Karen Bales

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Offices and Labs

102C Young Hall
+1 530 754 5890


2000 PhD Biology University of Maryland, College Park
1995 MA Anthropology University of Tennessee
1993 BA Anthropology University of New Orleans


Burroughs-Wellcome/ American Society of Primatologists Young Investigator Award
International Neuropeptide Society Young Investigator Award
NIH Post-doctoral Fellow

Department and Center Affiliations

Core Scientist, California National Primate Research Center


Past President, American Society of Primatologists
Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
International Primatological Society
Society for Neuroscience
Sigma Xi

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Animal Behavior

Specialties / Focus

Animal Behavior
  • Physiology and Behavior
  • Primate Behavior
  • Development

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS



PSC 121 Physiological Psychology (Fall,Spring)
PSC 123 Hormones and Behavior (Spring)


6/30/2011 2:21:27 PM
  • Jarcho, M.R., Mendoza, S.P., Mason, W.A., Yang, X., and Bales, K.L. (2011) Intranasal vasopressin affects pair-bonding and peripheral gene expression in male Callicebus cupreus. Genes, Brain, and Behavior 10: 375-383. PMID: 21223506.
  • Bales, K.L., Boone, E., Epperson, P., Hoffman, G., Carter, C.S. (2011) Are behavioral effects of early experience mediated by oxytocin? Frontiers in Child and Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry 2: 1-12.
  • Laugero, K.D., Smilowitz, J.T., German, J.B., Jarcho, M.R., Mendoza, S.P., and Bales, K.L. (2011) Plasma omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid status and monounsaturated fatty acids are altered by chronic social stress and predict endocrine responses to acute stress in titi monkeys. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids 84:71-78.