The Byrd-Craven Psychobiology Lab studies the neuroendocrine underpinnings of human social behavior. We examine a variety of relationships, including female friendships, family, and mating relationships. We employ interdisciplinary methods to uncover the interplay between social context and neuroendocrine responses.
Dr. Byrd-Craven is accepting graduate students for the Fall of 2023. Application deadline Dec. 1, 2022. See Join the Lab for more details.
Dads And Development of Infants in Oklahoma
PI: Jennifer Byrd-Craven
Co-Is: Lucia Ciciolla, Shelia Kennison
Project Manager: Tori Short
This longitudinal project follows families for an infant's first 18 months. The focus is on patterns of father involvement that are related to the establishment of the mother-infant biorhythm. For more information on this study, visit the study website.
Who We Are
Psychobiology Lab Staff
Dr. Jennifer Byrd-Craven
Dr. Byrd-Craven received her Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of Missouri. She joined the OSU Psychology Department in the fall of 2007. Her primary research interest is the impact of social dynamics on the activity of the stress response and associated systems systems. Current research projects focus on: 1) patterns of father involvement that impact the mother-infant and family biorhythm; 2) the influence of female friendship interactions on stress and immune system reactivity; and 3) sex differences in response to stress and early adversity. Evolutionary theory is used as a framework for understanding the interaction between biology and social dynamics, with a particular focus on female sociality. See her full CV here.
Laureon is a third-year graduate student working with Dr. Krems and Dr. Byrd-Craven. Her interests are in female sociality, and in pairing both feminist and evolutionary perspectives to explore overlooked aspects of women's behavior.
Tori Short is a second-year graduate student working with Dr. Byrd-Craven and Dr. Krems. Tori is primarily interested in using evolutionary theory to study environmental influences on health-related schemas and behaviors pertaining to diet, exercise, stress, and inflammation. Tori’s research interests also include female friendship dynamics as well as sex differences in mate retention and satisfaction.
Krystal Duarte is a first-year graduate student working with Dr. Byrd-Craven and Dr. Krems. She is a McNair scholar and previously worked on projects that investigated romantic infatuation and flirting behavior. Her current research interests are in female status and female aggression from an evolutionary perspective.
Nina Rodriguez, M.A.
Nina Rodriguez is a first-year graduate student working with Dr. Krems and Dr. Byrd-Craven. She received her M.A. at California State University Fullerton where she conducted research on personality traits from an adapationist perspective. Her current research interests range from female competition and sociality, status acquisition, personality variation, and the influence of motivation on behavior.
The Oklahoma Center for Evolutionary ANalysis (OCEAN)
The Byrd-Craven Psychobiology lab is one of several labs in Psychology and Integrative Biology holding joint graduate lab meetings and furthering the OCEAN mission: 1) engage in interdisciplinary research; 2) train future research faculty and graduate students, including those from groups underrepresented in the sciences; and 3) undertaking educational outreach via the FOSSIL conference.
Grandmothers and Hormonal Underpinnings:
Unexplored Aspects of Women’s Same-Sex Relationships (2021)
asymmetries in African American emerging adults exposed to chronic social
Dr. Byrd-Craven anticipates accepting a graduate student for the Fall of 2023. Application deadline is December 1, 2022. Research Assistants: Undergraduate research assistants who work in my lab get experience with entering data, developing protocols, running experiments, and coding video data. Students also get experience preparing saliva assays. Students typically enroll in Psychology 4990: Special Problems. Advanced students will get experience presenting our research at conferences. We hold bi-weekly lab meetings to discuss ongoing projects, applying to graduate school, and presenting research. If you are interested in joining the lab team, please contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine if there are any current openings.