Jessica Vandeleest

My research interests focus on understanding how early social relationships, the larger social environment (e.g. social network structure), and temperament interact to influence an individual’s risk for negative psychological or physiological outcomes. Specifically, I bring my expertise in mother-infant interactions, temperament and personality, and psychoneuroimmunology to the study of how complex and dynamic social relationships and social structure impact health. I also am the manager of the McCowan wet lab and play a primary role in biological sample collection, assay, and data analysis.



Vandeleest J.J., Beisner B. A., Hannibal D. L., Nathman A. C., Capitanio J. P., Hsieh F., Atwill E. R., McCowan B. (2016) Decoupling social status and status certainty effects on health in macaques: a network approach. PeerJ 4:e2394.

Hannibal, D., Bliss-Moreau, E., Vandeleest, J., McCowan, B., Capitanio, J. (2016). Rhesus macaque social housing and social changes: Implications for research. American Journal of Primatology. doi:10.1002/ajp.22528

Vandeleest, J., Blozis, S., Mendoza, S., Capitanio, J. (2013). The effects of birth timing and temperature on the HPA axis in 3-4 month old rhesus monkeys.  Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 2705-2712.

Vandeleest, J., Mendoza, S., Capitanio, J. (2012). Birth timing and the mother-infant relationship predict variation in infant behavior and physiology. Developmental Psychobiology, 55, 829-837.

Vandeleest, J., McCowan, B.,  Capitanio, J. (2011).  Early rearing interacts with temperament and housing to influence the risk for motor stereotypy in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 132, 81-89.