» Dr. David Frederick
Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology
Dr. David Frederick
Office Location:
Crean Hall 105 ( 501 W. Palm Ave )
Phone:
(714) 744-7640
Email:
Website:
https://sites.google.com/site/davidfrederickpsychology/
Education
Beloit College, Bachelor of Science
University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D.
Biography

Dr. David Frederick is an Assistant Professor of Psychology.  He began teaching at Chapman in 2012.  Growing up in rural upstate New York, he became fascinated with animal behavior, and his original dream was to chase monkeys around Africa as a primatologist.  This spurred him to study how social and biological factors interact to shape the bodies, brains, and preferences of human and nonhuman animals.  He enjoys teaching Research Methods, where students are taught how to use experimental and correlational research designs to understand studies on current issues such as debates over affirmative action and the causes of the wage gap between men and women, to how we can accurately measure people’s emotions.  He also enjoys teaching Human Sexuality, where students learn how hormones, evolved biological systems, and social constructions can explain cross-cultural differences in sexuality, people’s mating preferences, factors shaping sexual orientation, and how doctors respond to intersex babies.

Teaching

  • PSY 204: Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences
  • PSY 340: Human Sexuality

Research

Dr. David Frederick examines how social transmission processes and our evolved psychology interact to influence our perceptions of what is attractive and our close relationships. His work uses perspectives from social psychology, health psychology, and evolutionary psychology to better understand human motivations and attractions.  He also investigates the factors shaping body image dissatisfaction, health, self-regulation, and close relationships among gay, lesbian, and heterosexual men and women.  This work investigates how these experiences differ for ethnic minority versus majority men and women.

To examine these factors, he conducts large-scale cross-cultural projects, assesses biological factors such as hormone levels, conduct experimental studies, and make use of archival datasets of 5,000-80,000 participants generated by NBCNews.com and Match.com on topics related to relationships, sexuality, and body image.

His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and UCLA, and in 2013 he was featured as a “Rising Star” in psychological research by the Association for Psychological Science.  He collaborates with researchers at University of California, Los Angeles, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Indiana University, and University of Westminster. 

He has delivered numerous national and international presentations on his infertility research in the United States and Europe.  He currently serves on the editorial board of two academic journals: Body Image: An International Journal of Research and the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology.  He has published articles in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Evolution and Human Behavior, Hormones and Behavior, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Review of General Psychology, Body Image, Sex Roles, Journal of Men and Masculinity, Psychological Topics, Personality and Individual Differences, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Evolutionary Psychology.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Frederick, D. A., *Reynolds, T. A., & Fisher, M. L. (2013). The importance of female choice: Evolutionary perspectives on `constraints, expressions, and variations in female mating strategies. In R. Chang, M. Fisher & J. Garcia (Eds.), Evolution’s empress: Darwinian perspectives on the nature of women. Oxford, UK: Oxford Press.
*Tang, N., & Frederick, D. A. (2013). Na Li. In M. Stange and C. Oyster (Eds.) The encyclopedia of women in today's world. SAGE Publishers.
Frederick, D. A., *Forbes, M., & *Reynolds, T. A. (2013). Infidelity. In M. Stange and C. Oyster (Eds.) The encyclopedia of women in today's world. SAGE Publishers.
Gray, P. B., & Frederick, D. A. (2012). Body image and body type preferences in St. Kitts, Caribbean: A cross-cultural comparison with U.S. samples regarding attitudes towards muscularity, body fat, and breast size. Evolutionary Psychology, 10, 631-655.
Fessler, D. M. T., Stieger, S., Asaridou, S. S., Umeru, B., Cravalho, M., de Barros, P., Fisher, M. K., & Frederick, D. A.., et al. (2012). Testing a postulated case of intersexual selection in humans. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33, 147-164.
Frederick, D. A., *Jafary, A., Daniels, E. A., & Gruys, K. (2011). Surveys and the epidemiology of body image. In T. Cash (Ed.), The encyclopedia of body image and human appearance (p. 766-773). San Diego: Academic Press.
Frederick, D. A., *Reynolds, T. A., *Fales, M. R., & Garcia, J. A (2011). Physical attractiveness: Dating, mating, and social interaction. In T. Cash (Ed.), The encyclopedia of body image and human appearance (p. 629-635). San Diego: Academic Press.
Frederick, D. A.,* Jafary, A., *Fales, M., *Lurye, F., *Phuphanich, M. E., *Au, L., & Stanley, E. B. (2011). Bella and the psychobiology of love and attraction. In E. Klonsky and A. Black (Eds.), The psychology of Twilight. Ben Bella Books: New York.
Snyder, J. K., Fessler, D. M. T., Tiokhin, L., Frederick, D. A., Lee, S. W., & Navarette, C. D. (2011). Trade-offs in a dangerous world: Women’s fear of crime predicts preferences for aggressive and formidable mates. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32, 127-137.
Frederick, D. A., *Fales, M., *Lurye, F., *Nguyen, D., *Snider, J., Sanchez, C., & Vilain, E. (2010). Sex differentiation: How genes and hormones shape male, female, and intersex body types. In T. Cooke (Ed.), Sex and society. New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish.
Frederick, D. A., *Filossof, Y. R., Gildersleeve, K. A., Maisel, N. C., *Phuphanich, M. E., Poore, J. C., Preciado, M. A., Saxbe, D. E., & *Usahacharoenporn, P. (2010). Fidelity. In T. Cooke (Ed.), Sex and society. New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish.
Frederick, D. A., Galperin, A., Gildersleeve, K. A., *Filossof, Y. R., *Snider, J., *Nguyen, D., *Lurye, F., *Fales, M., & *Cantu, S. (2010). Sexuality: An evolutionary perspective. In T. Cooke (Ed.), Sex and society. New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish.
Daniels, E. A., *Niles, A. N., & Frederick, D. A., (2010). Sports and sexuality. In T. Cooke (Ed.), Sex and society. New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish.
Swami, V., Frederick, D. A., Aavik, T., Alcalay, L., Allik, J., & Anderson, D., et al. (2010). The attractive female body weight and female body dissatisfaction in 26 countries across 10 world regions: Results of the International Body Project I. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 309-325.
Gallup, G. G., Jr., & Frederick, D. A. (2010). The science of sex appeal: An evolutionary perspective. Review of General Psychology, 14, 240-250.
Frederick, D. A., Hadji-Michael, M., Furnham, A., & Swami, V. (2010). The influence of leg-to-body ratio (LBR) on judgments of female physical attractiveness: Assessments of computer-generated images varying in LBR. Body Image, 7, 51-55.
Debruine, L. M., Jones, B. C., Frederick, D. A., Haselton, M. G., Penton-Voak, I. S., & Perrett, D. I. (2010). Evidence for menstrual cycle shifts in women’s preferences for masculinity. Evolutionary Psychology, 8, 768-775.