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College of the Sciences

Megan Matheson

Professor of Psychology

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

Office: Psychology Bldg, Room 479
Web page:
Phone: (509) 963-3668

Courses typically taught at CWU:

  • PSY 362 - Introductory Statistics
  • PSY 441 - Self-Injurious Behavior
  • PSY 442 - Evolutionary Psychology

General areas of interest: Nonhuman primate social behavior, evolutionary psychology, self-injurious behavior, comparative psychology

Selected works:

  • Berman, C. M., Matheson, M. D., Li, J. H., Ogawa, H., & Ionica, C. S. (2014). Tourism, infant mortality and stress indicators among Tibetan macaques at Huangshan, China. In C. L. Russell, A. E. Russon & J. Wallis (Eds.), Primate-Focused Tourism (pp. 21-43). American Society of Primatologists Special Topics in Primatology Series.
  • Self, S., Sheeran, L. K., Matheson, M. D., Li, J. H., Pelton, O., Harding, S., & Wagner, R. S. (2014). Tourism and infant directed aggression in Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana) at Mt. Huangshan, China. Anthrozoos, 26, 435-444.
  • Xia, D. P., Li, J. H., Garber, P. A., Matheson, M. D., Sun, B. H., & Zhu, Y. (2013). Grooming reciprocity in male Tibetan macaques. American Journal of Primatology, 75, 1009-1020.
  • 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., & 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.

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