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M. Karen Hambright, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Office: Academic Commons North 124

Dr. Hambright earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Biology in her home state at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She completed the Masters and Doctoral programs at the University of Georgia in Biopsychology under the guidance of Dr. Irwin Bernstein.

Trained as a Comparative Psychologist, she joined the faculty at College in 1997. While Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences from 2009-2012, Dr. Hambright spearheaded the development of the Psychology Baccalaureate degree program at the College. Currently, as a tenured Professor of Psychology, Dr. Hambright teaches both core and upper-level psychology courses and promotes student research. Dr. Hambright’s research interests were focused in primatology early on, particularly in regard to sexual behavior in macaques. More recently her interests include human sexuality, promoting healthy sexual behavior and decisions, the human-animal conflict, and conservation of primates via education.

Representative Publications:
Renner, E., Abramo, A.M., Hambright, M.K., & Phillips, K.M. (2017). Insightful problem solving and emulation in brown capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella). Animal Cognition, 20(3), 531-536.

Phillips, K.A., Hambright, M.K., Hewes, K., Schilder, B.M., Ross, C.N. & Tardif, S.D. (2015). Take the monkey and run. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 248, 27-31.

Hambright, M.K. & Gust, D. (2003). A descriptive analysis of a spontaneous dominance overthrow in a breeding colony of rhesus macaques. Laboratory Primate Newsletter (Peer reviewed journal of the National Institutes of Health), 42(1), 11-15.

Hambright, M.K. & Decker, J.D. (2002). The unprotected: The sexual harassment of lesbians and gays. In: L. Diamant & J. Lee (Eds.). The Psychology of Sex, Gender, and Jobs: Issues and Solutions. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Hambright, M.K. (1995). Sexual orientation: What have we learned from non-human primate research? In L. Diamant & R. McAnulty (Eds.), The psychology of sexual orientation, behavior, and identity: A handbook (pp. 136-161). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.

Gust, D.A., Gordon, T.P., Wilson, M.E., & Hambright, M.K. (1993). Social factors affect pituitary-adrenocortical activity in female rhesus monkeys. Hormones and Behavior, 27, 318-331.

Recent Presentations:
Hambright, M.K. and Wilson, A.L. (2017, March). Perceived attractivity of sexual cues: Sex differences vs. Erotic plasticity. Poster presented at the 63rd Annual South Eastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA (peer reviewed).

Hambright, M.K. and Brand, M.C. (2016). Development of a disaster preparedness for pets program in south coastal Georgia. Gulf South Service-Learning Summit, Savannah, GA.

Flores, J., Lairsey, J. & Hambright, M.K. (2105). A comparison between male and female Latino Americans on perception of spaying and neutering pets. Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Head, S.C., March 2015 (peer reviewed).

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