in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior PhD Program at Binghamton University, working in Dr. David Sloan Wilson’s laboratory. Topics of interest include mate choice, life-history strategy, the evolutionary basis of consumer behavior, religion, and deception.
Email Nate joined the lab in the summer of 2014 after completing an EvoS seminar class. He is majoring in psychology at SUNY New Paltz and his interests include nature connection, primatology, and mental health psychology.
Email Brianne joined the lab in the fall of 2015 as an undergraduate student. She is majoring in psychobiology. Her interests include evolutionary psychology in general, physiological psychology, and social psychology.
Email Andrew joined the lab in the fall of 2013. He graduated from the University of Tampa with a BA in Psychology and a minor in philosophy. His interests include emotional intelligence and mate selection.
Email Constantina joined the EP lab in the Spring of 2014 as an undergraduate assistant. She majored in Psychobiology with a minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies before graduating from SUNY New Paltz in 2015. Her interests include mating behavior, evolutionary psychology, and the psychology of women.
Briana R. Tauber
Website Email Briana joined the lab in Fall 2012, after graduating SUNY New Paltz in the Spring of 2012 with a BA in Psychology (minoring in Evolutionary Studies). Her interests lie in sexual selection and mating intelligence. Briana was the assistant to the Evolutionary Studies program from Fall 2012 to Spring 2014.
Email Chris is a recent graduate of Skidmore College, where he majored in psychology and minored in philosophy. He plans to study evolutionary psychology in graduate school, hopefully alongside paleoanthropology. Within the field of evolutionary psychology, he is especially interested in studying altruism, social behavior, intelligence, and the ways in which people’s moral beliefs are subconsciously influenced by evolved phenomena such as disgust sensitivity and ingroup/outgroup categorization.
Email Grant joined the lab in Fall 2011, after graduating from The College of William and Mary in the Spring of 2011 with his BS in Biology and Psychology and a mathematics minor. His research interests span current topics evolutionary psychology.
Website Email Nicole joined the lab in the summer of 2014. She graduated from California State University of Fullerton with a BA in Psychology in 2013, and then spent a year doing volunteer research at SUNY Albany in evolutionary psychology. Her interests include mate selection and evolutionary mismatch. Along with finishing her second year of the MA program in Psychology at SUNY New Paltz, Nicole is the current assistant to the Evolutionary Studies program and the EP at NP lab supervisor.
Email Jeysa Williams joined the MA program at SUNY New Paltz, and EvoS lab in Fall 2013. She graduated with her BA in psychology from Binghamton University with research experience in human memory and cognition, clinical psychology, and environmental neuropsychology. Her research is focused on social-personality psychology, with particular focus on evolutionary psychology, prosocial cognition, and mating intelligence. Outside interests include the legal field, writing, language, and the more physical challenges of CrossFit. Jeysa was both a columnist for BU Pipe Dream, and cofounder of the Binghamton Chapter of Active Minds.