Areas of Study
Email Address
Taylor Science Center 3065

Kelly Faig specializes in social and affective neuroscience. Her research broadly investigates how emotional and physiological individual difference factors influence stress responses. In one line of work, she is examining how immune-related threats impact social perception and affective processes. She is also investigating environmental and neurobiological mechanisms involved in stress-related conditions like loneliness, depression, and anxiety.

Faig received her B.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology with a concentration in integrative neuroscience from the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to Hamilton she was a postdoctoral associate at Duke University.

Recent Courses Taught

Introduction to Psychology
Health Psychology


  • Best Early Career Abstract Award, International Society for Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2020
  • Genomics for Social Scientists Travel Award, 2020
  • John Dewey Prize Lectureship for Course Design, University of Chicago, 2018

Select Publications

  • Necka, E.A., Kardan, O., Puts, D.A., Faig, K.E., Berman, M.G., Norman, G.J. (2019) Visual cues to fertility are in the eye (movements) of the beholder. Hormones and Behavior, 115(10),45-62.
  • Dimitroff, S. J., Harrod, E. G, Smith, K. E., Faig, K. E., Decety, J., & Norman, G. J. (2019) Altruistic punishment following observed social rejection. Emotion.
  • Necka, E.A., Faig, K.E., Van Hedger, K., Lyons, I.M., Dimitroff, S. J., Luhmann, M., Puts, D.A., Norman, G.J. (2018) Women’s attention to and memory for fertile- and non-fertile phase women across the menstrual cycle. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 4(3), 283-305.
  • Smith, K.E., Faig, K.E. (2014). The Role of Flexibility in Personal Space Preferences. The Journal of Neuroscience: The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 34(31), 10135–6.
  • Faig, K. E., Nikolova, Y. S., & Hariri, A. R. (2015). Genetic Neuroimaging of Social Perception. Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference, 3, 97–105.

Professional Affiliations

Society for Psychophysiology
Society for Social Neuroscience
Society for Psychoneuroendocrinology

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Chicago
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., Wake Forest University

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