Lee Gettler

Lee Gettler

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Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Office: 636 Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-4479
Email: lgettler@nd.edu
Twitter: @LeeGettler

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Areas of Expertise

Hormones, new parenthood, parents’ physical and mental health

Gettler is the director of the Hormones, Health, and Human Behavior Laboratory at Notre Dame and a faculty member of the Eck Institute for Global Health. Much of his research has focused on the way in which men’s hormonal physiology responds to major life transitions, such as marriage and fatherhood. Gettler particularly explores the ways in which humans’ neuroendocrine systems accommodate the demands of new parenthood, such as childcare, sleep dynamics and psychosocial stress. Through interdisciplinary and global collaborations, he has expanded his focus to apply this perspective to family systems, including the psychobiology of motherhood and fatherhood, parents’ physical and mental health, and child growth and development. Presently, Gettler works on research projects related to these interests in the United States, the Philippines and the Republic of Congo.


Emotionally supportive relationships linked to lower testosterone
Researchers propose ‘breastsleeping’ as a new word and concept
Anthropologist Lee Gettler discusses fatherhood research at AAAS annual meeting
Fathers biologically attuned to their children when sleeping nearby, research reveals


Aeon — Latte pappas
SciTech — Testosterone: why it’s everyone’s realiTy#
The Times of India — Emotional bonding may lower male testosterone
Outside — 4 Ways to Beat the Fatherhood Testosterone Plunge
Reuters — Fathers-to-be may have hormonal changes too
Daily Mirror — New dads lose sex drive as fatherhood reduces testosterone by a THIRD
The Guardian — Becoming a father linked to reduced testosterone in men – and less sex
International Business Times — Study: New Dads Lose Sex Drive, 1/3 of Testosterone on Baby’s 1st Year
The Telegraph — Why couples don’t have sex after birth of kids
NBC News — Aw, nuts! Nurturing dads have smaller testicles, study shows
NBC News — This is your brain on fatherhood: Dads experience hormonal changes too, research shows
Fox News — Dads who co-sleep with kids show dip in testosterone
Psychology Today — Men Who Sleep Near Their Children Found to Have Lower Testosterone Levels
USA Today — Fatherhood could alter men’s behavior
PLOS Blogs — On Testosterone and Real Men: An Interview with Lee Gettler
The New York Times — In Study, Fatherhood Leads to Drop in Testosterone
Discovery News — Early Dads Helped With Child Care, Researcher Suggests