Rebecca Burch's program of research involves the evolutionary basis of human behavior (specifically domestic violence, psychopathology, and sexual behavior), including aspects of behavioral endocrinology and comparative psychology. One of my current research projects is investigating factors in domestic violence including sexual jealousy, the abusive individual's childhood, paternal uncertainty and the effect of paternal resemblance on spouse and child abuse, parenting behavior and investment. I am also interested in the effect of reproductive factors (pregnancy, menstrual cycle phase, hormonal contraceptive use, infertility) on behavior, as well as the role sexual activity itself plays in premenstrual syndrome, female sexual interest and activity, menstrual cycle length and variability, menstrual synchrony, and attitudes toward the sexual relationship. There are also factors in attractiveness, sexual behavior and infidelity that I find interesting and worthy of investigation.
Dr Burch is also the Conference and Programming Coordinator for Hart Global Living and Learning Center. As such, she organizes the annual Global Awareness Conference. She also teaches Topics in Global Human Development each semester, which focuses on such topics as Treatment of Women, Peace and Conflict, and Global Activism.
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