Gettler’s research focuses on the way in which men’s hormonal physiology responds to major life transitions, such as marriage and fatherhood. Dr. Gettler particularly focuses on the ways in which men’s hormones accommodate the demands of new parenthood, such as childcare. Dr. Gettler’s research is part of a large-scale project that began in Cebu City, Philippines, almost 30 years ago. He also has conducted research on the ways in which men’s hormonal physiology responds to father-child interactions on a minute-to-minute basis. Gettler uses both evolutionary and social theoretical approaches to help contextualize his findings, providing insights into the ways in which men’s biology has been shaped by our evolutionary past as well as how it is responsive to current cultural contexts.
Lee T. Gettler
Dept. of Anthropology | University of Notre Dame
Presentation: "Developmental Plasticity and Physiology in Family Systems"