Alexander Baxter

I am a psychology PhD candidate in my fifth and final year of the program, and will soon graduate in June 2023. I primarily work in the titi monkey side of the lab; however, I’ve also done research with humans and rhesus monkeys, in collaboration with others. When I am not in the lab, I work as a teacher’s assistant for a graduate-level statistics course. I also work as a research assistant at the California Department of Justice Research Center. I contribute to a project aimed at tracking and ultimately eliminating racial profiling by police officers. I am currently on the job market seeking a position as a research analyst for after I graduate. If you are interested in networking, please reach out to me via email or LinkedIn; I’d love to hear from you. 

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Research Interests: I am broadly interested in the evolutionary origins and bio-psycho-social correlates of attachments, especially in pair bond relationships and parent-offspring relationships. One of my current projects investigates whether compatibility contributes to titi monkey pair bonding. To study this question, I created a “titi monkey speed-dating” test to assess compatibility between potential mates, and then assessed whether pairing monkeys based on compatibility lead to increased post-pairing affiliation. I have also done research on human romantic relationships (with Dr. Paul Eastwick), temperament and immune system epigenetics (with Dr. Erin Kinnally), the organizational effects of prenatal androgen exposure (with Dr. Dee Higley), infant sleep development (with Dr. Daniel Kay), and how improved social relationships (via marriage therapy) can have beneficial effects on physical health outcomes (with Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad).