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Adriene Beltz

Adriene Beltz is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan, which has one of the most prestigious developmental psychology areas in the nation. Her postdoctoral appointment was completed in 2016 in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies with Peter Molenaar. To date, Adriene has had 21 publications appearing as first author on 11 and second author on 8. Within the last year, she was also inducted into the New Biobehavioral Science of Puberty international working group as an Early Career Scholar member and added to the editorial board of Hormones and Behavior.

Adriene received her doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology, specializing in social, cognitive, and affective neuroscience under the mentorship of Sheri Berenbaum at Penn State. The title of her dissertation was, "Sex differences in the resting state brain function of cigarette smokers and links with smoking-related behavior." Her Master’s degree is in Experimental Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University. Adriene is a quantitative developmentalist interested in sex hormone influences on the brain and gendered behaviors.

As a graduate student, Adriene received the Outstanding Publication by a Graduate Student Award from the Psychology Department, a Superior Teaching and Research Award and an RGSO Dissertation Support Grant from the College of the Liberal Arts. She also received a Graduate Research Scholarship from the American Psychological Foundation.

As a Strumpf Scholar, Adriene used the scholarship funds to attain the equipment and training she needed for a series of research projects that formed the basis for several publications as well as her dissertation research. Although her Strumpf funding ended, her continued progress shows the positive impact the scholarship had for her.