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Sheri Berenbaum

Sheri Berenbaum

Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics

453 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-6140


  1. Ph. D., University of California, Berkeley, 1977


Research Interests

Sheri Berenbaum is interested in social and cognitive development, primarily from a neuroscience perspective. Current work focuses on prenatal sex hormone effects on gender development, genetic influences on pubertal development and on the association between pubertal timing and behavior, and the neural substrates of individual differences in cognitive abilities. A goal is to understand the ways in which biological predispositions and the childhood social environment work together to produce individual differences in social behavior and cognition.

Recent Publications

Berenbaum, S. A., & Resnick, S. M. (2007). The seeds of career choices: Prenatal sex hormone effects on psychological sex differences. In S. J. Ceci & W. M. Williams (Eds.), Why Aren’t More Women in Science?(pp. 147-157). Washington DC: APA Books.

Berenbaum, S. A. (2006). Psychological outcome in children with disorders of sex development: Implications for treatment and understanding typical development. Annual Review of Sex Research, 17, 1-38.

Ruble, D. N., Martin, C. L., & Berenbaum, S. A. (2006). Gender development. In W. Damon (Series Ed.) & N. Eisenberg (Vol. Ed.), Handbook of Child Psychology (6th ed., Vol. 3, pp. 858-932). New York: Wiley.

Cohen-Bendahan, C. C. C., van de Beek, C., & Berenbaum, S. A. (2005). Prenatal sex hormone effects on child and adult sex- typed behavior: Methods and findings. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 29, 353-384.

Berenbaum, S. A., Bryk, K. K., Duck, S. C., & Resnick, S. (2004). Psychological adjustment in children and adults with congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Journal of Pediatrics, 144, 741-746.

Berenbaum, S. A., & Bailey, J. M. (2003). Effects on gender identity of prenatal androgens and genital appearance: Evidence from girls with congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 88, 1102-1106.

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