We study associations between hormones and intimacy in humans.
We focus on three types of intimacy: sexuality, pairbonding/partnering, and nurturance.
We are especially interested in social modulation of hormones; i.e., how intimate behaviors and contexts
alter human endocrinology, and the implications of intimacy-hormone links for health and evolutionary processes.
We study immune parameters to tap physiological health parameters, and are mainly focused on testosterone.
Some of the unique features of our lab include our:
*multilevel approach to human intimacy from hormones to social behavior to culture;
*focus on sexual and other diversity at all levels of research;
*incorporation of different types of intimacy;
*interdisciplinary collaborations with, e.g., social workers, medical practitioners, immunologists, theatre directors, nurse/midwives, and psychological scientists from social, clinical, and developmental areas;
*inclusion of both women and men and attention to gender diversity;
*focus on feminist and inclusive science practice;
*and interest in understanding intimacy within a comparative and evolutionary framework.
See below for info on past, current, and upcoming projects from one of four topic areas (Sexuality; Partnering/Pair Bonding/Relationships; Nurturance; Gender & Academia/Feminist Science Practice)!
We study bidirectional associations between sexual parameters and hormones and are especially interested
in sexual modulation of testosterone. We are trying to figure out what aspects of sexuality are linked to androgens
and how these associations are influenced by social context. We are also interested in related non-hormonal questions
about sexuality and social context.
We have a new large 5-yr project funded by the NIH (NIAID) (1R01AI094563-01) to examine "sexual modulation of HIV-relevant vaginal immunity." co-investigators on this project are Drs. David Aronoff, Dennis Fortenberry, and Steven King.
We study bidirectional associations between partnering and steroid hormones, and are especially interested in what
social factors mediate differences in testosterone by partnering status, how gender/sex moderates these patterns
and the evolutionary implications of these patterns. We try to focus on diverse aspects of partnering, from
long distance relationships to casual relationships to polyamory and to monoamory (and beyond!).
We have a project funded by the American Institute of Bisexuality, Inc. to examine "Multigender partnering and polyamory: Dynamic implications for bisexuality and hormones."
We also have a project funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research on "Influences of cuddling and attachment on neuroendocrine and psychological outcomes" with Dr. Robin Edelstein.
We study bidirectional associations between nurturanceand steroid hormones, and are especially interested in how interactions with infants influence adult hormones.
We are interested in systemic factors that influence gendered representations in science, and issues around lab practice and mentoring.
sari van anders, ph.d.
departments of psychology & women's studies
program in neuroscience
program in reproductive sciences
program in science, technology, and society
530 church street
ann arbor, michigan, 48109, usa
copyright, Sari M. van Anders, 2008...2012.