Oakland University     |     Department of Psychology

Current Graduate Students | Graduate Student Theses Chaired To Completion

Co-Directors  
Todd K. Shackelford, Ph.D.  
Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford, Ph.D.  
 
Current Graduate Students
Doctoral Students  
Nicole Barbaro Nicole is a Ph.D. student in Evolutionary Psychology. Her interests are in human sexual psychology and behavior, including application of life history theory and sperm competition theory.
Andrew M. Holub Andrew is a Ph.D. student in Evolutionary Psychology. His interests are in human sexual psychology and behavior, especially sperm competition and sexual coercion.
Austin John Jeffery Austin is a Ph.D. student in Evolutionary Psychology. His interests are in human sexual psychology and behavior, especially sperm competition.
James R. Liddle James is Ph.D. student in Evolutionary Psychology. His interests are in the origin of superstitious and religious beliefs (Florida Atlantic University, co-advised with David Bjorklund)
Guilherme S. Lopes Guilherme is a Ph.D. student in Evolutionary Psychology. His interests are in human sexual psychology and behavior.
Masters Students  
Alyse Ehrke Alyse is a M.S. student in Evolutionary Psychology. Her interests are in human sexual psychology and behavior.
Anna Hummel Anna is a M.S. student in Evolutionary Psychology. Her interests are in human sexual psychology and behavior.
Kayla Lyle Kayla is a M.S. student in Evolutionary Psychology. Her interests are in human sexual aggression.
Zeve Marcus Zeve is a M.S. student in Evolutionary Psychology. His interests are human evolved psychology.
Derek Mohamedally Derek is a M.S. student in Evolutionary Psychology. His interests are in human sexual psychology and behavior.
Giovanni Randazzo Gio is a M.S. student in Evolutionary Psychology. His interests are in human sexual psychology and behavior.
Nicole Regan Nicole is a M.S. student in Evolutionary Psychology.
Adam Tratner Adam is a M.S. student in Evolutionary Psychology. His interests are in evolutionary and biological perspectives on human sexual psychology and behavior and in religious beliefs and behavior.
   
Graduate Student Theses Chaired To Completion
Doctoral Dissertations
Lucas D. Schipper (2016) Hey God, It’s Me: Development and Initial Validation of the Personal Prayer Content Scale (Co-Chair, Robin R. Vallacher, Psychology, Florida Atlantic University).

Yael Sela (2016)

Stay with me: Women’s mate retention psychology

Michael N. Pham (2016)

The evolutionary psychology of oral sex. Dr. Pham is now Director of the California Community Colleges CTE Employment Outcomes Survey.

Gregory Gorelik (2015)

The effect of competition on men’s sexual psychology and attitudes towards rape (Co-Chair, David F. Bjorklund, Psychology, Florida Atlantic University). Dr. Gorelik is currently a Lecturer in Psychology at Southwestern University in Austin, Texas.

Farnaz Kaighobadi (2011)

Evolutionary psychological perspectives on individual differences in men's partner-directed violence in the context of perceived partner infidelity. Dr. Kaighobadi was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the HIV Center for Clinical & Behavioral Studies, Columbia University, New York and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Bard College, New York.

William F. McKibbin (2010)

Women’s rape avoidance: An evolutionary psychological perspective. Dr. McKibbin is current Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan, Flint.

Valerie G. Starratt (2008)

Risk of female infidelity and male sexual coercion in intimate relationships: An evolutionary psychological perspective. Dr. Starratt is currently Associate Professor of Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Alastair P. C. Davies (2008)

Sex wars: Evolved psychological sex differences and sexual conflict in the contexts of infidelity, persuasion, and hip-hop song lyrics. Dr. Davies is currently Lecturer (UK tenure-track equivalent to Assistant Professor) in Psychology, Regent’s College, London.

Aaron T. Goetz (2007)

Sexual coercion in intimate relationships: An evolutionary perspective informed by sperm competition theory. Dr. Goetz is currently Associate Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton.

Richard L. Michalski (2005)

An evolutionary psychological approach to the study of sibling influences. Dr. Michalski is currently Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology, Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia.

Mandy E. Miller (2004)

The Cinderella effect: The psychological bases and mental dynamics of step-parental ambivalence (Co-Chair, Robin R. Vallacher, Psychology, Florida Atlantic University). Dr. Miller is currently Attorney at Law in Hollywood, Florida.

Masters Theses

Stacy Memering (2017)

Reconsidering monogamy: A review of non-monogamous partnerships and comparisons in current literature

Nicole Barbaro (2017)

The target of male mate guarding behavior is predicted by the initiator of infidelity

Nicole K. Kirstner (2016)

Online mate retention: Implications for cost-inflicting and benefit-provisioning behaviors

Zachary D. Willockx (2016)

Context-specific moral reasoning

Austin John Jeffery (2016)

Cultural experiences and homosexual expression in Western men

John N. Arvanitis (2014)

Memetics and Cultural Transmission from an Evolutionary Perspective

Mark G. McCoy (2014) Development of the Reasons for Pretending Orgasm Inventory. Mark is currently in the Ph.D. program in Psychology at Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, OH.

Michael N. Pham (2014)

Development of the Coalitional Mate Retention Inventory. Michael is currently in the Ph.D. program in Evolutionary Psychology at Oakland University.

Yael Sela (2014)

Other women's attraction to male partner mediates the relationship between women's copulatory orgasm and their partner's attractiveness. Yael is currently in the Ph.D. program in Evolutionary Psychology at Oakland University.

Vincent M. Bates (2010)

Risk of sperm competition and relationship satisfaction moderate men’s interest in their partner’s copulatory orgasm. Vincent is currently a marketing officer for LELO (LELO Asia), working in their Shanghai, P. R. China office. He conducts marketing research.

Emily J. Miner (2009)

Mate value and partner-directed insults. Emily is currently in the Ph.D. program in Biological Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

William F. McKibbin (2007)

Why do men insult their intimate partners? Partner-directed insults and mate retention. William completed his Ph.D. in Evolutionary Psychology at Florida Atlantic University (see above). Dr. McKibbin is current Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan, Flint.

Shanna L. Beasley (2006)

Contexts and circumstances of filicide-suicide in Chicago. Shanna is currently a Therapist/Case Manager at Bayview Center for Mental Health in Hollywood, Florida.

Judith A. Easton (2006)

Dr. Easton completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and is now a Lecturer in Psychology at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Krystal D. Mize (2006)

Intimate partner homicide methods in heterosexual and homosexual relationships. Krystal completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at Florida Atlantic University, where she is currently a post-doctoral researcher.

Mary Ann G. O’Grady (2006)

Stepparents and genetic parents use different methods to murder their children. Mary Ann completed her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She currently teaches at Pitt Community College in Winterville, North Carolina.

Lucas D. Schipper (2006)

Adding insult to injury: Development and initial validation of the Partner-Directed Insults Scale. Luke is currently in the Ph.D. in Psychology at Florida Atlantic University.

Valerie G. Starratt (2006)

Men’s partner-directed insults and sexual coercion in intimate relationships. Valerie completed her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Psychology at Florida Atlantic University (see above). Dr. Starratt is currently Associate Professor of Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Alastair P. C. Davies (2005)

Human mate poaching: How frequent is it and what motivates it? Alastair completed his Ph.D. in Evolutionary Psychology at Florida Atlantic University (see above). Dr. Davies is currently Lecturer (UK tenure-track equivalent to Assistant Professor) in Psychology, Regent’s College, London.

Aaron T. Goetz (2005)

When we hurt the ones we love: Predicting violence against women from men’s mate retention tactics. Aaron completed his Ph.D. in Evolutionary Psychology at Florida Atlantic University (see above). Dr. Goetz is currently Associate Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton.

Faith E. Guta (2005)

Mate retention and copulation frequency in humans: complementary anti-cuckoldry tactics.

Samantha Murphy (2005)

Relationship experience as a predictor of jealousy.

Brian J. Quintus (2005)

Sex differences in sexual psychology produce sex-similar preferences for a short-term mate.

Emily A. Stone (2005)

Sex differences and similarities in preferred mating arrangements. Emily is currently in the Ph.D. program in Biological Anthropology at the University of Utah.

Amanda Hitchell (2004)

Sex ratio and crime: A cross-cultural investigation. Amanda completed her J.D. at Temple University. She is currently a Regulatory Manger at the University of Colorado at Denver.


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