Elizabeth "Birdie" Shirtcliff, Ph.D.
Director of Applied Biopsychology Area
Dr. Elizabeth (Birdie) Shirtcliff maintains the Stress Physiology In Teens (SPIT) laboratory. She uses a variety of noninvasive tools to investigate psychobiological development. She is committed to understanding why and how biological measures are responsive to the social environment, including noninvasive measures of hormones such as cortisol, testosterone, estradiol, oxytocin and dihydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) as well as measures of autonomic and immune functioning. Dr. Shirtcliff’s focus is on hormones because the endocrine system is stress responsive, often mirroring an individual’s social environment. Dr. Shirtcliff conducts interdisciplinary research that examines both short term responses to stressors such as laboratory challenges, as well as changes that are not necessarily temporary but can consistently or even permanently change an individual’s biology such as exposure to poverty or experience with racism or child maltreatment.
Selected Publications (click here for curriculum vita)
(* denotes student-led research)
Shirtcliff, E. A., Allison, A. L., Armstrong, J. M., Slattery, M. J., Kalin, N. H., Essex, M. J. (2012). Longitudinal Stability and Developmental Properties of Salivary Cortisol Levels and Diurnal Rhythms in Early Adolescence. Developmental Psychobiology, 54(5), 493-502.
Del Guidice, M., Ellis, B.J., Shirtcliff, E.A. (2011). The Adaptive Calibration Model of stress responsivity. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 35, 1562-1592.
*Ruttle, P. L. , Shirtcliff, E. A., Serbin, L. A., Ben-Dat Fisher, D., Schwartzman, A. E. (2011). Disentangling psychobiological mechanisms underlying internalizing and externalizing behaviors in youth: Longitudinal and concurrent associations with cortisol. Hormones and Behavior, 59, 123-132.
*Eatough, E. M., Shirtcliff, E. A., Hanson, J. L., Pollak, S. D. (2009). Hormonal Reactivity to MRI Scanning in Adolescents. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 34, 1242-1246.
Shirtcliff, E. A., Vitacco, M. J., Graf, A., Gostisha, A., Merz, J. L., Zahn-Waxler, C. (2009). Neurobiology of Empathy and Callousness: Implications for the Development of Antisocial Behavior. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 27, 1-35.
Shirtcliff, E. A., Coe, C. L., Pollak, S. D. (2009). Early Childhood Stress is Associated with Elevated Antibody Levels to Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Shirtcliff, E. A., Zahn-Waxler, C., Klimes-Dougan, B, & Slattery, M. J. (2007). Salivary dehydroepiandrosterone responsiveness to social challenge in adolescents with internalizing problems. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 48 (6), 580-591.