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Dr. Byrd-Craven's Lab


The Byrd-Craven Psychobiology Lab studies the neuroendocrine underpinnings of human social behavior. We examine a variety of relationships, including female friendships, family, and mating relationships. We employ interdisciplinary methods to uncover the interplay between social context and neuroendocrine responses.

Oklahoma Center for Evolutionary ANalysis (OCEAN)

OCEAN LogoThe Byrd-Craven Psychobiology lab is one of several labs in Psychology and Integrative Biology holding joint graduate lab meetings and furthering the OCEAN mission:


  1. Engage in interdisciplinary research.
  2. Train future research faculty and graduate students, including those from groups underrepresented in the sciences.
  3. Undertaking educational outreach via the FOSSIL conference.

Join Our Lab

Dr. Byrd-Craven anticipates accepting a graduate student for the Fall of 2023. Application deadline is December 1, 2022.


Research Assistants

Undergraduate research assistants who work in my lab get experience with:


  • Entering Data
  • Developing Protocols
  • Running Experiments
  • Coding Video Data
  • Students also get experience preparing saliva assays.

Students typically enroll in Psychology 4990: Special Problems. Advanced students will get experience presenting our research at conferences.


We hold bi-weekly lab meetings to discuss ongoing projects, applying to graduate school and presenting research. If you are interested in joining the lab team, please contact me via email to determine if there are any current openings.


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