JeanMarie Bianchi

Assistant Professor of Practice
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Psychology 444

I earned my Ph.D. in 2016 from the University of Arizona in Psychology. I obtained my MA in Clinical Psychology in 2011 at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. I completed my BA at SUNY Albany in 2009 majoring in Psychology and US History.

I currently teach a wide range of courses to undergraduates here at UArizona. My large introductory course introduces new students to the field of psychology. I also teach courses on research design and statistical analysis. I teach two upper-level courses, one on the role of the brain in our psychological functioning and the other on the history of psychology as a discipline.

While my current work is more teaching focused, my research interests center around evolution and human behavior. 

Research Interests:

  • Evolution and human behavior
  • The cognitive, behavioral, and emotional strengths associated with growing up in harsh and unpredictable environments

Selected Publications:

  • Ellis, B. J., Bianchi, J., Griskevicius, V., & Frankenhuis, W. E. (2017). Beyond risk and protective factors: An adaptation-based approach to resilience. Perspectives on Psychological Science12(4), 561-587.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., de Vries, S. A., Bianchi, J., & Ellis, B. J. (2020). Hidden talents in harsh conditions? A preregistered study of memory and reasoning about social dominance. Developmental science23(4), e12835.
  • Wenner, C. J., Bianchi, J., Figueredo, A. J., Rushton, J. P., & Jacobs, W. J. (2013). Life history theory and social deviance: The mediating role of executive function. Intelligence41(2), 102-113.
  • Bianchi, J., & Strang, E. (2013). Is evolutionary psychology really value-free? A reconsideration. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology7(4), 304.

Courses Taught: 

  • PSY 150A1 - The Structure of Mind & Behavior (2023)
  • PSY 197A - Learning to Learn (2023)
  • PSY 230 - Psychological Measurement & Statistics (2017)
  • PSY 290A - Research Methods (2023)
  • PSY 300 - Cognitive Neuroscience: Guide to Mind & Brain (2024)
  • PSY 389 - Advanced Methods in Psychological Research (2024)
  • PSY 489 - History & Systems of Psychology (2024)

*Year listed indicates when this individual last taught the specified course.

Updated: 11/13/23


  • B.A. Psychology & U.S. History, SUNY Albany (2009)
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri: St. Louis (2011)
  • Ph.D. Psychology, University of Arizona (2016)