Jennifer Kotler graduated with a Ph.D. from Harvard's Organismic and Evolutionary Biology department in 2018. She currently works as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof Steven Pinker, and serves as a lecturer in both Harvard’s Psychology Department and theDepartment of Human Evolutionary Biology. Through her interdisciplinary investigations of genomic imprinting and genetic disorders with Prof David Haig, Jennifer's dissertation research contributed to the growing field of evolutionary medicine. integrative approach has fostered collaborations with a broad range of talented researchers both locally and intentionally, including experimental psychologists, molecular biologists, physicians and business faculty. In her postdoctoral work Jennifer has extended the applications of evolutionary theory to the field of forensic psychology, focusing on risk predictors and individual perceptions of sexual violence.
Jennifer began her research career in Ontario, Canada, where she collaborated with the Family & Child Services of Waterloo to answer applied questions about child welfare using principles of genetic relatedness and kinship psychology. From there she went on to work in the Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care research unit at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center, where her work focused on quality of death and caregiver bereavement. In 2012 Jennifer began her graduate studies at Harvard, where she was trained as an evolutionary geneticist and theoretician, with a specialization in evolutionary medicine.
Outside of the lab, Jennifer is an avid puzzler. She and her dog Juno enjoy the outdoors, and can often be found at one of Boston's local hiking trails. Juno is also a fan of the Harvard Natural History Museum, where she loves to greet visitors and help Jennifer with public education and science outreach!