Curriculum Vita

 

Gerianne M. Alexander, Ph.D.

CURRENT STATUS

Texas A&M University
Associate Dean of Research
Professor of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

College Station, TX  77843-4223
Phone: (979) 845-8541; Fax: (979) 845-5164
Email: galexander@tamu.edu

                                                                             

RESEARCH  INTERESTS

The development of human sex differences in social and cognitive behavior; Hormonal influences on typical and atypical behavior; Reproductive endocrinology and behavior

 
EDUCATION
McGill University, Montreal Ph.D. Clinical Psychology 1991
St. Francis Xavier U., Nova Scotia B. A. (First Class Honors) 1984
St. Francis Xavier U., Nova Scotia B.A. Mus (First Class Honors) 1981

 

PRIOR POSITIONS

Texas A&M University

Department of Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology: 2002-2005
Associate Professor of Psychology: 2005 – 2011

Yale University

Child Study Center
Postdoctoral Research Associate: 1999-2002

Yale School of Medicine

Department of Anesthesiology
Postdoctoral Research Associate: 1998-1999

University of New Orleans

Department of Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology: 1993-1998
(Resigned voluntarily to relocate with spouse)

University of California, Los Angeles

Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology
NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow: 1991-1993

Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal

Behavioral Therapy Unit
Sex Therapist: 1989-1991

Douglas Hospital, Montreal

Adult Unit, Eating Disorders
Clinical Intern (Psychology): 1988-1989

Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal

Allan Memorial Institute
Clinical Intern (Psychology): 1987-1988

FUNDING/AWARDS

External Grants and Fellowships Awarded

 

Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Project: Age/gender discrimination in hiring: Eye tracking during the resume review process
Position: Co-PI (33.3%) (PI: Johana Lahey)

Total Award: $116,000
Dates: 2012-2013

Sponsor: DARPA-BAA-11-36 (ENGAGE)/Total Immersion Software, Inc.
Project: An Adaptive Platform for K-3 STEM educational and Social Emotional Gaming Strategies
Position: Co-Investigator (PI: Richard Linnehan)
Description:  The objective of this research is to develop educational software that will facilitate skills and abilities to support STEM career pursuits in children of both sexes.
Total Award: $512,156
Dates: 2011-2012

Sponsor: NSF BCS-0618411
Project: Eye-tracking  Studies of Gender Development
Position: Principal Investigator
Description:  The objective of this research is to use eye-tracking technology to provide basic research on how early hormone levels and visual processes in early infancy may influence later gender-linked personality and social development.
Total Award: $481,000
Dates: 2006-2011

Sponsor: NIMH R21 (MH071414)
Project: Biosocial Activation of Sex-linked Cognitive Behavior
Position: Principal Investigator
Description: The objective of this research was to examine the influence of social cues (e.g., threat) on cognitive processes thought to be influenced by hormonal changes across the menstrual cycle.
Total Award:  $345,562
Dates: 2004-2006

Sponsor: NIMH B-Start Grant (MH058381)
Project: Individual differences in male sexual behavior
Position: Principal Investigator
Description: Funds supported research on the association between individual differences in response to affective stimuli and sexual behavior in males (human, rodent).
Total Award: $80,000
Dates: 1998-1999

Sponsor: NIH National Research Service Award (HD07596)
Project: Hormone-behavior associations in hypogonadal and eugonadal men
Position: Principal Investigator
Description: Funds supported the research and training of the PI under the direction of Dr. Melissa Hines of the Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, UCLA.

Sponsor: Fonds de la Recherche en Sante du Quebec Graduate Fellowship
Position: Principal Investigator
Description: Funds supported the research and training of the PI  under the direction of Dr. Barbara Sherwin of the Department of Psychology, McGill University

Sponsor: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Graduate Fellowship
Position: Principal Investigator
Description: Funds supported the research and training of the PI  under the direction of Dr. Barbara Sherwin of the Department of Psychology, McGill University

Sponsor: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Undergraduate Award
Position: Principal Investigator
Description: Funds supported the research and training of the PI under the direction of Dr. Murray Schwartz of the Department of Psychology, St. Francis Xavier University

 

External Grant Applications Submitted

Sponsor: NIH
Project: Study of Children’s Health and Longitudinal Exposures (SCALES)
Position:  Co-Investigator (PI: Anne Sweeney)
Description: The objective of this research is to examine the influence of prenatal exposure to hormone disruptors on health outcomes in children.
Total Award:  $2,152,523
Dates: 2004-2006

Internal (University) Research Grants Awarded

Sponsor: College Faculty Research Enhancement Award  (TAMU)
Project:  Affective modulation of human spatial abilitiesPosition: Principal Investigator
Total Award: $5,000
Dates: 2003-2004

Sponsor: Children, Youth, and Families Seed Grant Program (TAMU)
Project: Information Processing and Knowledge Acquisition in Infancy
Position: Co-Investigator
Total Award: $10,000
Dates: 2003-2004

Sponsor: LSU Board of Regents Support Fund: R&D Fund
Project:  Behavioral effects of a replacement dose of DHEA
Position: Principal Investigator
Date awarded: 1999, declined due to relocation with spouse

 
PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (total number of citations: >1,400, * Graduate Students)

Charles, N. E.*, Alexander, G. M., & Saenz, J.* (2013). Motivational value and salience of images of infants. Evolution and Human Behavior, in press.

Wilcox, T., Stubbs, J. A., Wheeler, L., & Alexander, G. M. (2013). Infants’ scanning of dynamic faces during the first year. Infant Behavior and Development, in press

Saenz, J.* &  Alexander, G. M. (2013). Digit ratios (2D:4D), postnatal testosterone and eye contact in toddlers. Biological Psychology, in press.

Saenz, J.* &  Alexander, G. M. (2013). Postnatal testosterone levels and disorder relevant behavior in the second year of life. Biological Psychology, in press.

Alexander, G. M. & Wilcox, T. (2012). Sex differences in early infancy. Child Development Perspectives, 4, 400-406.

Alexander, G. M. & Saenz, J.* (2012). Early Androgens, activity levels, and toy choices of children in the second year of life. Hormones and Behavior, 62, 500-504.

Wilcox, T., Alexander, G.M., Wheeler, L., & Norvell, J.M (2012). Sex differences during visual scanning of occlusion events. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1091-1105.

Alexander, G. M. & Saenz, J.* (2011).  Postnatal testosterone levels and temperament in early infancy, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 1287-1292.

McIntyre, M. H. & Alexander, G. M. (2011).  Sex differences in the fingers of 3 to 5 month old infants do not predict concurrent salivary testosterone levels, Early Human Development, 87, 349-351.

Charles, N.* & Alexander, G. M. (2011).  The association between digit ratios and sociosexuality: A failure to replicate, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 587-595.

Woods, R. J., Wilcox, T., Armstrong, J., and Alexander, G. M. (2010).  Infants’ representations of 3-dimensional occluded objects.  Infant Behavior and Development, 33, 663-671.

Alexander, G. M., Wilcox, T., & Farmer, M-B.* (2009). Hormone-behavior associations in early infancy.  Hormones and Behavior, 56, 498-502.

Raz, A., Zhu, H., Yu, S., Bansai, R., Wang, Z., Alexander, G. M., Royal, J., & Peterson, B. S. (2009). Neural substrates of self-regulatory control in children and adults with Tourette Syndrome. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 9, 579-588.

Raz, A., Packard, M. G., Alexander, G. M., Buhle, J. T., Zhu, H.,Yu, Shan, & Peterson, B. S. (2009).  A slice of π: An exploratory neuroimaging study of digit encoding and retrieval in a superior memorist.  Neurocase, 15, 361-372.

Alexander, G. M., Wilcox, T., & Woods, R.* (2009). Sex differences in infants’ visual interest in toys. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38, 427-433.

Evardone, M.* & Alexander, G. M. (2009). Anxiety, digit ratios, and sex-linked behavior. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38, 442-426.

Alexander, G. M. & Charles, N.* (2009). Sex differences in adults’ relative visual interest in female and male faces, toys, and play styles. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38, 434-441.

Hines, M. & Alexander, G. M. (2008).  Monkeys, girls, boys and toys: a confirmation (Invited commentary).  Hormones and Behavior, 54, 478-479.

Alexander, G. M., & Evardone, M.* (2008).  Blocks and Bodies: Sex differences in a novel version of the Mental Rotations Test.  Hormones and Behavior, 53 (1), 177-184.

Evardone, M.*, Alexander, G. M. and Morey, L. C. (2008).  Hormones and borderline personality features.  Personality and Individual Differences, 44 (1), 278-287.

Alexander, G. M. & Son, T. (2007). Androgens and eye movements in women and men during a test of mental rotation.  Hormones and Behavior, 52, 197-204.

Alexander, G. M. (2006). Associations among gender-linked toy preferences, digit ratio, and spatial ability: evidence from eye-tracking analysis. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 35, 699-709.

Marsh, R., Alexander, G. M., Packard, M. G., Zhu, H., & Peterson, B. S (2005).  Perceptual-motor skill learning in Tourette Syndrome.  Neuropsychologia, 43, 1456-1465.

Alexander, G. M. (2005).  Memory for face locations: Emotional cues alter sex differences in spatial abilities.  Evolution and Human Behavior , 26, 352-362.

Marsh, R., Alexander, G. M., Packard, M. G., Zhu, H., Wingard, J. C., Quackenbush, G., Stein, B., & Peterson, B. S. (2004). Habit learning in Tourette Syndrome: A translational neuroscience approach to developmental psychopathology.
Archives of General Psychiatry, 61, 1259-1268

Alexander, G. M. & Peterson, B. S. (2004). Testing the prenatal hormone hypothesis of tic-related disorders:  Gender identity and gender role behavior.  Development and Psychopathology. 16, 407-420.

Lee, K. K., Berman, N., Alexander, G. M., Hull, L., Swerdloff, R. S., Wang, C.  (2003). A simple self-report diary for assessing psychosexual function in hypogonadal men.  Journal of Andrology, 24, 688-698.

Alexander, G. M. (2003). An evolutionary perspective of sex-typed toy preferences: pink, blue, and the brain.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 32, 7-17.

Kain, Z. N., Mayes, L. C., Calwell-Andrews, A. A., Alexander G. M., Krivutza, D., Teague, B. A., Wang, S. M. (2002).  Sleeping characteristics of children undergoing outpatient elective surgery.  Anesthesiology, 97, 1093-1101.

Peterson, B. S., Kane M., Alexander, G. M., Lacadia, C., Skudlarski, P., Leung, H., May, J., Gore, J. C. (2002).  An event-related functional MRI study comparing interference effects in the Simon and Stroop Tasks, Cognitive Brain Research, 13, 427-440.

Smyke, A. T.*, Boris, N. W., & Alexander, G. M. (2002).  Fear of spoiling in at-risk African American mothers.  Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 32, 295-307.

Alexander, G. M., & Hines, M. (2002).  Sex differences in responses to children’s toys in a non-human primate (Cercopithecus aethiops sabaeus), Evolution and Human Behavior, 23, 467-479.

Alexander, G. M., Packard, M. G., Peterson B. S. (2002).  Sex and spatial position effects on object location memory following intentional learning of object identities.  Neuropsychologia, 40, 1516-1522.

Alexander, G. M., Altermus, M., Peterson, B. S. & Wexler, B. E. (2002). Replication of a premenstrual decrease in right-ear advantage on language-related dichotic listening tests of cerebral laterality.  Neuropsychologia, 40, 1293-1299.

Kain Z. N., Sevarino F, Rinder C, Pincus S, Alexander, G. M., Mayes L. C., Ivy M, Heninger, G. (2001).  Preoperative anxiolysis and postoperative recovery in women undergoing abdominal hysterectomy Anesthesiology, 94, 415-422.

Alexander, G. M. & Peterson, B. S. (2001).  Androgens and developmental psychopathology. CNS Spectrums, 6, 75-88.

Kain Z. N., Sevarino F., Pincus S., Alexander G. M., Wang S. M., Ayoub C., Kosarussavadi, B. (2000).  Attenuation of the preoperative stress response with midazolam: Effects on postoperative outcomes. Anesthesiology, 93, 141-147.

Kain Z. N., Hofstadter M. B., Mayes L. C., Krivutza D. M., Alexander, G., Wang S. M., Reznick J. S. (2000). Midazolam: effects on amnesia and anxiety in children. Anesthesiology, 93, 676-684.

Kain Z. N., Sevarino F, Alexander, G. M., Pincus S, Mayes L. (2000). Preoperative anxiety and postoperative pain in women undergoing hysterectomy: A repeated measures design. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 49(6), 417-422.

King, B. E.* & Alexander, G. M.  (2000). Pain sensitivity and individual differences in human sexual behavior.  Journal of Comparative Psychology, 114, 193-199.

King, B. E.*, Packard, M. G., & Alexander, G. M. (1999).  Affective properties of intra-MPOA injection of testosterone in male rats. Neuroscience Letters, 260, 149-152.

Alexander, G. M., Swerdloff, R. S., Wang, C., Salehian, B., Davidson, T., Steiner, B., & Hines, M. (1998).  Androgen-behavior correlations in hypogonadal and eugonadal men: II. Cognitive behavior,Hormones and Behavior, 33, 85-94.

Packard, M. G., Schroeder, J. P., & Alexander, G. M. (1998). Expression of testosterone conditioned place preference is blocked by peripheral or intra-accumbens injection of alpha-flupenthixol, Hormones and Behavior, 34, 39-47.

Packard, M. G., Cornell, A.*, & Alexander, G. M. (1997). Rewarding affective properties of intra-accumbens injections of testosterone, Behavioral Neuroscience, 111, 219-224.

Alexander, G. M., Swerdloff, R. S., Wang, C., Salehian, B. Davidson, T., Steiner, B., & Hines, M. (1997). Androgen-behavior correlations in hypogonadal men and eugonadal men: I.  Mood and response to auditory sexual stimuli, Hormones and Behavior, 31, 110-119.

Wang, C., Eyre D. R., Clark, R., Kleinberg, D., Newman, C., Iranmanesh, A., Veldhuis, J., Dudley, R. E., Berman, N., Barstow, T., Davidson, T., Sinow, R., Alexander, G., Swerdloff. (1996). Sublingual testosterone replacement improves muscle mass and strength, decreases bone resorption and increases bone formation markers in hypogonadal men.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 81, 3654-3662.

Wang, C., Alexander, G., Berman, N. et al. (1996). Testosterone replacement therapy improves mood in hypogonadal men.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 81, 3578-3583.

Packard, M. G., Kohlmaier, J. R., & Alexander, G. M. (1996). Intra-hippocampal administration of estradiol enhances memory in male rats: Interaction with cholinergic systems.  Behavioral Neuroscience, 110, 626-632.

Salehian, B., Wang, C., Alexander, G. et al. (1995). Pharmacokinetics, bioefficacy, and safety of sublingual testosterone cyclodextrin in hypogonadal men: comparison to testosterone enanthate. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 80, 3567-3575.

Alexander, G. M. & Hines, M. (1994). Gender labels and play styles: Their relative contribution to children’s selection of playmates.  Child Development, 65, 869-879.

Alexander, G. M., Packard, M. G., & Hines, M. (1994). Testosterone has rewarding affective properties in male rats: Implications for the biological basis of sexual motivation.  Behavioral Neuroscience, 108, 424-428.

Alexander, G. M. & Sherwin, B. B. (1993). Sex steroids, sexual behavior, and selective attention for erotic stimuli in women using oral contraceptives.  Psychoneuroendocrinology, 18, 91-102.

Alexander, G. M., Sherwin, B. B. (1991). The association between testosterone, sexual arousal, and selective attention for erotic stimuli in men.  Hormones and Behavior, 25, 367-381.

Bancroft, J. B., Sherwin, B. B., Alexander, G. M., Davidson, D. W., & Walker, A. (1991).  Aspects of sexuality in oral contraceptive users and non-users. I. Sexual experience, sexual attitudes and gender role.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 20, 105-120.

Bancroft, J. B., Sherwin, B. B., Alexander, G. M., Davidson, D. W., & Walker, A. (1991).  Aspects of sexuality in oral contraceptive users and nonusers. II. The role of androgens.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 20, 121-136.

Alexander, G. M., Sherwin, B. B., Bancroft, J. B., & Davidson, D. W. (1990).  Testosterone and sexual behavior in oral contraceptive users and nonusers: A prospective study.  Hormones and Behavior, 24, 388-402.

 

Journal Manuscripts Under Review

Alexander, G. M. & Saenz, J.* (submitted).  Active play styles do not explain toddlers’ preferences for boys’ toys

Alexander, G. M., Saenz, J.*, & Strongin, E. (submitted). Sex-specific behavioral response to threat: evidence from targeting precision

Alexander, G. M. & Shipman, T. (submitted). Sex-linked spatial abilities in deaf native signers: An experiment of “nurture”

Alexander, G. M. & Wilcox, T. (invited submission). Sex differences in early infancy. Perspectives in Child Development

 

Book Chapters

Alexander, G. M. (1995). Androgens and cognitive function. In: Pharmacology, Biology, and Clinical Applications of Androgens.  New York: Wiley-Liss, Inc., pp. 189-206.

Alexander, G. M. (1998).  Androgens and behavior in men. In: Male Reproductive Function, C. Wang (Ed.), Kluwer Academic.

Morey, L. C., Alexander, G. M., & Boggs, C. (2005). Gender.  In: Textbook of Personality Disorders.  John M. Oldham, M. D., M. S., Andrew E. Skodol, M. D., & Donna S. Bender, Ph.D. (Eds).  Arlington: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.

 

RESEARCH MEASURES DEVELOPED

The Playmate and Play Style Preferences Structured Interview (PPPSI) (Alexander & Hines, 1994)

Description: The measure consists of drawings of two figures placed on either side of a central line with a toy or activity depicted below each figure.  Children respond to the question “Who would you like to play with?” by pointing to the preferred figure. Responses indicate the preferred gender of playmates (male or female), the preferred play style (masculine or feminine) and the relative importance or relative salience of the two dimensions in partner preferences.  The measure is appropriate for use with children who are not able to complete paper and pencil questionnaires and for studies on clinical populations (e.g., Fridell, S. R., Owen-Anderson, A., Johnson, L. L. et al., (2006). The Playmate and Play Style Preferences Structured Interview: A comparison of children with gender identity disorder and controls, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 35, 729-737).

Self Report Diary of Psychosexual Function (Wang, C., Alexander, G., Berman, N. et al., 1996)

Description: A validated, brief self-report measure of male sexual function used in research on the treatment of male sexual dysfunction associated with hormonal deficiencies (see Lee et al., 2003 in publication list).

Dancing Aggies: A Modified Mental Rotations Test (Alexander & Evardone, 2008)

Description: The modified version of the standard mental rotation test replaces original block figure items with three-dimensional human figure items. The rotation of the human figures in three-dimensional space and the serial positioning of correct and incorrect items are identical to the original task. The measure has been obtained for use by other researchers, including researchers in the Department of Epidemiology at UC Berkeley for the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMOCS), and the Department of Psychology, University of New Brunswick, Canada.

 

INVITED RESEARCH TALKS

Gender Development Conference, San Francisco, 2010

American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, 2005

Women’s Health Research Symposium, TAMU, 2003

Texas A and M, Department of Psychology, 2002

University of Chicago, Committee on Human Development, 2002

Yale University, Child Study Center, 2000

Yale University, Department of Psychology, 1999

Female Sexual Dysfunction Advisory Board (FDA), 1998

Alza Pharmaceuticals, Androgen Advisory Board, 1997

Tulane, Department of Psychology, 1996

Louisiana Infant Mental Health Association, 1995

University of New Orleans, Department of Psychology, 1994

LSU Medical Center, Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, 1993

UCLA, Department of Neurology, Seminar, 1992

UCLA, Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, Colloquium, 1991

McGill University, Department of Psychology, 1990

 

UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND INTERESTS (*signifies a new course offering)

Texas A&M University

Graduate courses

Psychopathology – PSYC 626
Brain, Gender, & Psychopathology*  – PSYC 689

Undergraduate courses

Introductory Psychology – PSYC 107
Human Sexuality* – PSYC 489
Hormones and Behavior* – PSYC 489
Gender and Reproduction* – LBAR 204-200

University of New Orleans

Graduate courses

Gender Development
Methods in Developmental Psychology

Undergraduate courses

Adolescent Development
History and Methods
Human Sexuality
Introductory Psychology
Personality

 

PROFESSIONAL & UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Professional Contributions

Editorial Boards

Archives of Sexual Behavior (2001 – present)

Ad Hoc Journal Reviewing

Biological Psychology                                    Brain and Cognition
British Journal of Psychology                          Cognition
Developmental Psychology                             European Journal of Cognitive Psychology
Hormones and Behavior                                  Learning and Individual Differences
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry     Journal of Sex Research
Neuropsychologia                                          Perspectives in Psychological Science
Personality and Individual Differences              Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior
Psychological Science                                   Psychoneuroendocrinology

 

Research Grant Reviewer

National Science Foundation (Ad Hoc reviewer)

Professional Associations

International Society of Sex Research (Full Member)
Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (Full Member)

 

Academic Committees

University

Member, Women’s Studies Research Advisory Council (2002)

College

Member, College of Liberal Arts, Ad Hoc Committee for Civil Discourse (2009 – present)
Member, College of Liberal Arts, Ad Hoc Committee for Diversity & Pedagogy (2009 – present)
Member, College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Diversity Advisory Committee (2007 – present)

Department

Chair, Awards Committee (2010)
Chair, Africana Studies/Psychology Joint Position Search Committee (2008 – 2010)
Chair, Diversity Committee (2005 – present)

 

Member, Women’s Studies/Psychology Joint Position Search Committee (2007 – 2008)
Member, Advisory Committee (2007 – present)
Member, Social Search Committee (2006 – 2007)
Member, I/O Search Committee (2004 – 2005)
Member, Clinical Search Committee (2003 – 2004)
Member, Graduate Policy Committee (2003 – 2004)
Member, Clinical Curriculum Committee (2003 – 2004)