About/Contact Me

Dr. Sarah C. Strand
California State University, Sacramento - Department of Psychology
University of California, Davis - California National Primate Research Center (Brain, Mind, and Behavior Unit)

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UC Davis                                            CSUS
CNPRC                                                6000 J Street
1 Shields Avenue            OR            357D Amador         
Davis, CA 95616                                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 Massachu
setts, 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 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.
Currently, I work at both California State University in Sacramento and the University of California in Davis.  
  • At Sac State, I work in the Department of Psychology teaching upper divisions classes, such as Statistics, Animal Behavior, Learning Theories, and Sensation and Perception.  You can read more about the classes I teach by clicking on the "Teaching" link above.
  • At UC Davis, I work at the California National Primate Research Center in the Brain, Mind, and Behavior Unit.  You can read more about the work I do at UC Davis by clicking on the "Research" link above.   
I live in the greater Sacramento area with my boyfriend, 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!