van Anders lab

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

Principal Investigator, Lab Director

Graduate Students
Sara Chadwick, Ph.D. Student, 2014 - present.
I am in my second year of the Joint 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 am constantly trying to expand my knowledge of poetry and art through reading and personal creations.
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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.
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Zach Schudson, Ph.D. Student, 2014 - present.
I am a first-year Psychology & Women's Studies graduate student. I graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, CA with a major in Neuroscience and minor in Gender & Women's Studies. At Pomona, I studied how gender, sexual, and cultural diversity interact with cognition and emotion. I am thrilled to be working in the van Anders Lab, where I am studying the interplay of hormones and intimacy with special attention to LGBTQ identities. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing videogames, and writing queer parodies of pop songs.
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Lab Coordinator
Madison Miller, Lab Coordinator, 2015 - present; Volunteer, 2014 - 2015.
I am a senior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience and minoring in Gender and Health. I am fortunate to participate in interdisciplinary research that marries my interests in human sexuality and feminist thought, and is conscientious of intersectionality. In the future, I hope to be a physician and practice medicine with a mindful feminist perspective. Outside of the lab, I enjoy exploring Ann Arbor's food scene, spending time with family and friends, and trying new ice cream flavors.
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Research Assistants
Emily Dibble, Research Assistant, 2014 - present. Volunteer, 2013 - 2014.
I am a senior dual degree student pursuing two bachelors degrees, one in Art & Design and one in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience. I am passionate about feminist science and human sexuality research and am excited to be part of the van Anders Lab where I can pursue these interests. On campus I am also involved with LGBTQ advocacy, peer sex education, and sexual violence prevention. Outside of science, art, and advocacy, I also enjoy reading, being outside, and clothes with bright colors.
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Milo Ghering, Volunteer, 2015 - present.
I am a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in LGBTQ Studies. My career goals include counseling LGBT+ youth, especially trans and gender non-conforming teens, and researching issues and circumstances that affect the trans community through both clinical psychology and feminist lenses. I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to volunteer in the van Anders Lab this year! Outside of classes and the lab, I co-chair TransForm and work in Markleys dining hall. I can often be found reading, singing along to musicals and country music, playing videogames, or spending time with family and friends.
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Elisabeth Silver, Volunteer, 2015 - present.
I am a sophomore 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.
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Emily Spence, Volunteer, 2015 - present.
I am a sophomore 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.
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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 @
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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
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 - 2015.