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
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
Diana Schellenberg, Visiting Ph.D. Student, 2017 - present.
I am a visiting researcher from Berlin, where I received my diploma (M.A.) in Psychology from Freie Universitaet, and where I am currently a doctoral candidate at Technische Universitaet. My general research interests concern the role of scientific practices in the maintenance of social power structures (privilege, classism, racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination). In my doctoral thesis, I explore researchers' and participants' perspectives on the definition and assessment of sex/gender in scientific studies and investigate possible alternatives to the default division of study participants into exclusive groups like "females" and "males". At the van Anders Lab, I am excited to put my work in a biopsychological context and learn more about queer*feminist* approaches to investigating biopsychological aspects of gender/sex, sexualities and other social categories and constructs. In- and outside of academia, I support efforts that relate to anti-fascist and anti-racist work, LGBTQIAP* advocacy, refugee rights, and social justice in general.
schelled @ 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
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
Jose Estrada, Visiting Volunteer Student, 2017.
I graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2017 and received a B.A. in Psychology. I will apply to PhD programs in the near future and hope to investigate the significance of cultural variables in moderating the interaction between social and biological factors. As such, I have been hoping to immerse myself in research that requires an interdisciplinary approach in the investigation of a range of social factors such as gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, sexuality, community organization, and identity construction. I am very grateful to be joining the van Anders lab and excited to learn about social neuroendocrinology. I spend most of my free time lounging with my dog, Jasper. We mostly enjoy wrestling or any type of rough and tumble play, and long naps.
fredojae @ 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
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.
hcnorris @ 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
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.