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H. Dieter Steklis, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychology
University of Arizona South
FSHD Affiliate Faculty
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-7572

H. Dieter Steklis, Ph.D., is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona South.  He joined forces with the McClelland Institute to further the research of the “Fathers, Parenting, and Families” Initiative.  Dr. Steklis’ present research focuses on the comparative study of personality and temperament, cognitive and emotional differences between apes and humans, and paternal behavior in mountain gorillas.

Dr. Steklis earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.  He then began his academic career at Rutgers University.  Dr. Steklis’ research, scholarship, and teaching interest span several disciplines including comparative anatomy, neurobiology, biological anthropology, and primatology.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Steklis has held several leadership positions with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, a non-profit organization dedicated to gorilla research and conservation in Africa.  He often collaborates with his wife, Netzin Steklis, on research projects concerning mountain gorilla personality, behavior, biology and conservation.  Their work has been featured in national and international magazines, radio programs, and numerous television broadcasts (including National Geographic).

Tel: Main Office 520.621.1075 Norton School Student Services 520.621.1295
Mailing Address: 650 N. Park Ave Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078 (Map to McClelland Park)
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