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Kai McCormack, PhD

Yerkes Researcher

Phone: 404-593-7752


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Kai McCormack, PhD, studies social behavior from a developmental and genetic perspective. Dr. McCormack’s research examines the long-term effects of maternal maltreatment on the developing rhesus macaque, with the goal of understanding how early life stress impacts both behavioral and physiological development.

Other studies in the McCormack lab focus on the genetic influences on primate behavior, with particular emphasis on how genes interact with social status to influence stress, affiliation and aggression.

Dr. McCormack collaborates with a number of Yerkes researchers, including Drs. Zach Johnson, Mar Sanchez, Kim Wallen and Mark Wilson.


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