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Heather Molenda-Figueira

Associate Professor of Psychology

Office: D241 Science Building


Ph.D. - University of Massachusetts, Amherst
B.S. - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 


PSYC 200 - Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 255 - Psychology of Sexual Behavior
PSYC 325 - Physiological Psychology
PSYC/BIOL 388 - Animal Behavior
PSYC 490 - Seminar: Hormones and Behavior

Research Interests

My main area of research focuses on how endocrine-disrupting chemicals affect the brain and behavior. In particular, I use a rodent model to investigate how early developmental exposure to Bisphenol-S affects anxiety and reproductive function. Students who collaborate with me in research have gained many skills, including animal surgeries, behavior testing and analysis, neuroanatomy, histology and scientific manuscript preparation.

I also am interested in the interaction between sexual orientation and hormonal fluctuations in perceptions of what is deemed an attractive physical trait in humans. We are currently developing a project that investigates whether women who identify as lesbian or bisexual find more masculine facial traits more appealing around the time of ovulation, as studies suggest is the case for heterosexual women.

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