Dr. Goldey is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Dr. Goldey joined the St. Edward's University faculty in August 2015. She currently teaches Animal Behavior and Human Sexuality, and she has also taught Research Methods, Learning & Cognition, Research & Field Experience, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Hormones & Behavior. Dr. Goldey enjoys working with students as they learn processes fundamental to psychological research: developing questions, reading relevant literature, collecting and analyzing data, and sharing findings with others. Dr. Goldey's research interests include hormones and behavior, evolution, human sexuality, gender, LGBTQ+ populations, pair bonding/romantic relationships, and stress.


  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, Biopsychology, 2015
  • M.S. University of Michigan, Biopsychology, 2011
  • B.A. Southwestern University, Animal Behavior, 2008

Publications & Articles


Goldey, K. L., & Espinosa, A.* (2020). Sculptorades, cloodles, and cameos, oh my! A Cranium game for general psychology. Teaching of Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/0098628320979877

Gray, J.M.*, Montemayor, E.*, Drennan, M.*, Widmann, M.*, & Goldey, K.L. (2020). A mental winner effect? Competitive mental imagery impacts self-assurance but not testosterone in women. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s40750-020-00149-x

Evans, R.*, Widman, L., & Goldey, K.L. (2020). The role of adolescent sex education in sexual satisfaction among LGB+ and heterosexual young adults. American Journal of Sexuality Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/15546128.2020.1763883

Goldey K.L., Crockett, E.E., & Boyette-Davis, J. (2019). Spit-tacular science: Collaborating with undergraduates on publishable research with salivary biomarkers. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 562. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00562

*indicates student co-author



Olvera, J.*, & Goldey, K.L. (2019). Effects of cheerful versus somber classical music on emotional perception. Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Crochet, C.*, Archey, M.L.*, Goldey, K.L., & Deaton Haynes, R. (2018). Recognizing Ryan: The effects of name gender on social perceptions. Southwestern Psychological Association, Houston, TX.

Gray, J.*, Montemayor, E.*, Archey, M.*, & Goldey, K.L. (2018). Imagination is the name of the game: Competitive mental imagery changes mood but not testosterone levels in women. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

Raven, A.*, Zooper, S.*, Deaton Haynes, R., & Goldey, K.L. (2018). Age before beauty? Female preferences for male age, attractiveness, and masculinity. Southwestern Psychological Association, Houston, TX.

Crochet, C.*, & Goldey, K.L. (2018). Singlehood and relationship experiences: Jealousy and sexual desire across stages of relationships. Southwestern Psychological Association, Houston, TX.

Deaton Haynes, R., Archey, M.L.*, Moujaes, A.*, & Goldey, K.L. (2017). Call me Caroline: First names influence interpersonal judgment through mere-exposure effect. Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Archey, M.*, Gray, J.*, Dahlhausen, C.*, Mercado, A.N.*, Widmann, M.*, & Goldey, K.L. (2017). It’s not just what you get, but also what you give: Effects of competitive mental imagery on mood. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Evans, R.N.*, & Goldey, K.L. (2017). Associations between sex education and well-being in adult relationships. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Archey, M.L.*, Gardon, S.*, Crockett, E., Goldey, K.L., & Boyette-Davis, J.A. (2016). The influence of testosterone on pain perception differences between males and females exposed to the cold pressor test. Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

Goldey, K.L., Posh, A.R.*, Bell, S.N., & van Anders, S.M. (2014). Defining pleasure: A focus group study of dyadic sexual pleasure in queer and heterosexual women. International Academy of Sex Research, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Goldey, K.L., Conley, T.D., & van Anders, S.M. (2014). Dynamic associations between testosterone and partnering during the college transition. Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

For Students

Why I Teach

I teach to spark students' desire to ask questions about the interactions between behavior, biology, and the social environment. I aim to provide students with concrete strategies for exploring the questions that most interest them.

Department Group

School Group

School of Behavioral and Social Sciences