• Who We Are

    Principal Investigator | Lab Director

    Jaimie Arona Krems, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Psychology (Experimental)

    Oklahoma State University

    Ph.D., Social Psychology (Arizona State University)

    M.Sc., Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology (University of Oxford)

    M.L.A., focus in biological bases of behavior (University of Pennsylvania)

    A.B., Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology (Bryn Mawr College)


    Dr. Krems is a social psychologist with interdisciplinary training.


    Her research draws on theoretical perspectives from social psychology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology and anthropology, as well as animal behavior to investigate how people use cues to strategically navigate their social worlds and meet their social goals. Her work primarily focuses on (a) female sociality and (b) the use of interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks to challenge our understanding of 'classic' topics in social psychology (e.g., stereotyping and prejudice).


    Much of her work on sociality (e.g., friendship, aggression) is driven by thinking first about women's sociality. Historically, social science research often assumed men's cognition and behavior to be the default. Thinking systematically about women and some of the sex-typical challenges they have recurrently faced (e.g., pregnancy, aggressing while avoiding retaliation) generates novel research directions and facilitates the discovery of phenomena that both sexes engage in (e.g., modes of friendship maintenance, status competition).









    Graduate Student

    Ashley M. Rankin, M.S.

    Graduate Student (Experimental)

    Funded via NSF-GRFP

    Ashley is a last-year student working with Dr. Byrd-Craven and Dr. Krems. Her primary research investigates in how individuals choose to allocate their resources to different types of social relationships (e.g., friendships, strategic allies, romantic partners) as well as the psychobiology underlying friendship quality--especially among women.







    Graduate Student | Lab Manager

    Laureon A. Merrie, M.S.

    Graduate Student (Experimental)

    Coordinator, Social & Evolutionary Psychology Lab

    Laureon is a second-year graduate student working with Dr. Krems and Dr. Byrd-Craven. Her interests are in female sociality, and in pairing both feminist and evolutionary perspectives to explore overlooked aspects of women's behavior. Given the importance of information (e.g., secrets, gossip) in female social relationships, Laureon's recent work has focused on understanding the rules governing when we share information, and how the sharing of privileged information is perceived.


    Graduate Student

    Devanshi Patel

    Graduate Student (Clinical)

    Social & Evolutionary Psychology Lab

    Devanshi is a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical program conducting research on social perceptions of parenting and stigma toward parents with Dr. Krems. Her thesis examines whether--and why--parents of children with obesity are stigmatized, and her future work will take intersectional approaches to understanding the role that body shape--along with target identity features (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity) play in weight stigma.



    Undergraduate RA Team

    The Krems Lab is lucky to have a vibrant, engaged group of undergraduate RAs: Abigail Ferrell, Garrett Dugan, Anna Crosswhite, Malina Lemmons, De'ja Broyles, Kathryn Tierney, Brett Keenan, Bailey Crocker, Callie Pollett, Taylor Gladney, Miranda Koskela. (Zoom Lab Meeting, Spring 2020)


    Fall 2020 Undergradaute Lab Manager: Abigail Ferrell



    The Krems Lab is one of several across Departments of Psychology and Integrative Biology, taking part in joint graduate lab meetings and furthering the OCEAN mission to: (1) conduct interdisciplinary research; (2) provide graduate students for careers as future faculty; (3) engage in educational outreach with the FOSSIL Conference + OCEAN Speaker Series

  • Lab Alumni

    Graduate Students

    • Dr. Jarrod Bock, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Towson University 


    Undergraduate Students

    • Mikayla Tolliver, graduate student (Psychology) at University of Arkansas
    • Garrett Dugan, graduate student (Political Science/Psychology) at University of Nebraska - Lincoln
    • Darling Arredondo, graduate student (Counseling) at Oklahoma State University

    Not listed and want to be? Email Dr. Krems!

  • Collaborators

    Meet some of the people our lab works with:

    The Sznycer Lab at University of Montreal

    PI: Daniel Sznycer

    The Computational Mate Choice Lab at University of California, Santa Barbara

    PI: Daniel Conroy-Beam

    Stigma & Motivation Lab at The University of Toronto

    PI: Rebecca Neel

    Evolution and Social Cognition (ESC) Lab at The University of Colorado, Boulder

    PI: Eric Pedersen

    The Psychology, Evolution, & Law Lab at Hamilton College

    PI: Keelah E. G. Williams

    The Culture and Ecology Lab at Arizona State University

    PI: Michael Varnum

    ThePolitics and Evolution Lab at Aarhus University

    PI: Michael Bang Petersen

    Nicole Hess, Ph.D. at Washington State University

    The Brain and Behaviour Lab at McMaster University

    PI: Tracy Vaillancourt

    Evolutionary Social Cognition Lab at Arizona State University

    PIs: Steven Neuberg, Douglas Kenrick, Vaughn Becker

    Cooperation & Conflict Lab at Arizona State University

    PI: Athena Aktipis

    Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group at The University of Oxford

    PI: Prof. Robin I. M. Dunbar

    The General Experimental Laboratory at St. Mary's University

    PI: Maryanne Fisher