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Cari Goetz

Cari Goetz

Associate Professor,


Associate Professor
Office Phone(909) 537-3844
Office LocationSB-530


I use an evolutionary lens to study human mating strategies and related behavior and psychology. I have published on the topics of mate preferences, attraction, relationship satisfaction, and mating strategies. My work spans from empirical studies documenting novel cues to short-term mate attractiveness to theoretical articles on the evolution of long-term mating in humans.


PhD Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

BS Psychobiology, University of California Los Angeles


PSYC 3359 Evolutionary Psychology

PSYC 3301 Psychology of Human Sexuality

PSYC 2211 Introduction to Psychological Research

I mentor students in the Psychology Department's Honors Program, typically students interested in Evolutionary Psychology:

I will be accepting Honors students for Fall 2023.

Research and Teaching Interests

Selected publications: 

Goetz, C. D., Pillsworth, E. G., Buss, D. M., & Conroy-Beam, D. (2019). Evolutionary Mismatch in Mating. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 2709.

Goetz, C. D., & Maria, N. M. (2019). Who gets mad and who feels bad? Mate value discrepancies predict anger and shame in response to transgressions in romantic relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships36(10), 2963-2982.

Buss, D. M., Goetz, C., Duntley, J. D., Asao, K., & Conroy-Beam, D. (2017). The mate switching hypothesis. Personality and Individual Differences104, 143-149.

Conroy-Beam, D., Goetz, C. D., & Buss, D. M. (2016). What predicts romantic relationship satisfaction and mate retention intensity: mate preference fulfillment or mate value discrepancies?. Evolution and Human Behavior37(6), 440-448.

Conroy-Beam, D., Goetz, C. D., & Buss, D. M. (2015). Why do humans form long-term mateships? An evolutionary game-theoretic model. In Advances in experimental social psychology (Vol. 51, pp. 1-39). Academic Press.

Goetz, C. D., Easton, J. A., Lewis, D. M., & Buss, D. M. (2012). Sexual exploitability: Observable cues and their link to sexual attraction. Evolution and Human Behavior33(4), 417-426.

Confer, J. C., Easton, J. A., Fleischman, D. S., Goetz, C. D., Lewis, D. M., Perilloux, C., & Buss, D. M. (2010). Evolutionary psychology: Controversies, questions, prospects, and limitations. American Psychologist65(2), 110-126.