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About Sarah Boysen, PhD

Founding Director of the Chimpanzee Center and the Comparative Cognition Project at Ohio State University, Dr. Boysen’s research has focused on chimpanzees’ cognitive abilities in relation to intelligence, conceptual understanding, and neuroscience. An Ohio native, she was selected as the one of the top 50 women scientists by Discover Magazine.

Positions

2018 - Present Chief Editor of Comparative Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology
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2015 - Present Content Contributor, The Animal Studies Repository
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1997 - Present Faculty, The Ohio State University ‐ Psychology
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1994 - 1997 Associate Professor, The Ohio State University ‐ Psychology
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1991 - 1993 Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University ‐ Psychology
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Grants

2012 Comparative studies of causal understanding in the great apes
Milwaukee Zoological Society
2010 Comparative studies of joint attention in captive chimpanzees and children
University of Portsmouth
Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship
2009 Comparative studies of causal understanding in the great apes
Milwaukee Zoological Society
2001 Continued Studies of Cognitive Development in Infant Chimpanzees
Discovery Channel Foundation
1999 Evaluative processes and quantity judgments
National Institute of Mental Health
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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Member, American Society of Primatologists
Present Member, Comparative Cognition Society
Present Member, International Primatological Society
Present Member, Midwestern Psychological Association
Present Member, Psychonomic Society
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Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Discover Magazine’s “Fifty Most Important Women Scientists.”
  • American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientist Lecturer
  • Columbus YWCA Woman of Achievement
  • The Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching

Education

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1980 - 1983 PhD, The Ohio State University
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1974 - 1976 MS, University of Oklahoma ‐ Developmental / Comparative Psychology
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1971 - 1974 BS, The Ohio State University ‐ Primate Ethology
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Research Works (15)