society officers

President: T. Joel Wade

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T.  Joel Wade is Presidential Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill. His research focuses on mate attraction methods, mate expulsion, love acts, and relationship reconciliation from an evolutionary theory perspective.  He has been a member of NEEPS since its inception. The things Joel likes about NEEPS are, the quality of the scholarship presented at the annual Conference, the sense of community among the members and conference attendees, how NEEPSters collaborate on research, and how NEEPSters help other NEEPSters move forward in their careers.


Vice President: Maryanne Fisher

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Maryanne L. Fisher, PhD is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and an Affiliate Faculty member at The Kinsey Institute. She is an award winning teacher, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles mostly pertaining to women and evolutionary psychology. She edited the Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition (2017, Oxford University Press), and was lead editor on Evolution’s Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women (2013, Oxford University Press). Her current primary areas of investigation are women’s intrasexual competition for mates, mothering, women’s cooperative alliances, and interpersonal relationships in general. She is deeply interested in the ways that feminism(s), women studies, and gender studies lead to novel questions about evolutionary psychology.


Secretary: Anastasia Makhanova


Anastasia (Stacey) Makhanova is an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas. She first came to NEEPS, by herself, when she was an undergraduate student at Hendrix College and has attended every conference since. Stacey received her Ph.D. from Florida State University. Her research focuses on the ways that people's social perceptions are affected by different fundamental motives (e.g., pathogen avoidance, affiliation, relationship maintenance, parenting) and biological processes (e.g., hormones, immune system activity, genetics). Her favorite part of NEEPS is the friendly environment that focuses on helping students advance their research.


Treasurer: David Widman


David Widman is a Professor of Psychology at Juniata College in Central Pennsylvania.  He received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wyoming and his Ph. D. in Biopsychology from The University at Albany, SUNY.  His research interests have always been looking toward an evolutionary framework for behavior, whether that was in rats and Pavlovian conditioning to spatial skills in both humans and rats to religious behavior in humans and currently mating and dating behavior in humans.  His first NEEPS was the infamous third NEEPS at Oswego where he was hooked on the community and welcoming nature of NEEPS.

Membership Officer: Daniel Glass


Dan is a clinical psychologist working in private practice in Connecticut. He is also the president of the Applied Evolutionary Psychology Society, and the project co-leader of Dan's area of research interest involves the intersection of evolutionary and clinical psychology, in particular the ways in which evolution can inform the understanding, classification, and treatment of mental disorders. He has published in the areas of emotional functioning (especially anxiety), Alzheimer's disease, and evolution education. Dan has been a NEEPSter since 2012 and loves the warmth and friendly camaraderie of NEEPS!

Communication Officer: Rebecca Burch


Rebecca Burch is a Full Professor at SUNY Oswego.  She received her Ph.D. at SUNY Albany in Evolution and Human Behavior. Her main research interests are the evolution of sexual behavior, sexual signaling, domestic violence, and cultural differences and similarities in various human behaviors, including sex, parenting, play, gender, and development. She has previously taught at SUNY Albany and Colby College. Dr. Burch has publications on the topics of seminal composition and human physiology and behavior, genital morphology, intimate partner violence (focusing on the role of sexual jealousy and prevention strategies), and sexual signaling. These publications have garnered interest from the media, including nonfiction books (e.g., “Why is the Penis Shaped like that?”, “Bonk”, “The Dangerous Passion”), novels (“The Hitchhiker’s Child”), and innumerable websites, blogs, new outlets, and magazines.

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Communication Officer: Glenn Geher


Professor of Psychology and Founding Director of Evolutionary Studies, State University of New York at New Paltz. My research interests pertain to pretty much anything and everything related to the evolution and human-behavior interface. Most recently, my work has focused on positive evolutionary psychology, which seeks to advance the agenda of positive psychology using concepts from evolutionary psychology. Along with several students and brave young academics, I helped form the society and organize the first-ever NEEPS conference which took place on our home campus in 2007. NEEPS has been a truly warm, open, and intellectually exciting community that has helped advance our understanding of the human experience and that has forged strong friendships and professional connections ever since.

Member at Large: Gregg Murray


Gregg R. Murray, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

Augusta University


Research: the effects of life sciences on political behavior, in particular leadership and voting preferences.

Student Representative: Jimmy Moran


James (Jimmy) Moran is a Ph.D. candidate in social psychology. Jimmy received his B.S. in Psychology and Evolution and Behavior from the University of Scranton in 2015, where he worked with Dr. Barry X. Kuhle. After graduating, he attended Bucknell University, where he received his M.S. in Experimental Psychology and worked with Dr. T. Joel Wade (NEEPS President). He currently works with Dr. Damian Murray at Tulane University. Jimmy researches how our sexuality and sexual motivations are impacted by the threat of disease, one's health, breakups, and violence. Jimmy has been a member of NEEPS since his Junior year of college (2014) and currently serves as the Student Representative. In 2019, he and Dr. Stacey Makhanova co-hosted NEEPS in Boston, MA. 


Past President: Daniel Kruger


Daniel Kruger is a researcher in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He applies evolutionary principles to advance understanding in a wide range of  human psychology and behavior. Much of his work is founded on Life History Theory, which provides a powerful framework for understanding individual variation and adaptation to developmental conditions. Dr. Kruger conducts both basic research to advance theory as well as applied projects to promote human well-being and sustainability. His research topics include altruism, cooperation, and helping; community health; Cannabis; coalitional psychology and behavior; economic and consumer behavior; Ethology; Evolutionary Demography; evolution and human health; Life History Theory; Literary Darwinism; mating strategies; and risk taking. He is involved in several community-university research collaborations to promote the understanding of and improve social and health conditions. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Housing and Urban Development, Michigan Department of Community Health, and local foundations and agencies. He has written nearly two hundred articles and book chapters in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. He is a co-author of the book Graphing Jane Austen: The Evolutionary Basis for Literary Meaning (2012).


I have attended every NEEPS conference. NEEPS has a strong tradition of A-list keynote speakers, a multi-disciplinary program, and is very welcoming for students and first-time participants. Although we cherish our rigorous academic quality, we may be most well known for our inclusive and fun social atmosphere. I am particularly proud of the NEEPS conference that I co-organized with local host Daniel Glass. We had over two hundred participants and a slate of speakers that would be impressive for even a much larger conference, including Steven Pinker, Felix Warneken, Robert Trivers, David Haig, Joyce Benenson, Gary Fireman, and  a symposium led by Max Kransnow.