Chris Reiber


PhD, Biological Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh 1994
MPH, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health 1997


Evolutionary and epidemiological modeling of women's health issues and substance abuse; analysis of evolutionary, sociocultural and psychosocial predictors and correlates of biological states and diseases.

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Research interests

My research interests are in bringing epidemiological data and methods to bear on (Darwinian) evolutionary models of causation for diseases and disorders in which sociobehavioral factors play a pivotal role. To this end, my research has focused on fields such as women's health and sexuality (Premenstrual Syndrome, menopause, hook-up behavior), cardiovascular health (perimenopausal changes in cardiovascular health in women, intra-abdominal adipose tissue as a cardiovascular risk factor), and substance abuse and substance abuse treatment (clinical trials of new pharmacological treatments for addictions, women and substance abuse). I have previously published my work on the demographics of various diseases and biological states, sociopsychological predictors of disease symptomatology, epidemiological studies of disease patterns in women, and the testing of hypothesis-driven models predicting behavior, symptomatology, and psycho-intellectual abilities and aptitudes.

Selected bibliography (last 5 years)

Reiber, C. 2011. Women's health at the crossroads of evolution and epidemiology. In M. Fischer, J.R. Garcia, R. Sokol Chang, & S.L. Strout, (Eds.). Evolution's Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women. Oxford University Press. Accepted, Forthcoming.

Morris, C.E., and C. Reiber. 2011. Frequency, intensity, and expression of post-relationship grief. EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium; 3(1): 1-11.

Reiber, C. 2010. A new perspective on menopause: Female gamete competition. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology 4(4): 215-240.

Reiber, C., E.C. Shattuck, S. Fiore, V. David, P. van Goozen, and J. Moore. 2010. Change in human social behavior in response to a common vaccine. Annals of Epidemiology 20(10): 729-733. DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2010.06.014

Reiber, C., and J. Moore. 2010. Synergies that work: Evolution, epidemiology, and new insights. Annals of Epidemiology 20(10): 725-728. DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2010.06.006

Reiber, C., and J. Garcia. 2010. Hooking up: Gender differences, evolution, and pluralistic ignorance. Evolutionary Psychology 8(3): 390-404.

Mouttapa, M., D,W. Watson, J.M. McCuller, S. Sussman, W.J. Weiss, C. Reiber, D. Lewis, and W. Tsai. 2010. I’m mad and I’m bad: Links between self-identification as a gangster, symptoms of anger, and alcohol use among minority juvenile offenders. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice 8: 71-82. DOI: 10.1177/1541204009339008.

Mouttapa, M., D.W. Watson, W.J. McCuller, C. Reiber, W. Tsai, and M. Plug. 2009. Substance use and HIV prevention for youth in correctional facilities. Journal of Correctional Education 60(4): 289-315.

Reiber, C. 2009. Evolution for epidemiologists. Annals of Epidemiology 19(4): 276-279. DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2008.12.016.

Reiber, C. 2009. Empirical support for an evolutionary model of Premenstrual Syndrome. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology 3(1): 9-28.

Garcia, J.R., and C. Reiber. 2008. Hook-up behavior: A biopsychosocial perspective. Special issue: Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS). Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology 2(4): 192-208.

Garruto, R., C. Reiber, M.P. Alfonso, H. Gastrich, K. Needham, S. Sunderman, S. Walker, J. Weeks, N. DeRosa, E. Faisst, J. Dunn, K. Fanelli, and K. Shilkret. 2008. Risk Behaviors in a Rural Community with a Known Point-Source Exposure to Chronic Wasting Disease. Environmental Health 7:31. doi: 10.1186/1476-069X-7-31.

Reiber, C. 2008. An evolutionary study of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). (Abstract) American Journal of Human Biology 20(2): 230-231.

Walker, S., and C. Reiber. 2008. Evaluating physical fitness trends and outcomes in children using FitnessGram standardized test scores. (Abstract) American Journal of Human Biology 20(2): 238.

Reiber, C. 2008. Review of Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives. Edited by W.R. Trevathan, E.O. Smith, and J.J. McKenna (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008). (Invited book review) American Journal of Human Biology 20: 495-496. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.20801.

Reiber, C. 2008. An Evolutionary Model of Premenstrual Syndrome. Medical Hypotheses 70: 1058-1065. DOI: 10.1016/j.mehy.2007.08.031

Christian, D.R., A. Huber, M.L. Brecht, M.J. McCann, P. Marinelli-Casey, R.H. Lord, C. Reiber, T.H. Lu, G.P. Galloway, and The Methamphetamine Treatment Project Corporate Authors. 2007. Methamphetamine Users Entering Treatment: Characteristics of the Methamphetamine Treatment Project Sample. Substance Use and Misuse 42(14): 2207-2222. DOI: 10.1080/10826080701209341.

Reiber, C. 2007. PMS: Diagnostic and Definitional Issues. (Abstract) American Journal of Human Biology 19(2): 275-276.

Watson, D.W., M. Mouttapa, C. Reiber, W.J. McCuller, R. Arancibia, J.A. Kavich, E. Nieves, J. Novgrod, N. Mai, L. Bisesi, and T. Sim. 2007. The Life Interventions for Family Effectiveness (LIFE) Project: Preliminary Findings on Alternative School Intervention for Adolescents. Journal of Correctional Education, 58(1): 57-68.

Rawson, R.A., M. McCann, F. Flammino, S. Shoptaw, K. Miotto, C. Reiber, and W. Ling. 2006. A Comparison of Contingency Management and Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches for Stimulant-Dependent Individuals. Addiction 101: 267-274.

Shoptaw, S., D.W. Watson, C. Reiber, R. A. Rawson, A. Montgomery, D. Majewska, and W. Ling. 2005. Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial of Cabergoline, Hydergine and Levodopa/Carbidopa: Los Angeles Cocaine Rapid Efficacy and Safety Trial (CREST). Addiction 100 (suppl. 1): 78-90.

Rawson, R.A., A. Huber, M. McCann, S. Shoptaw, D. Farabee, C. Reiber, and W. Ling. 2004. A Comparison of Contingency Management and Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches during Methadone Maintenance Treatment for Cocaine Dependence. H.W. Clark & E.F. McCance-Katz, eds. Psychosocial Treatments: Key Readings in Addiction Psychiatry. Routledge, UK; pp 87-104.

Rawson, R.A., P. Marinelli-Casey, M.D. Anglin, A. Dickow, Y. Frazier, C. Gallagher, G.P. Galloway, J. Herrell, A. Huber, M.J. McCann, J. Obert, S. Pennell, C. Reiber, D. Vandersloot, J. Zweben, and The Methamphetamine Treatment Project Corporate Authors. 2004. A Multi-Site Comparison of Psychosocial Approaches for the Treatment of Methamphetamine Dependence. Addiction 99: 708-718.

Amass, L., W. Ling, T.E. Freese, C. Reiber, J.J. Annon, A.J. Cohen, D. McCarty, M. Reid, L.S. Brown, C. Clark, D.M. Ziedonis, J. Krejck, S. Stine, T. Winhusen, G. Brigham, D. Babcock, J. Muir, B. Buchan, and T. Horton. 2004. Bringing Buprenorphine-Naloxone Detoxification to Community Treatment Providers: The NIDA Clinical Trials Network Field Experience. American Journal of Addictions; 13: S42-S66.

Cohen, J.B., A. Dickow, K. Horner, J.E. Zweban, J. Balabais, D. Vadersloot, and C. Reiber. 2003. Abuse and Violence History of Men and Women in Treatment for Methamphetamine Dependence. American Journal on Addictions; 12(5):377-385.


Last Updated: 8/2/16