Summer       Mengelkoch

Summer Mengelkoch is a PhD student in experimental social psychology at Texas Christian University, She currently works in Dr. Sarah E. Hill's lab, and earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 2013. Summer's research interests include using evolutionary principles and life history theory to understand human behavior. She is specifically interested in studying how disease, inflammation, and immune function affect human behavior and romantic relationships. After completing her degree, she hopes to continue to do research and teach at a university. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing board games, traveling, and spending time with her dog-child, Scrunchie.

Department of Psychology, Texas Christian University

Publications

Accepted 

  • Gassen, J., Proffitt Leyva, R.P., Mengelkoch, S., White, J., Peterman, J., Prokosch, M.L.,

Bradshaw, H.K., Eimerbrink, M., Cheek, D. J., Boehm, G.W., & Hill, S.E. (2019). Day length predicts investment in human immune function: Shorter days yield greater investment. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 107, 141-147.

  • Mengelkoch, S. & Hill, S. E. (2019). Early Life Disadvantage, Phenotypic Programming,

and Health Disparities. Current Opinion in Psychology.

  • Bradshaw, H. K., Mengelkoch S., & Hill, S. E. (in press). Hormonal Contraceptive Use

Predicts Decreased Perseverance and Performance on Simple and Cognitively Taxing Tasks. Hormones and Behavior.

Submitted

  • Gassen, J., Hill, S.E., Prokosch, M.L., Eimerbrink, M., Mengelkoch, S., White, J., Proffitt

Leyva, R.P., Peterman, J., Brice, K., & Boehm, G.W. The Impact of Low Childhood Socioeconomic Status on Immune Function Differs by Sex. Manuscript submitted to Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Research Talks 

  • Mengelkoch S., Bradshaw, H. K., & Hill, S. E. (August 2019). Hormonal Contraceptive Use

Predicts Decreased Perseverance and Performance on Simple and Cognitively Taxing Tasks. Data blitz talk accepted to the annual meeting of the Flyover State Scientists Integrating EvoLution (FOSSIL). Stillwater, Oklahoma.

  • Mengelkoch, S., Gassen, J., & Hill, S. E. (June 2019). More than Just a Pretty Face: The

relationship between facial attractiveness and three key measures of immunocompetence. Talk accepted to the annual meeting of Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference (HBES). Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Mengelkoch, S., Hill, S.E., (July 2018) Are healthy dates sexier mates? Exploring

relationships between men’s health and mate value. Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference (HBES). Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • Mengelkoch, S., Hill, S.E., Gassen, J., Prokosch, M.L., Eimerbrink, M., White, J., Proffitt

Leyva, R.P., Peterman, J., & Boehm, G.W. (July 2018) But Baby It’s Cold Outside: Seasonal Differences in Immune Function and Reproductive Investment in Humans. Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference (HBES). Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • Mengelkoch, S., Hill, S.E., & Gassen, J. (June 2018) More than Just a Pretty Face:

Relationships Between Facial Attractiveness, Health, and Immune Function. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History: PUBlic Knowledge series. Fort Worth, Texas.

  • Mengelkoch, S., Hill, S.E. (April 2018) Does a pretty face lead to healthier dates? The

relationship between Attractiveness, health, and immune function. Three-Minute Thesis Competition, Texas Christian University

  • Mengelkoch, S., Hill, S.E., Gassen, J., Prokosch, M.L., Eimerbrink, M., White, J., Proffitt

Leyva, R.P., Peterman, J., Boehm, G.W. (March 2018) More than just a pretty face: Relationships facial attractiveness, health, and immuncompetence. Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference (SPSP). Atlanta, GA.

  • Mengelkoch, S., Hill, S.E. (November 2017) Does a pretty face lead to healthier dates? The

relationship between attractiveness and health. Three-Minute Thesis Competition, Texas Christian University, College of Science & Engineering.

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