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 first year of the Joint Doctoral 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 return to the van Anders laboratory as a graduate student. I am interested in studying how sexual scripts influence perceptions of pleasure as well as how stigmatization influences expressions of sexuality. 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'm 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
Gayatri Jainagaraj, Lab Coordinator, 2014-present, Honors Student, 2013-2014, Research Assistant, 2012-2013, Volunteer, 2012.
I am a recent graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies. I completed my honors thesis this past year, exploring the relationship between infant interactions, testosterone, and aggression in order to better understand infant child abuse. I am taking a gap year to delve deeper into research through my position here and mentor first and second year students as an Academic Success Partner through the Leaders and Best Program. I am also currently applying to medical schools and hope to eventually have a career as a practicing physician who also researches the social and cultural aspects of medicine and health. In my free time, I love practicing Ashtanga Yoga, cooking, scrapbooking, crocheting, and Netflix.
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Research Assistants
Emily Dibble, Research Assistant, 2014 - present. Volunteer, 2013 - 2014.
I am junior dual degree student majoring in both Art & Design and Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience. I am excited to be a part of the van Anders lab to explore feminist science, study human sexuality, and learn about science in social context. I also enjoy reading, painting walking and clothes with bright colors.
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Melissa Manley, Research Assistant, 2013 - present. Volunteer, 2012 - 2013.
I recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and minors in LGBTQ & Sexuality Studies and Community Action and Social Change. In the past year, I completed my honors thesis on the sexual trajectories of polyamorous and monoamorous individuals. I am passionate about studying gender and sexuality and doing feminist science, and I plan to pursue a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. Outside of the lab, I enjoy novels, poetry and bubble tea.
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Taylor Moberg, Research Assistant, 2014 - present, Volunteer, 2013 - 2014.
I am a senior studying Women's Studies and Neuroscience. After graduation I intend to further my education in medical school with future dreams of specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, where I can apply feminist practice to the medical field. Being a part of the lab allows me to pursue my interest in sexuality and gender roles within a social context, something that has fascinated me since taking my first Women's Studies course. For now, I focus my passion and attention to the van Anders lab, UAID (a campus organization I am president of), being outdoors, and my plethora of pets.
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Emily Hogan, Volunteer/UROP Student (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program), 2014 - present.
I am a first-year student in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. My major is currently undecided, but I am looking toward pursuing a degree in Communications, Psychology, or Women's Studies. I have always had a fascination with human behavior and the reasons behind why we act, think, or speak in certain ways. In addition, I am an advocate of feminism and empowering women, which I share with others through my involvement with the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center and the Lean-In Leaders club for women's professional development on campus. I am beyond excited to be assisting in the van Anders lab this semester to explore my interests, and learn about the inner workings of scientific research through a feminist lens. Outside of my academic and extra-curricular endeavors I love to cook, sleep, wear fuzzy socks, read Food Network Magazine, and play basketball.
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Madison Miller, Volunteer, 2014 - present.
I am a junior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and minoring in Gender and Health. I am incredibly excited to work in an environment that allows me to marry my interests in gender and sexuality and scientific ingenuity. In the future, I hope to be a physician and practice medicine, with a mindful feminist perspective. Warm cookies, puppies and spending time with friends and family always brighten my day.
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Jessica Raisanen, Volunteer, 2014 - present.
I am a senior undergraduate student who is double majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience (BCN) and Women's Studies. I am interested in sexuality and sexual and reproductive health psychology. I enjoy learning about the impact that sexuality has on the individual at a hormonal level and I love the balance the van Anders Lab has between feminism and science. I am passionate about an interdisciplinary approach to research and believe that in order to best understand how things work, biological, sociological, psychological, anthropological, and many other perspectives are essential. While I am unsure of my future paths, I feel confident that I will choose to work with individuals who identify in the LGBTQ spectrum or adolescents who are beginning to reach the indentify formation stage of their lives. In my free time, I am involved in a sorority, SAPAC, Sexperteam, and the Spectrum Center Advocacy Board. I also love to rock-climb at Planet Rock, write poetry, play the guitar, watch Netflix, go hiking/camping, and play catch in the park near my apartment.
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Peiyu Yu, Volunteer, UROP Student (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program), 2014 - present.
My name is Peiyu Yu (pronounce as “pay-you-you”) and I am a first-year transfer student majoring in political science. I am really excited to volunteer in the van Anders lab because of its interdisciplinary feature. Also, I have always been fascinated by psychology and want to learn more about this field of study. In my free time, I like traveling, backpacking and practicing longboarding. I am also a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes! I love both the original work and its various derivative works.
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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.