Christine Garver-Apgar, PhD
I earned my doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2008 and subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Institute for Behavioral Genetics in 2011. I then served as the senior statistician for a research group within the Department of Psychiatry at Anschutz Medical School until 2014. As Research Associate for the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, I help develop, implement, and oversee statistical methods and data management processes for evaluating program outcomes – both for our own program as well as partner agencies. I also assist with grant development, manuscript preparation, presentation development, and other research activities.
Most of my research career has focused on understanding human behavior using theories grounded in evolutionary biology and genetics. Work in this field has generated new insights into the human condition on such diverse topics as the etiology of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression, cognition and decision-making, consumer behavior, social prejudice, food and drug addictions, and religiosity (to name a few). My own research has focused primarily on the psychology of romantic relationship dynamics and conflicts, and on the genetics of attraction. I have also examined the role played by reproductive hormones in regulating men and women’s adaptive, reproductive psychology.
I have been fortunate in my career to work with colleagues conducting sophisticated research on a broad range of human wellness topics, but I am truly excited and deeply grateful for the opportunity to bring my research skills to bear in a more applied setting. When it comes to disseminating results and discoveries from academic research related to human health and well-being – research that can have immediate and positive impact in people’s lives – I believe there often exists a gap between the “ivory tower” and the societal organizations that are in the best positions to utilize such information. It is a joy and a privilege to be a part of a program committed to closing that gap!
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