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University of Texas at Austin and College of Liberal Arts

Psychology Department

Robert Josephs, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

bob josephs

Phone: 471-9788
Office: SEA 3.204

See also: Social and Personality, Clinical

Dr. Josephs plans to admit a new clinical doctoral student for Fall of 2013.

Dr. Josephs heads the Social Endocrinology Laboratory at UT-Austin. 
He is also a member of UT-Austin’s Institute for Neuroscience.


Our research objective is to explore the psychological mechanisms underlying such clinical outcomes as alcohol use disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, and PTSD. Experiments conducted in our lab and other labs show that studying the person in the appropriate environment (person-environment interaction) is one of the crucial keys to understanding mechanism and outcome. We use techniques from human neuroendocrinology, molecular genetics, and social psychology. Our most recent finding shows that predeployment levels of testosterone and cortisol interact with war zone stress to predict symptoms of anxiety disorder in soldiers deployed in Iraq.

Selected Representative Publications include:

Articles listed below as "in press" will be available soon as PDF downloads.

Liening, S.H., Mehta, P.H., & Josephs, R.A. (in press). Competition. To appear in The Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, edited by Vilanayur S Ramachandran. New York: Academic Press. PDF

Josephs, R.A., Telch, M.J., Hixon, J.G., Evans, J.J., Lee, H., Knopik, V.S., McGeary, J.E., Hariri, A.R., & Beevers, C.G. (2012). Genetic and hormonal sensitivity to threat: Testing a serotonin transporter genotype x testosterone interaction. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37, 752-761. PDF

Ristvedt, S.L., Josephs, R.A., & Liening, S.H. (2012). Endogenous testosterone levels are associated with assessments of unfavourable health information. Psychology and Health, 1–8, iFirst. PDF

Josephs, R.A. "Cortisol." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2011. Web. 4 Nov. 2011. PDF

Josephs, R.A., Mehta, P.H., & Carre, J.M. (2011). Gender and social environment modulate the effects of testosterone on social behavior: comment on Eisenegger et al. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15(11), 509-10. PDF

Mehta, P.H., & Josephs, R.A. (2011). Social Endocrinology. In D. Dunning (Ed.), The Handbook of Social Motivation (pp. 171-190). New York: Psychology Press. PDF

Slatcher, R.B., Mehta, P.H., & Josephs, R.A. (2011). Testosterone and Self-Reported Dominance Interact to Influence Human Mating Behavior. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2(5), 531-539. PDF

Giancola, P.R., Josephs, R.A., Parrott, D.J., & Duke, A.A. (2010). Alcohol Myopia Revisited: Clarifying Aggression and Other Acts of Disinhibition Through a Distorted Lens. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5(3), 265-278. PDF

Liening, S.H. & Josephs, R.A. (2010). It Is Not Just About Testosterone: Physiological Mediators and Moderators of Testosterone’s Behavioral Effects. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4/11, 982-994. PDF

Mehta, P.H. & Josephs, R.A. (2010). Testosterone and cortisol jointly regulate dominance: Evidence for a dual-hormone hypothesis. Hormones and Behavior, 58, 898-906. PDF

Rivers, J.J., & Josephs, R.A. (2010). Dominance and health. In A. Guinote and T.K. Vescio (Eds.), The Social Psychology of Power (pp. 87-112). New York: Guilford Press. PDF

Giancola, P.R, Josephs, R.A., & Dewall, N. (2009). Applying the Attention-Allocation Model to the Explanation of Alcohol-Related Aggression: Implications for Prevention. Substance Use and Misuse, 44, 1263-1278. PDF

Josephs, R.A. (2009). Moving beyond dichotomies in research on oral contraceptives: A comment on Edwards and O'Neal. Hormones & Behavior, 56, 193-194. PDF

Mehta, P.H., Wuehrmann, E.V., & Josephs, R.A. (2009). When Are Low Testosterone Levels Advantageous?: The Moderating Role of Individual Versus Intergroup Competition. Hormones & Behavior, 56, 158-162. PDF

Newman, M.L. & Josephs, R.A. (2009). Testosterone as a Personality Variable. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 258-259. PDF

van Honk, J., Aarts, H., Josephs, R.A., & Schutter, D.J.L.G. (2009). Sex differences in "social" and mathematical cognition: An endocrine perspective. Netherlands Journal of Psychology, 64, 177-183. PDF

Mehta, P.H., Jones, A.C., & Josephs, R.A. (2008). The Social Endocrinology of Dominance: Basal Testosterone Predicts Cortisol Changes and Behavior Following Victory and Defeat. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94(6), 1078–1093. PDF

Mehta, P. H., & Josephs, R. A. (2007). Testosterone. In R. Baumeister & K. D. Vohs (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. PDF

Sellers, J. G., Mehl, M. R., & Josephs, R. A. (2007). Hormones and Personality: Testosterone as a Marker of Individual Differences. Journal of Research in Personality, 41, 126-138. PDF

Edwards, D. A. (2006). Competition and testosterone (Commentary on Mehta & Josephs). Hormones and Behavior, 50, 681-683. PDF

Jones, A. C., & Josephs, R. A. (2006). Interspecies hormonal interactions between man and the domestic dog (Canis familiaris). Hormones and Behavior, 50, 393-400. PDF (if unable to download, try this file)

Josephs, R. A., Sellers, J. G., Newman, M. L., & Mehta, P.H.(2006). The Mismatch Effect: When Testosterone and Status are at Odds. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90(6), 999-1013. PDF

Mehta, P. H., & Josephs, R. A. (2006). Testosterone change after losing predicts the decision to compete again. Hormones and Behavior, 50, 684-692. PDF

Newman, M.L., Josephs, R.A., & Guinn Sellers, J. (2005). Testosterone, Cognition, and Social Status. Hormones and Behavior, 47, 205-211. PDF

Josephs, R. A., Newman, M. L, Brown, R. P., & Beer, J. M. (2003). Status, testosterone, and human intellectual performance: Stereotype threat as status concern. Psychological Science, 14, 158-163. PDF

Josephs, R. A., Guinn, J., Harper, M. L, & Askari, F. (2001). Liquorice consumption and testosterone concentrations. The Lancet , 358(9293), 1613-1614. PDF

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