Current Graduate Students & Visiting Researchers
Email Mariah joined the lab in the Spring of 2018 and is a graduate student in the Mental Health Counseling Program here at SUNY New Paltz. She received her B.A. in Psychology this Spring and is now a Teaching Assistant for Psychological Statistics. Her research interests include sexual development and general evolutionary psychology.
Email Jen joined the lab in the Fall of 2019 and is a graduate student in the Psychological Science Program here at SUNY New Paltz. She is currently a TA for Research methods in Psychology. She received her BA in Psychology from Arcadia University, and during her time there, published a paper on social perceptions of others with her professor. Her research interests include general evolutionary psychology, canine cognition, and the Human-Animal Interaction
Email Website Alex Mackiel joined the lab in the Fall of 2019 after graduating from Carleton College with a B.A. in Psychology and English and is currently a co-supervisor of the lab. He is a graduate student in the Psychological Sciences program at SUNY New Paltz. He has been a TA for Psychology Research Methods and Psychological Statistics. He is also a member of Dr. Wice’s Social Developmental Lab at SUNY New Paltz. In addition to research at SUNY New Paltz he is a research assistant for the Culture, Cognition, and Coevolution Lab at Harvard University in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology. Aside from research, he is also interested in science writing and has published his writings in online blogs and magazines including Psychology Today and Quillette on the human mind and behavior. His research interests include the application of evolutionary theory to human social behavior especially morality, punishment, cooperation, coordination, and tribalism.
Email Kelly Nolan joined the lab as an undergraduate student from SUNY New Paltz in the Spring of 2020. After receiving her B.A. in Psychology, with a concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and a minor in Evolutionary Studies, she rejoined the SUNY New Paltz, and the lab in order to complete her M.S. in Psychological Sciences. She is currently the co-webmaster of the lab website. Her research interests include, general evolutionary psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, and interspecies relations.
Jenny Piyushkumar Patel
Email Jenny joined the lab in Spring of 2019. She is majoring in Psychology. Her research interests include developmental, general evolutionary and theories of psychology.
Email Graham joined the lab in 2018 as a Visiting Scholar. He graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Black Studies. Graham recently graduated from Adelphi University, receiving an MSW and obtained his licensure through New York State. He is currently practicing as a psychotherapist at the Arc of Dutchess where he is gaining experience in the field of clinical social work. Graham has participated in statistical analyses within the lab and is studying the concept of resiliency within evolutionary psychology.
Current Undergraduate Students
Email Brianna joined the lab Fall of 2020 in her Junior year as a SUNY New Paltz undergraduate. She will be graduating with a major in Psychology and minors in both Evolutionary Studies and Studio Art. Her interests include the evolutionary psychology behind children’s educational systems and evolutionary mismatch.
Email Darcy joined the lab in the Fall of 2020, in her Junior year as a SUNY New Paltz undergraduate. She will be graduating with a major in Psychology and a minor in Disaster Studies. Her interests include child psychology.
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 completed a doctoral degree in the Psychological Counseling and Guidance Department at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey. Her research interests include mate selection, cognition, and culture. She is now a professor of counseling at Bozok University in Turkey.
Email Amanda joined the lab in 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 Paige joined the lab in the spring of 2019. She is double majoring in psychology and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Her research interests include general abnormal psychology, dissociative disorders, and general evolutionary psychology.
Ana M. Cañas
Email Ana joined the lab in Fall 2013 as an undergraduate assistant. She majored in Psychology with a minor in Evolutionary Studies. Her research interests include evolutionary psychology, culture and cognition, neuropsychology, and environmental and developmental psychology. She completed a Master’s Degree at Columbia University.
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. Rachael was the first-ever student signed up in the SUNY New Paltz EvoS program.
Email Allisen graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. In her final year as an undergraduate, Allisen worked with Glenn to complete her senior honors thesis which sought to better understand one’s experience with flow and its effect on their productivity. Joining the lab in Spring 2020, she now serves as a visiting scholar. Her research interests are vast but include flow theory, mindfulness, interpersonal processes, and much more.
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 the 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. His thesis focused on the evolutionary mismatch between human mate selection and the use of online dating services.
Email Shelly joined the lab spring of 2019. She graduated with her BA from New Paltz in December of 2019, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Evolutionary Studies. Shelly now serves as a visiting researcher in the lab. Her interest includes developmental psychology, genetics, and learning more about evolution.
Website Email Dr. Crosier served as 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. He currently lives in California and he rides a snowboard.
Email Gianna joined the lab in the spring of 2019. She is majoring in psychology with a minor in art studio. Her research interests include general abnormal psychology, human development, and general evolutionary psychology.
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 a specific interest in mating and sexual behavior.
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.
Jacqueline M. Di Santo
Email Jacqueline joined the lab her first semester of the MA program, after receiving her BA in the Spring of 2016 in Psychology with a double minor in History and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. Before joining the lab, she conducted mental health research at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center in Wards Island, New York. She currently serves as the assistant for the renowned Evolutionary Studies Program (EvoS). Jacqueline is also a co-supervisor for the lab. Jacqueline’s primary research interest is in mating psychology, specifically involving romantic and sexual relationships. Her research interests also include marine biology, intersexual competition, political psychology, and comparative psychology. Outside of her work in the SUNY New Paltz Evolutionary Psychology Lab, Jacqueline is involved with the Elasmobranch Research Lab at Florida Atlantic University studying sexual dimorphism.
Amelia De Jesus
Email Amelia joined the lab in Spring of 2020 for her last semester as a SUNY New Paltz undergraduate. She will be graduating with a B.A., majoring in Psychology and minoring in Evolutionary Studies. Her interests include altruism, evolutionary psychology of estrangements and social transgressions, and general evolutionary psychology.
Email Gen graduated with a BA in December 2017, majored in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from the University at Albany. Gen was extensively involved in a research lab through the University at Albany which focused on the effects of mindfulness on the reduction of one’s psychophysiology in regards to childhood/adolescent abuse within the household and other early-onset traumatic experiences. Gen also worked as a Behavioral Therapist for Autistic youth for early intervention programs, where she taught patients skills to help them achieve developmental milestones. Gen currently does free-lance writing for a psycho-neuroscience-based website and will be started a MA program at CUNY Hunter in the Fall of 2019.
Email Jackie joined the lab in the fall of 2015. She was a dual major in Psychology and Communication Disorders, as well as a minor in Deaf Studies. Her interests are in general evolutionary psychology.
Email Victoria joined the lab in the fall of 2015. She was 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) investigated 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
Email Daniel graduated in 2009 from SUNY New Paltz, with a major in psychology and minors in sociology and evolutionary studies. He then completed a PhD at New Mexico State University in the social psychology program. He is interested in social status, morality, positive psychology, and mating. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
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 Membership Officer of the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), project leader on PsychTable.org, and secretary of the Applied Evolutionary Psychology Society.
Email Website Morgan graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 2008, with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting! After spending 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 and joined the lab in the Fall of 2012. Her Master’s thesis involved examining how various measures of emotional intelligence correlated with musical ability. She obtained her MA in Psychology in December of 2014 and taught a variety of courses at SUNY New Paltz as an adjunct. Morgan is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at DePaul University in Chicago.
Email Alec joined the lab in the Fall of 2017. He is a Psychology major with minors in Evolutionary Studies and Music performance. He is also currently conducting research in the Development in Language Lab on campus. His research interests include evolved mating psychology and the evolution of the brain. Alec is currently attending a Ph.D. program at Syracuse University!
Email Lukas joined the lab in Fall 2011 as a Senior. He was an Industrial-Organizational Psychology major and a member of Psi Chi. His research interests include U.S. body hair culture, the female orgasm, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, the overmedicalization of sex, addictive personalities, and cardiac psychology. He co-authored an article through the lab that was on 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. She is completing a PhD in Biological Anthropology at the University of Alabama.
Email Raina joined the lab in spring 2013 as an undergraduate assistant. She majored in Psychology with a minor in Disaster Studies. Her research interests include evolutionary psychology, clinical psychology, and the psychology of women. She is currently in a PhD program in Counseling Psychology at Auburn University.
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, a Teaching Assistant for Evolutionary Psychology, and he served as the Assistant of the Evolutionary Studies Program. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Evolutionary Psychology at Oakland University.
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.
Website Email Laura joined the lab in 2007 as a junior in high school. She majored in both Psychology and Theatre Arts with a concentration in Costume Design and she was 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. Laura is currently a PhD student in Biological Anthropology at Binghamton University.
Email Sethu Karthikeyan is Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Pace University. She is interested in exploring the development and use of spoken language from an evolutionary perspective. She has also developed an interest in examining ethnographic reports through an evolutionary lens.
Email Abbey started Lab during the Fall 2009 semester as a Junior. She majored in psychology with a minor in Evolutionary Studies and she served as the assistant to the Evolutionary Studies program. Abbey conducted research in applying evolutionary theories to the current sex and health education curriculum in high school settings.
Email Elizabeth joined the lab in the fall of 2014 as an undergraduate assistant. She majored in Psychology with a minor in Evolutionary Studies at SUNY New Paltz.
Email Katrina joined the lab in the fall of 2015. As a senior in her undergraduate studies, she has double majored in psychology and evolutionary studies. Her research interests fall within the evolutionary theory behind human relationships.
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 includes social and evolutionary perspectives in psychology, with a concentration in personalities and deviance in society.
Class of 2007, M.A. 2010
Email Heather 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.
Email Maureen was an undergraduate student at SUNY New Paltz. She was a Psychology major with minors in English and German studies, and she recently added Evolutionary Studies as a third minor. During her senior 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…and the rest is history! She is particularly interested in the evolutionary bases of dating and monogamy, as well as the bonds in a close friendship.
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.
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.
Email Kelsey joined the lab in the fall of 2016 as an undergraduate assistant. She’s majored in Psychology and minored in Evolutionary Studies and Anthropology. Her research interests include evolutionary psychology, social psychology, and forensic psychology.
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. She is now in a PhD program in social psychology at Loyola University in Chicago.
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. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior PhD Program at Binghamton University, working in Dr. David Sloan Wilson’s laboratory. His research examines human behavior and cooperation from a cultural evolutionary perspective, with a focus on studying the core design principles for the efficacy of groups in businesses.
Julie A. Planke
Email Website Julie joined the lab in the Fall of 2016 as a first year MA Psychology student. After completing her BA and MA at SUNY New Paltz, she now serves as a visiting researcher in the lab and lab co-supervisor since 2018. Julie also works as a Manager of Information Systems analyst for a local non-profit organization and as an adjunct lecturer at New Paltz. She has conducted previous 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 Nate joined the lab in the summer of 2014 after completing an EvoS seminar class. He majored in psychology at SUNY New Paltz and his interests include nature connection, primatology, and mental health psychology.
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.
Brianne Rawlins Email Brianne joined the lab in the fall of 2015 as an undergraduate student. She majored in psychobiology. Her interests include evolutionary psychology in general, physiological psychology, and social psychology.
Website Email Vania has been on the run ever since she left her small city in Bolivia. She first completed her B.A. at SUNY Plattsburgh, followed by her M.A. at SUNY New Paltz. She is currently completing her PhD in Culture and Evolution at Brunel University London under a studentship with David Schmitt. Vania’s interests include mating strategies, sex differences, the suppression of female sexuality by both sexes, and heterodoxy in academia. She hopes to one day become a professor and pass down her enthusiasm for evolutionary psychology and psychological statistics down to her students, the way her mentors did with her.
Email Miriana joined the lab in spring of 2019. She is majoring in psychology. Her research interests include child development, specifically attachment theory, and play and education through an evolutionary lens.
Email Aliza joined the lab in the Spring of 2020 for her last year at SUNY New Paltz. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Evolutionary Studies. Her research interests include child and adolescent development, educational psychology, evolutionary mismatch, and looking at interpersonal behaviors from an evolutionary perspective.
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. He is now a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford.
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. Nicole completed the MA program in Psychology at SUNY New Paltz and served as the assistant to the Evolutionary Studies program and the EP at NP lab supervisor.
Email Jeremy Weintraub is a graduate student at SUNY New Paltz. Jeremy received his B.A. from Stony Brook University, majoring in Political Science. His research interests include evolutionary approaches to Political Science, altruism, mating, and morality.
Aron G. Wiegand
Email Aron earned his BA in Psychology with a biology minor from the American University 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 includes biopsychology, behavioral neuroscience, and evolutionary studies with primary focuses on the origins of communication, higher-order/symbolic thinking, and memory.
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 a 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.