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The Close Relationships Interest Group will be hosting David Schmitt, Professor and Department Head at Kansas State University. Read more about Dr. Schmitt below.

David P. Schmitt is the Department Head at Kansas State University. Previously, he served as the Director of the Centre for Culture and Evolution within Brunel University London’s College of Health, Medicine, and Life Sciences from September 2017 to July 2023.

Professor Schmitt received his Ph.D. in personality psychology from the University of Michigan in 1995. He is Founding Director of the International Sexuality Description Project, an interdisciplinary collaboration involving 100s of psychologists, biologists, and anthropologists from around the world who seek to understand how gender, culture, and personality combine to influence mental health and well-being. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles on human sexual diversity and his work having been cited over 23,000 times. His academic honors include receiving the Samuel Rothberg Professional Excellence Award in 2006, the Caterpillar Research Excellence Award in 2008, and in a 2013 systematic review of scholarly publications in the 2000s (published in Review of General Psychology), he was distinguished as the most frequently cited scholar within the field of cross-cultural psychology. In 2016, he was awarded the Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award from the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality for making important theoretical advances in sexology with his work, “The Evolution of Culturally-Variable Sex Differences.” He has served on several Editorial Boards, including Archives of Sexual Behavior, Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, Evolutionary Psychological Science, Sexualities, Evolution & Gender: An International Journal of Feminist and Evolutionary Standpoints, and he currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the new journal, Culture and Evolution. He has been elected a member of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, is a Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and currently serves as president of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society.

Event Details

  • Topic: "How Not to Think about “Evolved” Sexuality: On Avoiding the Toxic Tetrad of Misunderstanding Evolution and the Generation of Gendered Psychology"

  • When: October 27th, 2023

  • Please let us know if you are interested in attending. More details to follow.

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