van Anders

social neuroendocrinology lab


Principal Investigator, Lab Director
Sari M. van Anders, Ph.D.      (vita)
Assistant Professor, Psychology & Women's Studies
Faculty Member, Neuroscience Program, Reproductive Sciences Program, Science, Technology, & Society Program,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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Hormones and Intimacy in Social Context. My research program is focused on social neuroendocrinology, intimacy (sexuality, partnering/pair bonding, nurturance), evolution, health, gender/sex & sexual diversity, as well as inclusive research & feminist science practice.
Graduate Student
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, Iím interested in investigating the cognitive factors underlying peopleís 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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Lab Coordinator
Shannon Burke, Lab Coordinator, 2013 - present; Honors Student, 2012-2013; Volunteer, 2012 - 2013.
I am a recent graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and a minor in Gender and Health. I completed my honors thesis this past year, exploring the relationship between sexual desire and hormones in women. I am currently taking a gap year to gain valuable research experience and hope to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology. In addition to my academic interests, I enjoy playing piano, traveling, and playing with my dogs.
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Research Assistants
Rebecca Grossman, Research Assistant, 2013 - present; Volunteer, 2012 - 2013.
Rebecca Grossman, Volunteer, 2012 - present. I am a Senior persuing a concentration in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and a minor in Gender and Health. I am excited to work in the lab on projects that integrate a Women's Studies perspective into research. After graduation, I hope to attend graduate school in the feild of psychology. Outside of school, I enjoy playing guitar, cooking, and reading.
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Gayatri Jainagaraj, Work/Study Research Assistant, 2012 - present; Volunteer, 2012.
I am a freshman in the LSA honors college. I plan on majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in LGBTQ and sexuality studies. I am excited to be a part of this lab because it will be a perfect way to further my knowledge in my two interests of study. I am also fascinated by the effects of biology on behavior. In the future, I plan to attend Medical School and become a pediatrician.
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Melissa Manley, Research Assistant, 2013 - present. Volunteer, 2012 - 2013.
I am a senior studying Psychology with minors in CASC (Community Action and Social Change) and LGBTQ & Sexuality studies. My research interests include gender, sexuality, and integrating feminism and psychology. This year I am working on an honors thesis exploring the connections between sexual identity and romantic/sexual partnering, as well as applying to clinical psychology programs for next fall. Outside of the lab, I enjoy novels, poetry, and bubble tea.
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Haben Debessai, Volunteer, 2013 - present.
I am a senior undergraduate student in LSA, majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience with a minor in Gender and Health. I am a Pre-Health student, interested in both Public Health and Medicine and plan on pursuing both those fields in the future after completing my Bachelor of Science at UofM (looking forward to many years of schooling). In addition to my academics, I am involved in student organizations such as MOCS (Multi-Disciplinary Organization of Cerebral Studies), GlobeMed, and the University of Michigan Women's Glee Club. I also work at the Alumni Association's weekly Welcome Wednesdays! I enjoy, running, reading, and eating frozen yogurt at Amer's in my fleeting spare time!
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Emily Dibble, Volunteer, 2013 - present.
I am a sophomore dual degree student majoring in both Art & Design and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. I am excited to be a part of this lab to explore feminist science, study human sexuality, and learn about biology in a social context. In my free time I enjoy reading, painting, walking, making food with friends, and almost anything with bright colors.
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Joseph Godlew, Volunteer, 2013 - present.
I am a junior undergraduate student majoring in both Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and Political Science with a minor in German Language. Being involved in the lab is a terrific opportunity to integrate my scholastic and personal interests through research. Post-graduation, I plan to pursue a Master's degree at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Nice weather, friendly dogs, and a good cup of tea always brighten up my extracurricular life.
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Karin Lavie, Volunteer, 2013 - present.
I am a senior studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with minors in Gender and Health and a Near East concentration in Hebrew. I am excited to integrate my studies and join the movement of exploring human sexuality from a feminist perspective. After graduation, I plan on going to medical school and possibly pursuing gynecology. But for now, I am actively involved in Michigan Marrow Match, which tries to promote the bone marrow registry, my dance group, and eating chocolate.
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Taylor Moberg, Volunteer, 2013 - present.
I am a junior at the University of Michigan and I am majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Gender and Health. I intend on going to Medical School after graduating with a Bachelors of Science. I plan on studying and specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Being a part of this lab will explore my interests on how hormones affect gender and sexuality, a topic I have recently become increasingly interested in. I also have an infinite amount of love for animals. I currently have a chinchilla (Kim), two leopard geckos (Butters and General Grievous) and a ferret (Elton John).
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sari van anders, ph.d.
assistant professor,
departments of psychology & women's studies
program in neuroscience
program in reproductive sciences
program in science, technology, and society
ph: 1-734-647-6981
fax: 1-734-763-7480
530 church street
ann arbor, michigan, 48109, usa
copyright, Sari M. van Anders, 2008 - 2013.