Stefan Goetz

Stefan Goetz

Ph.D. Candidate
Graduate Student

 5057 Woodward Ave. Rm 8203

Curriculum Vitae

Stefan Goetz

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Hormones and Behavior

  •  Aggression

  •  Evolutionary Psychology


 Applying an evolutionary perspective, my research primarily focuses on the proximate mechanisms as well as individual differences associated with status seeking behaviors. Specifically, I examine how changes in social status (e.g., winning or losing a contest) influence hormone dynamics and how these changes subsequently influence ongoing social behaviors (e.g., aggression). Other research interests include the functional significance of emotions, as well as the adaptive functions of secondary sexual characteristics.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • B.A. in German, Grand Valley University 2011
  • B.S. in Psychology, Grand Valley University 2011
  • M.A. In Psychology, Wayne State University 2015

Awards and Grants

  • Owen Aldis Award $8,000 (2014)

  • Rumble Fellowship (2016)

Selected Publications

Goetz, S. M. M., Weisfeld, G. E., & Zilioli, S. (in press). Reproductive behavior in the human male. In The Oxford Handbook on Evolutionary Psychology and Behavioral Endocrinology, Edited by L. L. M. Welling & T. K. Shackelford. Oxford University Press: New York, NY. 

Goetz, S. M. M., Tang, L., Thomason, M. E., Diamond, M. P., & Carré, J. M. (2014). Testosterone rapidly increases neural reactivity to threat in healthy men: a novel two-step pharmacological challenge paradigm. Biological Psychiatry. 76, 324-331.

Goetz, S. M. M., Shattuck, K. S., Miller, R. M., Campbell, J. A., Lozoya, E., Weisfeld, G. E., & Carré, J. M. (2013). Social status moderates the relationship between facial structure and aggression. Psychological Science, 24, 2329-2334.

Currently Teaching

  • PSY 2600 Social Psychology

  • PSY 2400 Developmental Psychology

Courses taught

  • PSY 7150 Statistics Lab
  • PSY 7160 Statisitics Lab
  • PSY 3993 Experimental Lab
  • PSY 3040 Sensation and Perception