Amber Abernathy

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Academic Interests

I enjoy teaching psychology classes relating to development and personality.  I also enjoy my research in the areas of Conscientious Psychology, Social Dominance, Leadership, Psychobiology of the Stress Response, Sex Differences, Stress and Health,  Social Hierarchies, and Personality.

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • Massey-Abernathy, A. R., Byrd-Craven, J., Swearingen, C. L., (2015).  The Biological Diary of a Woman:  Physiological Consequences of Status and Social Rejection.  Evolutionary Psychological Science.
  • Massey, A .R, Byrd-Craven, J., Auer, B. J., Swearingen, C. L. (2014). Climbing the Social Ladder:  Physiological Response to Social Status in Adolescents.  Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology.  
  • Massey, A. R., Byrd-Craven, J., & Swearingen, C. L. (2014). Preschool Power Play: Resource Control  Strategies Associated with Health. Child Development Research, 2014.
  • Byrd-Craven, J. & Massey, A. R. (2013). Lean on me: The effects of social support on low-socioeconomic status pregnant women.  Nursing and Health Sciences, 15, 374-378.
  • Byrd-Craven, J., Auer, B.J., Granger, D.A., & Massey, A.M. (2012). The Father-Daughter Dance: The influence of father-daughter relationship quality on daughters’ stress response to peer dynamics. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 87-94.  

Previous Experience

Online teaching certification in 2014 Teaching as a graduate assistant for 5 years Graduated from Oklahoma State University with my Ph.D in May 2015


Chandler, Oklahoma


  • Reading
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Future Goals and Aspirations

  • Teach
  • Research
  • Publications

Life Outside the University

I am married with two wonderful boys!

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