van Anders lab

social neuroendocrinology | feminist science | sexuality | gender/sex | sexual diversity

Principal Investigator, Lab Director
Bio (feel free to use/copy): Dr. Sari van Anders is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Social Neuroendocrinology, Sexuality, and Gender/Sex, and Professor of Psychology, Gender Studies, and Neuroscience, at Queen's University after spending a decade at the University of Michigan. Dr. van Anders has published over 80 papers with research that sets out new ways to conceptualize, understand, and map gender/sex, sexual diversity, and sexuality, and also provides unique tools and theories for feminist and queer bioscience, especially within social neuroendocrinology and studies of testosterone. Dr. van Anders' work has been recognized with the 2013 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, the 2014 Frank Beach Young Investigator Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, the 2016 and 2020 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology, the 2019 George A. Miller Award for an Outstanding Recent Article on General Psychology from APA Division 1, the 2012 Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award from the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the 2016 Committee on Women in Psychology Leadership Award from the American Psychological Association, and more. Dr. van Anders is committed to progressive transformation efforts for academic spaces and beyond.

Graduate Students
Will Beischel, Ph.D. Student, 2016-present. (vita)
I am a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Personality and Social Contexts program at the University of Michigan. I received my B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago with minors in Biology and Neuroscience. In the van Anders lab I am studying gender/sex and sexual diversity, including how researchers can think about and measure diverse identities and experiences. My dissertation focuses on positive affective experiences related to one's gender. Outside of academia, I love to go dancing and to attend live performances of all kinds.
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Aki Gormezano, Ph.D. Student, 2017-present. (vita)
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Social-Personality Psychology at Queen's University. I received my B.A. in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and my M.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. With research, I am especially interested in the multi-faceted ways in which people experience and engage with porn, fantasies, and physical partners. Outside of the lab, I enjoy playing soccer and rock climbing.
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Jane Mao, Graduate RA, 2021-present; Undergraduate RA, 2019-2021.
I am a first year Masters of Education student and I am super excited to be back in the van Anders lab! I'm really happy I get to incorporate my involvement in social justice with what I learn in academia. I think it's really important that labs study gender/sex with an intersectional lens and I could not be more grateful to work here with such amazing and welcoming people! Catch me in bopping around KTown to Khalid (we literally have the exact same birthday but no big deal) or Lizzo (my literal icon, that's it, that's the tweet) with my 3rd cup of coffee of the day :)
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Sara Shivafard, MA Student, 2021-present.
I am a first-year MA Candidate in Gender Studies at Queen's University. I graduated from Brock University in October 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. My research interests consist of sexuality, gender identity and expression, sex education, and sexual orientation. Outside of the lab, I like kickboxing and spending time with my niece!
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Eunju Son, Ph.D. Student, 2020-present. (vita)
I am a 4th year Social Psychology Ph.D. student at Queen's. I am interested in feminist identity management and the intersectionality of race and gender. Currently, I am working on research exploring contextual influence on disclosing feminist identity. Outside of the lab, I enjoy watching movies or Netflix drama with beer in my hand. I am also a keen advocate of pilates.
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Bianca Wilhelm, M.Sc. Student, 2021-present. (vita)
I am a 1st year Social Psychology M.Sc. student at Queen's University. I received my B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Florida, with minors in History and Women's Studies. I have research interests in sexual and gender diversity, with a current focus on how individuals conceptualize and express their identities. Other research interests include sexual/gender diversity in adolescents and minority stress and resilience. My passions outside of the lab lie in cooking, video games, and D&D.
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Lab Coordinators & Lab Technician

Jay Burns, Co-Lab Coordinator, 2021-present, Volunteer & RA 2020-2021.
I am a third-year student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Statistics. I love that the van Anders lab approaches science from feminist and queer perspectives! I'm particularly interested in the social modulation of hormones, and anything to do with gender/sex. Outside of the lab, I enjoy embracing my inner grandpa by drinking tea, reading, and knitting.
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Kate Hunker, Co-Lab Coordinator, 2021-present, Volunteer & RA 2020-2021.
I am currently a fourth-year student majoring in psychology and minoring in health studies at Queen's! This year in the lab I'm excited to learn more deeply about sexuality and gender research, and about how to approach psychological research from a feminist perspective. In the future, I hope to pursue graduate studies in either social or health psychology. Outside of the lab, I love to rock climb, hike, and update my movie watchlist!
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Mandeep Kaloti, Mass Spectrometry & Lab Technologist, 2022-present.
I am working as a Mass spectrometry and Lab technologist. I handle all responsibilities of characterization/detection of hormones and other analytes and help in managing other lab responsibilities. I received my M.Sc. in Biochemistry (Maharshi Dayanand University, India), M.Tech in Nanoscience and Technology (Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, India) and Ph.D. in Nanotechnology (Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India). Outside of the lab, I enjoy writing poetry, travelling, cooking, listening to music and socializing with friends and families.
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Honours Students, Volunteers, & Research Assistants

Ella Blondin, Volunteer & RA, 2021-present.
I am a third-year student at Queen's University majoring in Psychology and minoring in English Language and Literature. I am very interested in how the use of certain words can influence our conceptualizations of identity. I think it is crucial to examine these connections between language and identity through an intersectional lens, which is why I am excited to work on projects through the feminist science perspective of the van Anders lab. I wish to pursue clinical psychology in my graduate studies, and someday work as a mental healthcare professional. In my free time, I love to draw, do yoga, read, and listen to music!
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Allie Freshley, Honours Student, 2021-present.
I am a fourth-year student at Queen's majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. I am passionate about all things psychology and what makes us who we are as individuals and could not be more excited to be working as an honours thesis student in the van Anders lab! I am a firm believer in life-long learning and cannot wait to dig deeper into the intersections between psychology and sexuality and gender research. I am particularly excited to investigate this research through a feminist lens, which I hope to incorporate into any future research projects I may embark on. Outside of academics, I enjoy alternating between binge-reading books and walking/exercising/moving as much as possible, ideally with others.
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Jada Hollingsworth, Volunteer & RA, 2021-present.
I am a fourth year studying BioPsychology here at Queen's, and I'm beyond excited to be involved with the van Anders lab! I am interested in how social positions such as race and gender/sex act as mediating factors in neuroendocrinology, psychology and physiology. I'm excited to engage with the lab's feminist, race-critical, and intersectional approaches to science, and for my involvement to assist with my development into a scientist better suited to explore health and sexuality in Black women and queer folks. Outside of the lab you can find me studying behavioural endocrinology in the ecological context (ask me about it), working with the Biology DSC (of which I'm the proud Co-President), or performing as part of the Qvitters Improv Team (this I am not so proud of).
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Marietta Konermann, Volunteer & RA, 2020-present.
I am a 4th year student at Queen's specializing in Biochemistry. I am very interested in broadening my horizons beyond the scope of my program, particularly into the realm of feminist science. I hope to bring my passion for an adequate and all-inclusive sexual education to a career in gynecology and obstetrics. I want to play a part in creating a healthcare system that eliminates the stigma that currently surrounds the topics of sex and gender and in which each and every patient feels empowered. Outside of my studies, I love to cook, make music, and weightlift.
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Katya Kredl, Volunteer & RA, 2020-present.
I am a third-year student at Queen's and I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in Gender Studies, as well as doing a certificate in Sexual and Gender Diversity. I'm interested in the ways that human sexuality and gender diversity intersect with psychology, and I am so excited to be back in the van Anders Lab this year working with these topics. After my undergrad, I'm hoping to continue studying human sexuality and intersectionality in grad school and eventually pursue couples and family therapy. Outside of the lab, I love reading, yoga and knitting baby hats!
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Sadie Levine, Volunteer & RA, 2020-present.
I am a fourth-year Con-Ed student majoring in Psychology at Queen's, and I'm so excited to be part of the van Anders lab for another year! I'm interested in gender/sex diversity and hormones, and I'm especially interested in how the interaction of social and biological factors contributes to gender/sex identity. I'm a big believer in the importance of feminist science and feel so lucky to be in a lab that works towards creating a better future. Outside of the lab, I love to make crafts with friends while listening to funky music, and I do editorial illustrations for several on-campus magazines!
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Jessie Miller, Volunteer, 2021-present.
I am a second year student studying health sciences at Queen's University. I'm interested in the relationship between sexual desire and gender/sex, as well as how physiology and culture affect sexual desire. I'm also passionate about inclusive research that addresses systematic and unconscious biases, so I am excited to be approaching research from a feminist lens. Outside the lab, I love cooking, hiking, and weightlifting!
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Sapphire Newman-Fogel, Volunteer, 2022-present.
I am in my second year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at Queen's University. I am very interested in exploring sexual health through the intersections of neuroscience and psychology. I am a facilitator for the Gender-Based Violence and Bystander Intervention Training Program at Queen's. I enjoy swimming and going on backcountry canoe trips.
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Bella Reis, Volunteer & RA, 2021-present.
I am a third-year student at McMaster University in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program and I'm so excited to be a part of the van Anders Lab. I am passionate about exploring health and sexuality through an interdisciplinary and intersectional lens, and I'm looking forward to learning more about how feminism and feminist theories can be used to dismantle biased views in modern-day science and hormone research. Outside of the lab, I love thrifting with friends, reading books and watching/being in musicals.
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Daniel Shuchat, Honours Student, 2021-present.
I am heading into my fourth year at Queen's majoring in Psychology. I have always considered myself a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to academic interests, and I see this lab as an incredible opportunity to learn about a variety of aspects of the human condition. I know my time in this lab will help me foster a diverse perspective for my future as a psychologist. Outside of the lab I work with the Queen's chapter of Step Above Stigma as Volunteer Coordinator. In my own time, I love to read, cook, go on long walks with friends, and make impulsive decisions (not pictured: my blue hair).
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sari van anders, ph.d.
canada 150 research chair in social neuroendocrinology, sexuality, & gender/sex
professor of psychology, gender studies, & neuroscience
62 arch street
kingston ontario k7L 4b6
queen's university
copyright, Sari M. van Anders, 2008-2021