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Jessica D. Ayers

(she/ her/ her's)
Assistant Professor of Psychological Science, Boise State University

I study the behavioral manifestations of genetic conflict (it's a mouthful, I know). To understand what that means, think back to biology 101: We get half of our genes from our mom and half from our dad. This combination results in a novel individual with a totally unique genetic profile! Turns out, that's not the end of the story. Throughout development, our genes continue to interact with each other: sometimes they agree and sometimes they disagree. These "arguments" impact the way an individual grows, develops, and behaves over their lifespan. My work detects these genetic "disagreements" and examines how they influence important components of an individual's life, including their development and romantic relationships.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor, Boise State University


  • 2022 
    Arizona State University, Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
  • 2016 
    California State University, Fullerton, Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology
  • 2013 
    California State University, Fullerton, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Anthropology