van Anders lab

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

Principal Investigator, Lab Director
Bio (feel free to use/copy): Dr. Sari van Anders is Associate Professor of Psychology, Women's Studies, and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. Dr. van Anders' research sets out new ways to conceptualize, understand, and measure gender/sex, sexual diversity, and sexuality, and provides unique tools and theories for doing so, especially within feminist bioscience and social neuroendocrinology. Dr. van Anders' scholarship has been recognized with awards such as the 2016 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology and the 2012 Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award from the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. In addition, Dr. van Anders has been awarded the 2013 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, the 2014 Frank A. Beach Young Investigator Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, and has been named a 'Scientist to Watch' by The Scientist. Dr. van Anders is Editor of the Annual Review of Sex Research, and Associate Editor of Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity as well as Sexual and Relationship Therapy. Dr. van Anders works on mentorship, leadership, and institutional transformation, which has been recognized by the 2016 Committee on Women in Psychology Leadership Award from APA.

Graduate Students
Will Beischel, Ph.D. Student, 2016 - present.
I am a second-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 and gender identity from a biopsychosocial perspective, with particular attention to sexual and gender minorities. I also plan to investigate gendered behavior in relation to hormones and identity. Outside of academia, I'm a huge theater geek and love attending live performances of all kinds.
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Sara Chadwick, Ph.D. Student, 2014 - present.
I am in my fourth year of the Joint PhD Program in Psychology and Women's Studies. I have an M.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive science from the University of Michigan.My research is primarily focused on how gendered expectations influence people's sexual behaviors and experiences, specifically related to orgasm and sexual desire. I am also interested in assessing women's agency as a vital determinant of women's sexual experiences. Outside of the lab, I enjoy reading, poetry, crafting, and art.
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Aki Gormezano, Ph.D. Student, 2017 - present.
I am a second-year graduate student in the Personality and Social Contexts program. I received my B.A. in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College. In the van Anders lab I am studying pornography use and how it relates to other sexual phenomena. When I'm not doing research, I enjoy soccer, swimming, and (the fruits of my labor from) canning.
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Val Kutchko, Ph.D. Student, 2016 - present.
I am a second 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. There, my research examined students' perceptions of and experiences witnessing sexually coercive situations. At the van Anders lab, I've shifted gears to studying sexual fantasy, and hope to explore additional topics such as the interaction of hormones and intimacy, partner communication, non-monogamy, and sexual arousal. Outside of the lab, you can find me dancing Lindy Hop, cooking, and hosting game nights.
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Zach Schudson, Ph.D. Student, 2014 - present.
I am a PhD candidate in Psychology & Women's Studies, currently in my fourth year. I graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, CA with a B.A. in Neuroscience and a minor in Gender & Women's Studies. My research in the van Anders lab focuses on gender/sex and sexual diversity and feminist/queer research methodologies. My dissertation focuses on diverse ways of understanding and defining gender/sex and its categories. In my free time, I enjoy vegetarian cooking, playing videogames, and writing queer parodies of pop songs.
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Lab Coordinator
Emily Spence, Lab Coordinator, 2017 - present; Volunteer, 2015-2017.
I'm a senior majoring in BCN and Women's Studies. I love working with all of the brilliant people in the van Anders lab, and especially love how my experience in the lab has complemented my majors and constantly pushed me to expand my feminism and understandings of feminist science. I hope to eventually put these skills to good use and pursue further schooling and a career in social work. When I'm not in the lab or doing homework, I'm usually watching TV/movies with my friends, cooking, or softly gasping at every dog I see.
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Volunteers and Research Assistants
Emma Abed, Honors Thesis Student, 2017-2018. Volunteer, 2016 - 2017.
I am a senior undergraduate studying Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Law, Justice, and Social Change. I love being a part of the van Anders lab because of its multifaceted and critical approach to understanding gender/sex and 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 various instruments strewn about my room.
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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!
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Olivia Gunther, Volunteer, 2016 - present.
I am a junior studying Gender & Health and minoring in Political Science. I'm super interested in the combination of our work here in the lab (and in Gender & Health) as it does and does not inform public policy. In the future, I hope to get involved in public office, nonprofit management, or lobbying on behalf of feminist science interests - and grad school after I work for a while! Outside of lab, I am in Sexperteam, facilitate Relationship Remix, and I'm also a member of a professional pre-law fraternity called Phi Alpha Delta. In my free time, I love to read, drink coffee, cook, watch some episodes on Netflix, and spend quality time with my friends and family!
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Elizabeth Le, Volunteer Student, 2017 - present.
I am a sophomore, pre-med student planning to major in neuroscience and minor in philosophy. I care about social equity! In fact, what first got me interested in the van Anders Lab was the attention to intersectionality, and I believe that my experience here will further prepare me to address disparities in health care in the future. During the summer, I work as a Math Course Assistant for the Bridge Program, which helps incoming freshmen from underrepresented backgrounds transition into U of M. My other interests include slam poetry, fashion, and espresso drinks!
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Alicia Mazurek, Volunteer Student, 2017 - present.
I am in my final year of undergrad studying Biopsychology Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) and Spanish. Through my four years of involvement in University Housing, I developed a passion for social justice and feminism, and so I began my search for a lab that could combine my interests in that sphere with my interests in scientific research. I believe I found that here. I am so excited to contribute to, learn, and grow in this lab. I hope to use my experiences here to continue research in grad school and later (hopefully) a career. Along with my job in University Housing, I also spent four years as a member of the Michigan Quidditch Team and an avid spectator of our university's theatre and musical performances.
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Hope Norris, Volunteer Student, 2017 - present.
I am a sophomore double majoring in Neuroscience and Gender and Health. I'm excited to be a part of the van Anders lab because it will allow me to explore my interests in science and hormones with a feminist perspective. I am particularly interested in the study of sexuality in relation to overall health. Besides volunteering in the lab, I am a Peer Mentor for the Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program (WISE RP), and I am also a part of the University of Michigan Health Services Volunteer Services. In my free time I like to read, go skiing in the winter, and watch Netflix.
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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.
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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, 2008-2018.