Jessica Ayers

Grad Teaching Associate
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Jessica Ayers is a hockey-obsessed graduate student from southern Los Angeles working in the Cooperation and Conflict lab ( under the guidance of Dr. Athena Aktipis. Her main research interests include sex differences in friendship and women's intrasexual competition and cooperation. She is also working on projects investigating the influence of the gut microbiome on human social interactions and psychological functioning.

Ayers is a California State University, Fullerton Alumni, having received her BA and her MA in Psychology there. Her research focused on the “The Coordinated Condemnation Model of Women’s Intrasexual Competition” under the guidance of advisor Aaron T. Goetz, PhD. 


Arizona State University

Doctor of Philosophy

Social Psychology, Expected 2021

            Graduate Advisor: Athena Aktipis, Ph.D.


California State University, Fullerton

Master of Arts

Psychology, May 2016

            Graduate Advisor: Aaron T. Goetz, Ph.D.

            Thesis: The Coordinated Condemnation Model of Womens Intrasexual Competition


California State University, Fullerton

Bachelor of Arts

Psychology and Anthropology, May 2013

GPA 3.82/ 4.0 magna cum laude

Research Interests

Women's intrasexual competition and sociality, friendship initiation, maintenance, and dissolution, functions of social network structure, the "rules of friendship", evolutionary psychology, and influence of the human microbiome. 


Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 350Social Psychology
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 290Research Methods
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 290Research Methods
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 290Research Methods

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