OU establishes Center for Evolutionary Psychological Science – 2021 – Department of Psychology – OU Magazine – News – News at OU

With a focus on promoting interdisciplinary research among students and faculty, and engaging the public with diverse perspectives, Oakland University has established a new Center for Evolutionary Psychological Science. The Center will foster collaborative research within and across colleges and schools at OU, and also with faculty and students at other universities, both nationally and abroad. 

At its core, the Center is closely aligned with Oakland University’s mission to impact Michigan and the world through education, research, scholarship and creative activity, according to Britt Rios-Ellis, OU’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.

“Oakland University and its Department of Psychology have a longstanding commitment not only to fostering the success of students and faculty, but also to offering events and programs that advance public understanding of socially and academically relevant topics,” Rios-Ellis said. “These include everything from death and morality, to crime and war, to racism and sexual violence. A cornerstone of the Center’s mission will be to examine these topics from an evolutionary perspective.” 

Todd Shackelford

Todd Shackelford

Under the leadership of its founding director, Todd Shackelford, the Center will also serve as a means to recruit and retain top evolutionary scientists, as well as students who are interested in the subject. 

“The Center’s founding sends a powerful message that OU is a place for those who are interested in research and dialogue on evolutionary psychology,” said Shackelford, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Psychology. “There are
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