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Ph.D., Harvard University; B.S., Duke University
I came to Emmanuel in 2005 after working at large universities, because I wanted to work more closely with students. I love my teaching and research and have co-authored research projects with over 15 undergraduates. After graduation, my Emmanuel students have continued onto graduate programs in School Psychology, Evolutionary Anthropology, Counseling Psychology, Public Health, Law, Peace and War Studies, Nursing, Biobehavioral Health and Campus Ministry.
Warriors and Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes
Joyce F. Benenson (Author), Henry Markovits (Contributor)
Hardcover: 288 pages; Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (February 5, 2014)
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Duke University and a Doctorate in psychology from Harvard University. I have taught in Canada and England and arrived at Emmanuel in the fall of 2005.
Currently, I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. I am a member of the Association for Psychological Science, the Developmental Psychology section of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), and the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD).
My research interests lie in understanding the biological and ecological factors that influence cooperation and competition between human beings. I examine the influence of age, sex, kinship, social structure, dominance status, and familiarity on degree of cooperation and competition that occurs between individuals ranging in age from newborns through middle adulthood. Much of the theory behind my research stems from findings from research on humans' closest genetic relatives, Pan troglodytes (chimpanzees) and Pan paniscus (bonobos). I collaborate with researchers who study non-human primates in the department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University where I am an Associate Member. I employ methods drawn from the fields of animal behavior, evolutionary biology, cognition, economics, anthropology, neuroscience, sociology, and developmental psychology. Recently, I have conducted research in Uganda to examine the cross-cultural generalizability of my findings. I encourage students interested in working on my research projects to contact me early in their careers at Emmanuel College.