van Anders lab

social neuroendocrinology | feminist science | sexuality | gender/sex | sexual diversity


Principal Investigator, Lab Director


Graduate Students
Will Beischel, Ph.D. Student, 2016 - present.
I am a first-year graduate student in the Personality and Social Contexts program. I received my B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago with minors in Biology and Neuroscience. In the van Anders lab I am studying sexual identity from a biopsychosocial perspective, with particular attention to sexual minorities. I also plan to investigate gendered behavior and identity. Outside of academia, I'm a huge theater geek and love attending live performances of all kinds. wbeisch @ umich.edu
Sara Chadwick, Ph.D. Student, 2014 - present.
I am in my third year of the Joint PhD Program in Psychology and Women's Studies. I received my B.A. in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan in 2011 and am thrilled to continue working in the van Anders laboratory as a graduate student! I'm currently working on projects examining multifaceted sexual desire, women's experiences with erotica, and gendered constructions of orgasm. Outside of the lab, I enjoy reading, poetry, crafting, and art. sbchadw @ umich.edu
Alexandra Hall-Ruiz, Visiting Ph.D. Student, 2014 - present.
I am a fourth year Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience graduate student. I received my B.A. in Psychology with honors from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. My primary research is focused on cognitive control deficits in adult ADHD. In the van Anders lab, I am interested in investigating the cognitive factors underlying people's tendency and ability to take the perspective of actors in erotic films. Outside of research, I love to cook (and eat!) and spend time with my two dogs.
hallruiz @ umich.edu
Val Kutchko, Ph.D. Student, 2016 - present.
I am a first year graduate student of the joint program in Psychology & Women's Studies. I completed my undergraduate at the University of Kansas with a double major in Human Sexuality and Psychology. My past research examined students' perceptions of and experiences witnessing sexually coercive situations. I'm excited to work in the van Anders lab, shifting gears to studying the interaction of hormones and intimacy, and to exploring topics such as intimate partner communication, sexual arousal, non-monogamy, and sexual scripts. Outside of the lab, you can find me swing dancing, cooking, and hosting game nights. vkutchko @ umich.edu
Zach Schudson, Ph.D. Student, 2014 - present.
I am a third year Psychology & Women's Studies graduate student. I graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, CA with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Gender & Women's Studies. My research in the van Anders lab focuses on gender/sex and sexual diversity, feminist and queer research methodologies, and the interplay of hormones, gender/sex, and social context. In my free time, I enjoy vegetarian cooking, playing videogames, and writing queer parodies of pop songs.
schudson @ umich.edu
Research Intern
Jessica Raisanen, Visiting M.S.P.H. Candidate, 2016-present.
I am a second year graduate student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health with a focus in sexual and reproductive health. I received my B.S. from the University of Michigan in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) and Women's Studies in 2015. In undergrad, I was fortunate to work in the van Anders lab and am excited to be able to return to complete my graduate field placement. My primary research project is surrounding how sexual activity influences vaginal immune factors. My previous research projects have involved sexual desire, testosterone, and stress, women's erotica use, and sexual satisfaction and outness during sexual debut in Black men who have sex with men. In my free time, I enjoy watching Netflix with my partner, exploring national parks, and reading articles online about social justice.
raisanej @ umich.edu
Lab Coordinator
Emily Dibble, Lab Coordinator, 2016 - present; Research Assistant, 2014-2016, Volunteer, 2013 - 2014.
I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 where I received a B.A. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and a second B.A. in Art & Design and am currently applying to PhD programs to pursue my research interests in gender, sexuality, and researcher-community connections from a feminist perspective. I am grateful to be able to be involved in feminist science practice in the van Anders Lab, where I am currently making sure our samples don't melt, as well as studying the measurement of diverse sexualities and gender/sexes, and associations between testosterone and relationship status in men. I am passionate about LGBTQ and disability self-advocacy, sex education, and sexual violence prevention and enjoy reading, art-making, and bright colors.
emdibble @ umich.edu
Volunteers
Emma Abed, Volunteer, 2016 - present.
I am a junior undergraduate majoring in Psychology with minors in both LGBTQ Studies and Law, Justice, and Social Change. I volunteer at the Spectrum Center and am involved with mental health advocacy groups on campus. I'm excited to join the van Anders lab because of its multifaceted approach to understanding human sexuality as well as its emphasis on feminist science; I look forward to pursuing related research interests in my academic future. In my spare time, I can be found making crepes, eating Indian dinner buffet, or attempting to play the bass guitar.
emmaabed @ umich.edu
Miriam Francisco, Volunteer/UROP Student, 2016 - present.
I am a freshman, and I plan majoring in Sociology and double minoring in Psychology and LGBTQ Studies. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work in the van Anders lab, as it combines my passion for feminism with my interest in both scientific and social understandings of gender. In my free time, I love reading, backpacking, and drinking tea!
mfranc @ umich.edu
Olivia Gunther, Volunteer, 2016 - present.
I am a sophomore double majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience and Gender & Health. I'm excited to be part of a research team that combines my social and biological interests while being mindful about intersectionality with a feminist lens. In the future, I hope to go to grad school and pursue healthcare management, a field in which a true feminist perspective can bring about a lot of change. Outside of the lab, I am also a part of a campus organization called Sexperteam, where we focus a lot on sexual health education and outreach, and I work at the South Quad dining hall. In my free time, I love to color, read, watch cool movies/documentaries, hike, and have a great time with my friends and family!
ogunther @ umich.edu
Brooke Pierce, Volunteer/UROP Student, 2016 - present.
I am a freshman undergraduate, hoping to major in the biosciences. I plan on minoring in Gender and Health. I am excited for the opportunity to participate in the van Anders lab to study science through a feminist perspective! In my free time, I am one of the goalies for Michigan's women's ice hockey team.
bepierce @ umich.edu
Elisabeth Silver, Volunteer, 2015 - present.
I am a junior undergraduate studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) and Spanish. I am interested in how social conceptualizations of gender and sexuality affect the mind. The interdisciplinary approach that is central to the van Anders Lab allows for examining how intimacy functions on so many different levels. Being in this lab gives me a chance to merge my passion for social equality and doing research by studying science through a feminist perspective. In the future, I hope to go to graduate school and continue doing research so that we can use science to make our world a better place. In my free time, I box with the Michigan Boxing Competitive Team and crochet blankets for my friends and family.
esilv @ umich.edu
Emily Spence, Volunteer, 2015 - present.
I am a junior undergraduate double majoring in Psychology and Women's Studies. I am excited to be a part of the van Anders lab to be able take my passion for feminism and use it in a scientific setting. In my free time, I like to watch Netflix, hike, read, and eat cookies.
ekspence @ umich.edu
Julie Thompson, Volunteer, 2015 - present.
I am a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University, where I am finishing up my prerequisite courses and will be pursuing a graduate degree in experimental psychology next year. My academic interest is the intersection of human sexuality and technology. I am interested in exploring sexual desire and how we utilize technology to excite, facilitate, and satiate lust. I am eager to discover how we are migrating sexual interactions and behaviors into digital spaces and how these adaptions influence sexuality. Additionally, I'm interested in how desire manifests differently across technologies (current and developing) including: human dynamics, responsive environments, robotics, and social computing/machines (just to name a few). When I am not studying, I am adventuring with my two young daughters (Violet and Lilah), learning how to play the guitar, traveling when I can, and blogging about sex @ http://www.mysexualrevolution.com
danae @ umich.edu
sari van anders, ph.d.
associate professor,
departments of psychology & women's studies
program in neuroscience
program in reproductive sciences
program in science, technology, and society
biosocial methods collaborative
smva@umich.edu
ph: 1-734-647-6981
fax: 1-734-763-7480
530 church street
ann arbor, michigan, 48109, usa
university of michigan
copyright, Sari M. van Anders, 2008-2016.