Stefan Goetz

Senior Researcher

Stefan Goetz
Twitter: @Tangl3dBank

Research Interests

  • Dyadic and coalitional human aggression, emotion, and courtship
  • Social neuroendocrinology
  • Evolutionary psychology and cultural psychology


Stefan Goetz is a Senior Researcher working on the ERC Starting Grant project Adapted To War (AWAR).

Working Experience:

2021-Present: Senior Researcher, PRIO (Peace Research Institute Oslo)

2019-Present: Adjunct Instructor, College of Liberal Arts and Education, University of Detroit Mercy 

2020-Present: Adjunct Instructor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wayne State University 

2012-2020: Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wayne State University  

2012-2013: Research Assistant, School of Family Medicine, Wayne State University 

2009-2012: Student Research Assistant, Behavioral Research Facility, Grand Valley State University  

2011-2012: Assistant to the Editor of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Inc.


Ph.D., Wayne State University, Social Psychology: 2020 

M.A., Wayne State University, Social Psychology: 2015 

B.S., Grand Valley State University, Psychology: 2011 

B.A., Grand Valley State University, German: 2011

PRIO Departments


PRIO Projects



All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Goetz, Stefan; Toe Aung; John Adams; Clint McKenna; Catherine Hess; Stiven Roytman; Joey T. Cheng; Samuele Zilioli & David Puts (2021) Low fundamental and formant frequencies predict fighting ability among male mixed martial arts fighters, Scientific Reports 11(1).
Goetz, Stefan & Todd Lucas (2020) C-reactive protein in saliva and dried blood spot as markers of stress reactivity in healthy African–Americans, Biomarkers in Medicine 14(5): 371–380.
Goetz, Stefan; Todd Lucas; Jolin Yamin; Shoshana Krohner; Caroline Drolet; Catalina Kopetz; Mark Lumley; Katrina Hamilton & Doug Granger (2020) Salivary osteocalcin: Reactivity to acute social stress and relationships with concomitant stress biomarkers in healthy African Americans, Psychoneuroendocrinology 119.
Goetz, Stefan; Samuele Zilioli & Glenn E. Weisfeld (2019) Evolutionary Perspective on Adolescence, The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development. DOI: 10.1002/9781119171492.wecad349.
Goetz, Stefan; Justin M. Carré; Keith M. Welker; Rachel E. Norman; Benjamin P. Moreau & Shinobu Kitayama (2017) Preliminary evidence that testosterone's association with aggression depends on self-construal, Hormones and Behaviour 92: 117–127.
Goetz, Stefan; Lingfei Tang; Moriah E. Thomason; Michael P. Diamond; Ahmad R. Hariri & Justin M. Carré (2014) Testosterone Rapidly Increases Neural Reactivity to Threat in Healthy Men: A Novel Two-Step Pharmacological Challenge Paradigm, Biological Psychiatry 76(4): 324–331.
Carré, Justin M.; Stefan Goetz; Elianna Lozoya & Keith M. Welker (2013) Changes in testosterone mediate the effect of winning on subsequent aggressive behaviour, Psychoneuroendocrinology 38(10): 2034–2041.

PhD Thesis

Goetz, Stefan (2020) Testosterone and Interpersonal Attraction: A Placebo-Controlled Design. PhD thesis, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

Book Chapter

Goetz, Stefan; Samuele Zilioli & Glenn E. Weisfeld (2019) Reproductive behavior in the human male, in Welling, Lisa L. M.; & Todd K. Shackelford, eds, The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology and Behavioral Endocrinology. Oxford: Oxford University Press (125–141).
Weisfeld, Glenn E.; Carol C. Weisfeld & Stefan Goetz (2017) Towards a Model of Marriage, in Weisfeld, Carol Cronin; Glenn E. Weisfeld; & Lisa M. Dillon, eds, The Psychology of Marriage: an Evolutionary and Cross-Cultural View. New York, NY: Lexington Books (317–334).

Master Thesis

Goetz, Stefan (2015) Acoustic Cues of Physical Formidability in Cage Fighters. MA thesis, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.