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Dr. Megan D. Matheson

Professor of Psychology

Ph.D. University of Georgia
M.S. University of Georgia
B.A. University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Office: 479 Psychology Building
Web page:
Phone: (509)-963-3668

Courses Typically Taught at CWU

  • Introductory Statistics
  • Comparative Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology

Research Interests

  • Primate social behavior
  • Stress and coping

Selected Publications

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  • Xia, D.P., Li, J.H., Matheson, M.D., Sun, L., Sun, B. & Zhu, Y. (2012). First occurrence of twins in provisioned free-ranging Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana) at Huangshan, China. Primates, 53, 1-5.
  • Ruesto, L.A., Sheeran, L.K., Matheson, M.D., Li, J.H., & Wagner, R.S. (2010). Tourist behavior and decibel level correlate with threat frequency in Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana) at Mt. Huangshan, China. Primate Conservation, 25, 99-104.
  • McCarthy, M.S., Matheson, M.D., Lester, J.D., Sheeran, L.K., Li, J.H., & Wagner, R.S. (2009). Sequences of Tibetan macaque (Macaca thibetana) and tourist behaviors at Mt. Huangshan, China. Primate Conservation, 24, 145-151.
  • Matheson, M.D., Hartel, J., Whitaker, C., Sheeran, L.K., Li, J.H. & Wagner, R.S. (2007). Self-directed behavior correlates with tourist density in free-living Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana) at the Valley of the Wild Monkeys, Mt. Huangshan, China. American Journal of Primatology, 69 (Suppl.1), 41-42.
  • Matheson, M.D., Sheeran, L.K., Li, J.H., & Wagner, R.S. (2006). Tourist impact on Tibetan Macaques. Anthrozoos, 19, 158 - 168.
  • Matheson, M.D.,  Fragaszy, D.M., and Johnson-Pynn, J.S. (2005). Response to novel housing in two groups of captive tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella). Primates, 46, 235-240.
  • Matheson, M.D. & Bernstein, I.S. (2000). Grooming, social bonding, and agonistic aiding in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). American Journal of Primatology, 51, 177-186.
  • Matheson, M.D. (1999) Social contact following severe aggression in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta): A new test of the consolation hypothesis. International Journal of Primatology, 20, 961 - 975.