Catherine DeSoto, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

University of Northern Iowa



Biological Psychology Course     

Introduction to Psychology Course    

Graduate Course in BioPsych

UNI Psychology Department    


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Catherine DeSoto earned her doctorate at the University of Missouri (Ph.D., 2001) with specialization in Developmental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience.  Her principal area of research involves investigating the influence of hormones on both normal behavior and the expression of psychopathology, particularly borderline personality. She is broadly interested in how brain function affects behavior, and has done research involving various brain imaging techniques, including ERPís, optical imaging and MRI.  Current research projects involve direct measurement of estrogen and testosterone levels via radioimmunoassay.  Additional areas of interest are sex differences, autism, and understanding how internal biology interacts with  environmental experiences and exposures to predict outcomes.  She has published in leading peer reviewed journals ranging from the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, to Clinical Toxicology, to The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.  Her research articles have led to recognition by the Borderline Research Foundation, have been noted to be among the most read articles for all of Biology, and have been reviewed in media outlets ranging from Science to First for Women.