vita

Degrees

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Auburn University, 2013

M.A., Law, Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, 1997

B.S., M.A., Biology, Vitebsk State University, 1987

B.S., M.A., Chemistry, Vitebsk State University, 1987 

Teaching Interests

Educational Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Evolutionary Psychology
Personality and Individual Differences
Psychological Tests and Measurement

Research Interests

Educational Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Evolutionary Psychology
Personality and Individual Differences

 

I am multidisciplinary scientist who studies how evolution has shaped the human mind and

interested in how human`s educability, which is qualitatively different from the learning capacity

of other species, is governed by specific neuropsychological and physiological mechanisms. In

particular, I am puzzled by how the presence of same and opposite sex individuals influence both

sexes neuroendocrinological response and how hormones and behavior, exerting a reciprocal

effect on one another, calibrate behaviors involved in learning. To elucidate these and other

phenomena, I conducted both experimental and correlational studies, and assess characteristics

such as hormone levels, potential mate preferences and cognitive abilities.

 

Recent Publications

Chesser, S., Forbes, S. A., & Grilliot, M. E (2014). (Submitted, manuscript ID is EBS-2014-0125). When the boys meet the girls: investigation of both sexes cortisol responses to social interactions in educational settings. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.

 

 Forbes, S. A., Chesser, S., & Guarino, A. J. (2013). A Proof of Concept Study on Cortisol

Response to Three Different Educational Environs (Alone, Same-Sex, and Mixed-Sex). Creative

Education 2013. Vol.4, No.4A, 9-10. Published Online April 2013 in SciRes (http://www.scirp.org/journal/ce)

 

Forbes, S. A., Ross, M. E., & Chesser, S. (2011). Single-subject designs and action research in

the K-12 setting. Educational Research and Evaluation Vol. 17, Iss. 3, 2011

 

Chesser, S., Forbes, S. A., Andrzejewski ,C . (February, 2014) Advancing multidisciplinary

perspective on current educational issues: initial insight on the role of biology in the debate of

single vs. mixed sex education. Presentation at the 66th annual meeting of the Southeast

Philosophy of Education Society (SEPES).Decatur, Georgia.

 

Chesser, S., Forbes, S. A. (February, 2013). Sex matters: integrated approach to the

investigation of single sex and coeducational environments. Presentation at the 16th Annual

Meeting of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS.) Las Vegas,

Nevada.

 

Chesser, S., Forbes, S. A., Ahuja, M., Dhanasekaran, M., & Guarino, A.J. (June, 2012).

Investigation of an organism`s endocrine response to the presence of opposite sex individuals

using cortisol as a biomarker. Poster presentation at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Human

Behavior and Evolution Society. Albuquerque, NM

 

Chesser, S., Forbes, S. A., Ahuja, M., Dhanasekaran, M., & Guarino, A. J. (March, 2012).

Cortisol response of an organism to the presence of opposite sex individuals in educational

environs. Poster presentation at the 22nd Annual Graduate Scholars Forum. Auburn University,

Alabama.

 

Chesser, S., Forbes, S. A., Ahuja, M., Dhanasekaran, M., & Guarino, A. J. (November, 2011).

Investigation of intra-individual response of the stress hormone cortisol to varying educational

environments (single vs. mixed sex groupings). Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the

Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC.