Dr. Sarah C. Strand
California State University, Sacramento - Department of Psychology
California State University, Sacramento
Department of Psychology
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
I grew up in a suburb outside of Minneapolis, participating in basketball, track, band, and drama. In high school, I lettered in academics, basketball, and track.
I earned my B.S. at Iowa State University in Animal Science. I conducted an undergraduate research project in which sow mothers received ibuprofen to determine whether this would alleviate post-farrowing discomfort. For this project, I collected and analyzed behavioral data.
After graduating from Iowa State University, I moved to Amherst MA where I earned my M.S. degree in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. My master's thesis asked whether a novel environment was more stressful than short-term social isolation in a group of Morgan mares. For this project, I collected and analyzed behavioral and physiological data and published the results in Applied Animal Behavior Science. See the "Publications" page for this and other publications.
Once I earned my M.S. degree, I transferred to the Behavioral Neuroscience program in the UMASS Amherst Psychology department and entered the Ph.D. program. My Ph.D. dissertation examined the effect of early rearing experiences on the social development of juvenile rhesus monkeys. I collected and analyzed behavioral and physiological data for this study and presented the results over the course of three years at the American Society of Primatologists annual meetings.
I currently teach Psychology courses at Sacramento State University. Since 2011, I've taught upper and lower division courses in Psychology, including statistics and methodology courses.
I live in the greater Sacramento area with my husband, Steve, and my dogs, Juno and Bentley. In addition to teaching and doing research, I enjoy running, triathlons, and traveling to new and exciting places!