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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. She earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 2013, and an M.S. From Texas Christian University in 2020. Summer's seeks to better understand relationships between biology and behavior. To do so, she investigates relationships between biological factors (including hormones, hormonal contraceptive use, and immune function) and behaviors (including eating behavior, mate preferences, cognition, and decision-making).  After completing her degree, she hopes to continue to do research and is currently seeking post-doctoral opportunities abroad. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing board games, traveling, aerial silks, and spending time with her dog-child, Scrunchie.

Department of Psychology,
Texas Christian University

Publications

Accepted 

  • Mengelkoch, S., Gassen, J., Corrigan, E. K., & Hill, S. E. (2022). Exploring the links between personality and immune function. Personality and Individual Differences, 184, 111179.

  • Bradshaw, H. K., Mengelkoch, S., Espinosa, M., Darrell, A., & Hill, S. E. (2021). You are what you (are willing to) eat: Willingness to try new foods impacts perceptions of sexual  unrestrictedness and desirability. Personality and Individual Differences, 182, 111082.

  • Gassen, J., White, J. D., Peterman, J. L., Mengelkoch, S., Leyva, R. P. P., Prokosch, M. L., Eimerbrink, M. J., Brice, K., Cheek, D.J., Boehm, G.W. & Hill, S. E. (2021). Sex differences in the impact of childhood socioeconomic status on immune function. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-10.

  • Leyva, R. P. P., Mengelkoch, S., Gassen, J., Ellis, B. J., Russell, E. M., & Hill, S. E. (2020). Low socioeconomic status and eating in the absence of hunger in children aged 3–14. Appetite, 104755.

  • Gassen, J., Mengelkoch, S., Bradshaw, H. K., & Hill, S. E. (2020). Does the Punishment Fit the Crime (and Immune System)? A Potential Role for the Immune System in Regulating Punishment Sensitivity. Frontiers in Psychology, 11.

  • Bradshaw, H. K., Mengelkoch S., & Hill, S. E. (2020). Hormonal Contraceptive Use Predicts Decreased Perseverance and Performance on Simple and Cognitively Taxing Tasks. Hormones and Behavior. 119, 104652.

  • Mengelkoch, S. & Hill, S. E. (2020). Early Life Disadvantage, Phenotypic Programming, and Health Disparities. Current Opinion in Psychology.  32, 32-37.

  • 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.

Summitted

  • Mengelkoch, S., Cunningham, K., Gassen, J., & Hill, S. E. Tradeoffs between investment in health and reproduction using FLO app cycle tracking data. Manuscript under review at Psychological Science.

  • Mengelkoch, S., Gassen, J., Prokosch, M.L., Boehm, G. W., & Hill, S. E. More than just a pretty face? Relationship between attractiveness and health. Invited resubmission under review at Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

  • Cunningham, K., Mengelkoch, S., Gassen, J., & Hill, S. E. Early Life Adversity, Inflammation, and Immune Function: A Critical Test of Adaptive Response Models of Immunological Programming. Manuscript under review at Development and Psychopathology.

  • Tolliver, M., Mengelkoch, S., Cunningham, K., Hill, S. E., & Makhanova, A. The relationship between hormonal contraceptive use and unrestricted sexual attitudes: Different progestins predict different effects. Manuscript submitted to Hormones & Behavior.

Research Talks 

You can watch my talk, "Pack extra condoms in your go bag: An investigation into  women’s libido after discontinuing hormonal contraceptive use" at about 41:40 into this video!

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  • Mengelkoch, S. (November 2021). Invited Speaker. Mechanism Behind the Madness: Increased Perceptual Acuity for Mating Related Stimuli Across the Cycle Driven by Shifts in Estradiol. ASU graduate student speaker series. Virtual Event.

  • Mengelkoch, S., Gassen, J., Hill, S. E. (July 2021) Early-life stress predicts glucocorticoid insensitivity in adulthood: an experimental, in vivo investigation. Talk accepted to the annual meeting of the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS). Virtual event.

  • Mengelkoch, S., Gassen, J., Hill, S. E. (July 2021) Early-life stress predicts glucocorticoid insensitivity in adulthood: an experimental, in vivo investigation. Talk accepted to the annual meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health (ISEMPH). Virtual event.

  • Mengelkoch, S. (May 2021). Invited Discussant. Economics & Biology Workshop hosted by the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse and the Toulouse School of Economics. Topic: “Fertility: Causes & Consequences”. Virtual Event.

  • Mengelkoch, S. & Hill, S. E. (March 2021). Distressed About the Stress Response: The Impact of Hormonal Contraceptive Use on Women’s Responses to Stress. Talk accepted to Texas Christian University’s St. Patrick’s Day Research Social. Virtual Event.

  • Mengelkoch, S. & Hill, S. E. (October 2020). Is it just a pretty face? The Relationship Between Perceptions of Facial Attractiveness, Perceptions of Health, and Functional Measures of Immunocompetence. Data blitz. Texas Christian University’s Halloween Research Social. Virtual Event.

  • Mengelkoch, S., Cunningham, K., & Hill, S. E. (October 2020). Pack extra condoms in your go bag: An investigation into women’s libido after discontinuing hormonal contraceptive use. Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting (ZAMM). Virtual Conference.

  • Mengelkoch, S. & Hill, S. E. (June 2020). Early Life Environments, Health, Inflammation, and Impulsivity in Children. Data blitz. Corona Stole my Conference Online Graduate Student Research Symposium. Virtual Conference.

  • 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. 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. 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. Data blitz. 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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