Lee T. Gettler

Associate Professor


B.A., University of Notre Dame (2005)
Ph.D., Northwestern University (2012)

Dr. Gettler is the Director of the Hormones, Health, and Human Behavior Laboratory at Notre Dame and a faculty member of the Eck Institute for Global Health. Much of his research has focused on the way in which men’s hormonal physiology responds to major life transitions, such as marriage and fatherhood. Dr. Gettler particularly explores the ways in which humans’ neuroendocrine systems accommodate the demands of new parenthood, such as childcare, sleep dynamics, and psychosocial stress. Through interdisciplinary and global collaborations, he has expanded his focus to apply this perspective to family systems, including the psychobiology of motherhood and fatherhood, parents’ physical and mental health, and child growth and development. Presently, Dr. Gettler works on research projects related to these interests in the United States, the Philippines, and the Republic of Congo.

Gettler and Dr. Rahul Oka (ND anthropology), alongside ND graduate students, have recently begun a series of collaborations bringing biocultural perspectives to bear on questions related to social support and social networks, refugee and host community social and economic dynamics, psychosocial stress, social neuroendocrinology, and human health. These projects draw on Oka’s ongoing fieldwork in Kenya as well as existing U.S.-based data collected by the Center for Disease Control.

Gettler uses both evolutionary and social theoretical approaches to help contextualize his findings, providing insights into the ways in which human biology has been shaped by our evolutionary past as well as how it is responsive to cultural norms, family systems, political economic forces, and developmental experiences. Dr. Gettler's research has appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Hormones and Behavior, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, American Journal of Human Biology, American Anthropologist, Current Anthropology, Acta Paediatrica, Current Pediatric Reviews, and multiple other scholarly journals.

Dr. Gettler is on leave during the 2016-17 academic year. He will not be evaluating or accepting PhD student applications during that time period.

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