Dr. Lisa Welling is a tenured Associate Professor at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan (USA). Previously, Dr. Welling completed an honors thesis on the neurological components of the facial feature hierarchy in the psychology department at St. Thomas University (Canada), which was funded by an Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). Next, she attended the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) where she completed the requirements for a Masters in Research (M.Res.) and was transferred into the Ph.D. program. Her Ph.D., entitled Individual Differences in Face Preferences, was completed in 2008 under the supervision of Dr. Ben Jones in the Face Research Laboratory and was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Dr. Welling was then able to secure an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) one-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Face Research Laboratory under the supervision of Drs. Ben Jones and Lisa DeBruine. Thereafter, she completed a 3-year American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Pennsylvania State University with Dr. David Puts in collaboration with Dr. William Crowley at the Harvard University Medical School. Dr. Welling has presented her work at international conferences in various locations around the world, such as Japan, Russia, Italy, and France, and has given invited lectures at prestigious institutions, such as Harvard University, McMaster University, and University College of London. She joined the faculty at Oakland University in the Autumn of 2012, was awarded the Oakland University New Investigator Research Excellence Award in 2015, the Oakland University Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in 2018, and received tenure in 2017. In addition to having published more than 70 journal articles, she has produced two edited volumes (Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Psychology by Zeigler-Hill, Welling, & Shackelford, and The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology and Behavioral Endocrinology by Welling & Shackelford) and currently serves on the Editorial Boards for the journals Evolutionary Psychological Science, Evolutionary Psychology, and Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology. She is particularly interested in how hormones affect different aspects of our behavior, including mate choice, preferences, and sexual behavior.
Office: 212 Pryale Hall, Oakland University Main Campus. Email: welling[at]oakland[dot]edu
Rich Holler is a doctoral student who joined the Welling Research Lab in Fall 2018. Rich earned his B.A. in Psychology (minor in Biology) at Pennsylvania State University, where he worked in Dr. Lynn Liben's cognitive psychology lab, Dr. Mark Shriver's anthropological genomics lab, and Dr. David Puts' evolutionary anthropological lab. Thereafter, he worked at the University of Texas at Austin with Daniel Conroy-Beam and Laith Al-Shawaf from the Buss Lab. He received his M.S. under the tutelage of Dr. Glenn Geher at the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2018, where he also participated in Dr. Carol Vazquez' Social Cognition Lab. He is primarily interested in the malleability and development of sexual and romantic attraction, as well as the impact of hormones and environments on mating strategies. He is currently an associate editor of the Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium and when he is not reading or writing, he watches college and professional football, runs, plays guitar, and rides his beloved bike called The HMB Beagle.
Mercedes (Sadie) Hughes
Sadie Hughes completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She worked in the social psychology lab researching how people react to rejection and social exclusion among peers vs strangers. Thereafter, she earned her license as a behavioral therapist, working with children with autism for two years. Her current research interests include how fluctuations in hormones affect mental health states, including anxiety and depression, and how these fluctuations may then alter behaviors and life satisfaction outcomes. Outside the lab, her interests include hiking, martial arts and boxing, yoga, and board games.
Jenna Lunge is a Ph.D. student who joined the Welling Research Lab in Fall 2016 and completed her M.S. in 2018. Jenna previously attended the University of California, Merced, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology. While at UCM, she was a research assistant at the Consortium for Research on Atypical Development and Learning, where she investigated the evolutionary influences on attention using a change-detection task known as the flicker paradigm. Jenna is interested in evolutionary influences on mate preference and cues to ovulation – specifically, how hormones influence behaviors at points of high and low fertility along the ovulatory cycle. Otherwise, Jenna enjoys dark wine, darker coffee, gardening, and brewing homemade beer.
Ginny Mitchell is a Ph.D. student who joined the Welling Research lab in the Fall of 2016. She previously studied at Hendrix College, where she earned her B.A. in Biology. While at Hendrix, Ginny worked on a variety of projects ranging from the study of DNA transcription in yeast with Dr. Andrea Duina to the coevolutionary relationship between the Osage Orange and small, scatter-caching mammals with Dr. Matthew Moran and Dr. Jennifer Penner. She also carried out an independent research project investigating the scatter-caching and food foraging strategies of the Central American agouti. Ginny is mainly interested in how natural and synthetic hormones affect women’s mate preferences and behaviors. Outside of her studies, Ginny is an avid cyclist and Tolkien enthusiast. She also enjoys picking up a book, playing board games, and a fresh cup of coffee.
Alex Orille is a M.S, student who joined the Welling Research lab in the Fall of 2019. He completed his undergraduate degree at Oakland University, where he earned his B.A. in Psychology. During his time at Oakland University, Alex presented and published research on the social psychology of traumatic experience, as well as the thermal biology and disease ecology of various amphibian taxa. Alex is currently interested in theories surrounding concealed ovulation, as well as human’s abilities to detect cues to ovulation. He enjoys reading about his aforementioned interests, playing golf and table tennis, pinning insects, and watching scary movies.
Simon Reeve is a Ph.D. student who joined the Welling Research Lab in September, 2014. Simon has previously received a B.Sc. (University of Portsmouth, UK) and M.S. degree (Western Illinois University) in experimental psychology. His Master’s thesis investigated the influence of romantic rejection/acceptance cues on mate preferences and sociosexual orientation. In general, Simon’s research interests focus on the influence of social and environmental cues on attitudes and behaviors — particularly mate preferences and sexual strategies — and he is keen to expand into the study of hormonal influences during his time at Oakland. Outside of his studies, Simon enjoys books, films, travelling, running, good food, better wine, and coffee in almost any conceivable shape or form.
Graham is a senior at Oakland University pursuing degrees in Psychology and General Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship. He joined the lab in the Summer of 2019 and intends to graduate in December. His hobbies include backpacking, skiing, and caring for his dogs.
Lazo is a sophomore Psychology Major at Oakland University who joined the lab in Fall, 2019. Lazo is interested in behavior and the evolution of human psychology. He plans to pursue law after graduating from OU. His hobbies include reading comics, exercising, and chess.
Paige is a senior majoring in Psychology and Political Science at Oakland University who joined the lab in Fall, 2019. She is interested in a future in the psychology field and plans to attend graduate school after she finishes her undergraduate degree.
Tatiana is a Post-Baccalaureate student who joined the Welling Research lab in the Summer of 2019. Tatiana received her B.S. in Operations Management from Oakland University and is looking to pursue a M.S. in Psychology. She is interested in learning more about the factors that affect mate selection and interpersonal relationships. Her hobbies include running, paddle boarding, and painting.
Jacqueline is a senior Psychology major at Oakland University who joined the lab in Summer 2019. She is particularly interested in the psychology of human sexuality and mood disorders, and plans to pursue graduate-level training in clinical or school psychology. Her hobbies include singing, reading, and acting.