Who We Are

Our organization is devoted to the application of evolutionary theory to practical domains such as policy-making, education, business administration, nutrition, medicine, and mental health. Read our mission statement here.

AEPS Executive Board

President – Daniel J. Glass

Daniel is a practicing clinical psychologist and evolutionary researcher. He has published sixteen peer-reviewed scholarly articles in the fields of psychology, medicine, and evolutionary studies, on subjects ranging from human emotions to peer bullying/victimization to Alzheimer’s disease. His main area of research interest is how evolutionary principles can inform the understanding, classification, and treatment of mental disorders. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Southfield Center for Development in Darien, Connecticut.

Vice President – Niruban Balachandran

Niruban has served in the World Bank since 2013, and his career has spanned more than 15 years in psychological science, education, and international development around the globe. Niruban was a winner of the World Bank’s Innovation Challenge Prize and the International Society for Human Ethology’s Linda Mealey Award. He is widely published in scholarly journals and print media, and is a frequently-invited speaker at international conferences. He is a Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, as well as a Bachelor of psychology graduate from Rutgers. He was also a member of the Harvard Behavioral Insights Group.

Communication Officer – Alec Goldstein

Alec is a senior undergraduate at SUNY New Paltz. He is a Psychology major with a minor in Evolutionary Studies (and music!). He is currently a member of the Evolutionary Psychology lab at SUNY New Paltz under Dr. Glenn Geher and the Diversity in Language Lab under Dr. Elizabeth Hirshorn.

Membership Officer – Nawaf Mattar

Nawaf is an M.Sc psychology student. He is very interested in evolutionary psychology, biopsychology, counseling, and addiction studies.

Treasurer – Alex Hill

Alex is a lecturer in Biological Anthropology at the University of Washington. He has served as the current treasurer of AEPS for the previous three years. His scholarly interest, broadly, is the sociobiology of humans and nonhuman primates with emphasis on the evolutionary psychology and biology of human mating behavior.

Secretary – Nicholas Primavera

Nick has worked with Dr. Glenn Geher at SUNY New Paltz as a researcher for his lab as well as a course assistant for several years. His research interests include risk-taking behaviors and first responder culture.

Bylaws Officer – Steven Heigham

Steven holds an M.Sc. degree from Brunel University. In his work and practice, he integrates an evolutionary-psychological approach to psychotherapy and counsellor training. This is linked to his research interests into genetic and cultural influences on empathy and self-awareness, and ultimate causes of mental health issues.

Member at large – Glenn Geher

Glenn Geher is professor of psychology and founding director of Evolutionary Studies at SUNY New Paltz. He was also the founding president of the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society and has served as program chair and conference host for that organization on multiple occasions.

Member at large – Nick Armenti

Nick Armenti was a founding member of AEPS and the first president of the organization. He serves as Director of Managed Care Services at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. He has also worked as a clinician using insights from evolutionary psychology to inform his clinical practice.

Member at large – Hidenori Komatsu

Hidenori is a researcher working for a research institute in Japan who got his PhD on the intersection of evolutionary simulation models of human behaviors and behavioral economics. He seeks to incorporate insights from the simulation models into effective information provision in the real world. His ultimate goal is to establish a consistent theory for designing real-world interventions based on evolutionary psychology.