C. Sue Carter, PhD

Distinguished University Research Scientist at Indiana University

C. Sue Carter, Ph.D. is a Distinguished University Research Scientist at Indiana University Bloomington. From 2014-2019, Dr. Carter was Director of the Kinsey Institute and Rudy Professor of Biology at Indiana University where she is now an Emerita Professor. She is also Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was co-director of the Brain-Body Center in the Department of Psychiatry. Previously, Dr. Carter held the position of Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland and before that was a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology, Ethology and Evolution at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Carter is a past-president of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society and holds Fellow status in that society, as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received an NIH Career Award from the National Institute of Mental Health and has been the recipient of federal funding for her research for over five decades. She is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and has edited 5 books (including “Attachment and bonding: A new synthesis) (MIT Press, 2006). Dr. Carter is the scientist who has discovered the relationship between social behavior and oxytocin. Her work examines how oxytocin pathways regulate behavioral and physiological systems, necessary for mammalian sociability and eventually human evolution