Catherine Salmon

Assoc Professor, Psychology

Degrees: Ph.D., Psychology, McMaster University, 1997; BSc., Biology, McMaster University, 1992

Office: Psychology, Larsen Hall #135

Phone: 909/748-8672




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Current Research and Areas of Expertise

  • Areas of expertise are evolutionary psychology, and human sexuality
  • Primary research interests include birth order and the family, reproductive suppression and dieting behavior, and female sexuality, particularly with regard to prostitution and pornography

Professional Background Highlights

Dr. Salmon is the co-author (with Donald Symons) of "Warrior Lovers: Erotic Fiction, Evolution and Female Sexuality." She has written chapters in numerous books including Buss’ Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology and is the book review editor of the journal Evolutionary Psychology, as well as the co-editor of the books Evolutionary Psychology: Public Policy and Personal Decisions (with Charles Crawford) and Family Psychology: An Evolutionary Perspective (with Todd Shackelford).

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Human Sexuality
  • Psychology of Criminal Behavior

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • University of Redlands Faculty Grant: 2005-2006, 2007-2008
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship: 2001-2003
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada) Post-Doctoral Fellowship: 1999-2001

Publications, Presentations and Panels

Salmon, C. A. (2015).  The impact of prenatal testosterone on female interest in slash fiction.  Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 9, 161-169.

Salmon, C. A. & Hehman, J. (2015).  Sibling conflict:  The role of relatedness, sex, and sources of conflict.  Evolutionary Psychological Sciences, 1, 123-129.

Salmon, C. A. (in press).  Is female competition at the heart of reproductive suppression and eating disorders?  In M. Fisher (Ed.), Oxford Handbook on Women and Competition.  New York:  Oxford University Press.

Salmon, C. A., & Hehman, J. A.  (2014).  The evolutionary psychology of sibling conflict and siblicide.  In T. K. Shackelford & R. D. Hansen (Eds.),  The Evolution of Violence (pp. 137-157).  New York:  Springer.

Fisher, M., & Salmon, C. (2013).  Mom, Dad, meet my mate:  An evolutionary perspective on the introduction of parents and mates.  Journal of Family Studies, 19, 99-107.

Salmon, C. & Diamond, A.  (2012).  Evolutionary perspectives on the content analysis of heterosexual and homosexual pornography.  Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 6(2), 193-202.

Salmon, C. A.  (2012).  The pop culture of sex:  An evolutionary window on the worlds of pornography and romance.  Review of General Psychology, 16, 152-160.

Fisher, M. & Salmon, C. A.  (2012).  Human nature and pop culture.  Review of General Psychology, 16, 104-108.

Salmon, C. A.  (2012).  The world of sports entertainment:  Evolutionary drama in the squared circle.  The Evolutionary Review, 3(1), 108-115.

Salmon, C. A., Shackelford, T. K., & Michalski, R.  (2012).  Birth order, sex of child, and perceptions of parental favortism.  Personality and Individual Differences, 52, 357-362.

Salmon, C.A., & Schumann, K. (2011).  The Secret Power of Middle Children. Hudson St. Press.

Salmon, C. A. & Malcolm, J.  (2011).  Parent-offspring conflict.  In C. A. Salmon & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.),  Tyhe Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psuchology.  Oxford University Press.

Salmon, C. A. & Shackelford, T. K.  (2011).  Towards an evolutionary psychology of the family.  In C. A. Salmon & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.),  The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology.  Oxford University Press.

Gorelik, G., Shackelford, T.K., & Salmon, C.A. (2010). New horizons in the evolutionary science of the human family. Review of General Psychology, 14, 330-339.  

Salmon, C. A., Figueredo, A. J., & Woodburn, L. (2009). Life history strategy and disordered eating behavior. Evolutionary Psychology, 7, 585-600. 

 Salmon, C. A., Crawford, C. B., Dane, L., & Zuberbier, O. (2008).  Ancestral mechanisms in modern environments: Impact of competition and stress on body image and dieting behavior. Human Nature, 19, 103-117.

Salmon, C. A., Crawford, C. B., & Walters, S. (2008). Anorexic behavior, female competition, and stress: Developing the Female Competition Stress Test." Evolutionary Psychology, 6, 96-112.

Salmon, C. A. (2008). The world’s oldest profession: Evolutionary insights into prostitution. In J. Duntley & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Evolutionary forensic psychology (pp. 121-135). Oxford University Press.

Salmon, C. A. & Crawford, C. B. (2008). Evolutionary psychology: The historical context. In C. Crawford & D. Krebs (Eds.), Foundations of evolutionary psychology: Ideas, issues, applications, and findings (pp. 1-21). Erlbaum.

Salmon, C. A. (2008).  Heroes and hos' reflections of male and female sexual natures. In C. Crawford & D. Krebs (Eds.), Foundations of evolutionary psychology: Ideas, issues, applications, and findings (pp. 281-290). Erlbaum.

Salmon, C. A. (2007).  Big brothers and little sisters? Sex selection and birth order. Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 15 (supplement 1), 12-17.

Salmon, C. A. & Shackelford, T. K. (2007).   Family relationships: An evolutionary perspective. Oxford University Press.

Salmon, C. A. (2005). Parental investment and parent-offspring conflict. In D. Buss (Ed.), The evolutionary psychology handbook (pp. 506-527). New York: Wiley.

Salmon, C. A. & Clerc, S. (2005).  Ladies Love Wrestling, Too': Female Wrestling Fans Online. In Steel Chair to the Head: The Pleasure and Pain of Professional Wrestling (N. Sammond ed). Duke University Press. Pp. 167-191.

Salmon, C. A. & Symons, D. (2004).  Slash fiction and human mating psychology. Journal of Sex Research, 41(1), 94-100.

Salmon, C.A. (2003).  Birth order and relationships: Family, friends and sexual partners. Human Nature, 14(1), 73-88.

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