Dr. Eric Steiner

College of Letters and Sciences

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College of Letters and Sciences

Dr. Eric Steiner

I graduated with an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. My doctoral dissertation examined testosterone and vasopressin in men's reproductive behaviors, and my master's thesis investigated men's testosterone responses to poker competition. I am originally from Canada where I received a Bachelor of Commerce in General Management from the University of Calgary.


I currently teach Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, and Biological Psychology. It is a privilege to share the work of scientists with students in order that they better understand human behavior. Psychology is exciting and my goal is to communicate that excitement by engaging students and encouraging them to become active participants in their own learning.


My research interests span the fields of social, biological, and evolutionary psychology, and human sexuality. Topics of interest include mating and parenting behaviors, hormone-behavior relationships, human-animal interactions, and sex differences. Examples of specific projects include examinations of sex differences in: offspring protection aggression, perceptions of deception, and pet preferences.


Steiner, E. T. (2016). Offspring protection: When the sex difference in physical aggression may disappear. Evolutionary Psychology, 14, 1–8.

Shepherd, C., Parker, J., & Steiner, E. T. (2015). The overuse of mobile devices and their detrimental psychological effects on individuals. International Journal of Arts & Sciences, 8, 591–596.

Meana, M., & Steiner, E. T. (2014). Hidden disorder/hidden desire: Presentations of low sexual desire in men. In Y. M. Binik & K. Hall (Eds.), Principles and practice of sex therapy (5th ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Steiner, E. T., Hall, P., Downing, C., Hurton, D., & Gray, P. B. (2013). Raising canine: Cross-species parallels in parental investment. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 1, 38–54.

Steiner, E. T., & Ashcraft, M. H. (2012). Three brief assessments of math achievement. Behavior Research Methods, 44, 1101–1109.

Silver, N. C., Steiner, E. T., & Guillaume, M. M. (2011). SAMPAL: A program for determining sample sizes for testing and estimating coefficient alpha and for comparing two alpha coefficients. Applied Psychological Measurement, 36, 151–152.

Steiner, E. T., Meana, M., Barchard, K. A., Hadi, F., & Gray, P. B. (2010). The deal on men’s testosterone responses to poker competition. Current Psychology, 29, 45–51.