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Adriene M. Beltz, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Psychology
  • Research Faculty Affiliate, CHGD
  • 2227 East Hall
    530 Church Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109

  • abeltz@umich.edu

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The goal of Dr. Beltz’s research is to leverage network analysis techniques to uncover how the brain mediates sex hormone influences on gendered behavior across the lifespan.  Thus, there are quantitative and substantive components to her work. Quantitative work concerns creating and applying connectivity analyses, such as unified structural equation models, to time series data; these are intensive longitudinal data, including functional neuroimages, daily diaries, and observations. Substantive work concerns investigating the links between androgens (e.g., testosterone) and estradiol at key developmental periods, such as puberty, on behaviors that typically show sex differences, including aspects of cognition (e.g., mental rotations and verbal fluency) and psychopathology (e.g., substance use and depression). Most of Adriene’s research comes from a person-specific perspective, owing to the heterogeneity that exists across people, gendered processes, and time.