Laboratory Director


Dr. Byrd-Craven received her Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of Missouri.  She joined the OSU Psychology Department in the fall of 2007.  Her primary research interest is the impact of social dynamics on the activity of the stress response systems.  Current research projects examine the influence of same-sex peer interactions on stress and immune system reactivity.  Evolutionary theory is used as a framework for understanding the interaction between biology and social dynamics.  Other research interests include sex differences in social cognition and stress response, and resilience to early adversity.

About Dr. Byrd-Craven


Jennifer Byrd-Craven, PhD.

Lifespan Developmental Psychology

116 North Murray

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK 74078

ph: [405] 744-2914

Information for Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate students interested in working with me should apply to the Ph.D. program in Lifespan Developmental Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University.  You should contact me prior to sending your application.  More information can be found at

Information for Prospective Undergraduate Lab Assistants

Undergraduate research assistants who work in my lab get experience with entering data, developing protocols, running experiments, and coding video data.  Students also get experience preparing saliva assays.  Students typically enroll in Psychology 4990: Special Problems.  If you are interested in joining the lab team, please contact me via email to determine if there are any current openings.