Christa Christ

Christa Christ
Christa Christ

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

Taylor Science Center 3037

Christa Christ's research seeks to understand the effect of genetic and environmental factors, as well as their interaction, on individual differences in social and risky behaviors (e.g. aggression, prosocial behavior, risky drinking).  Her research also examines the pathway between genetic variation and behavior by examining more immediate individual or situational factors (e.g. stress, intoxication, executive function) that may increase the likelihood of a behavior occurring.

In her spare time Christ loves reading, traveling, hiking and cooking. She earned her master's degree and doctorate in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received a bachelor's degree in chemistry and sociology with a criminal justice emphasis from Doane College.

Recent Courses Taught

Introduction to Psychology


  • Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior Seed Grant: "Aggregate Genetic Risk, Acute Stress, and Aggressive Behavior"

Select Publications

  • Christ, C. C., Carlo, G., & Stoltenberg, S. F. (2016). Oxytocin receptor (OXTR) single nucleotide polymorphisms indirectly predict prosocial behavior through perspective taking and empathic concern. Journal of Personality, 84, 204-213. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12152
  • Lundahl, A., Wahlstrom, L. C., Christ, C. C., & Stoltenberg, S. F. (2015). Gender differences in the relationship between impulsivity and disordered eating behaviors and attitudes. Eating Behaviors, 18. 120-124.
  • Stoltenberg, S. F., Christ, C. C., & Carlo, G. (2013). Afraid to help: Social anxiety mediates the association between 5-HTTLPR triallelic genotype and prosocial behavior. Social Neuroscience, 8, 400-406.
  • Liu, C. Temg Z. Q., McQuate, A. L., Jobe, E. M., Christ, C. C., von Hoyningen-Huene, S. J., Reyes, M. D., Polich, E. D., Xing, Y., Guo, W., & Zhao, X., (2013). An epigenetic feedback regulatory loop involving microRNA-195 and MBD1 governs neutral neural stem cell differentiation. PLos One, 8, e51436.
  • Stoltenberg, S. F., Christ, C. C., & Highland, K. B., (2012) Serotonin system gene polymorphisms are associated with impulsivity in a context dependent manner. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry, 39, 182-191. doi:10.1016/j.pnpbp.2012.06.012
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  • Stoltenberg, S. F., Lehmann, M. K., Christ, C. C., Hersrud, S. L., & Davies, G. E., (2011). Associations among types of implusivity, substance use problems and neurexin-3 polymorphisms. Drug Alcohol Depend, 119, e31-e38. doi:10.1016/jdrugalcdep. 2011.05.025
  • Stoltenberg, S. F., & Christ, C. C., (2011). Impulsivity, alcohol problems and neurexin-2 alpha promotor polymorphisms. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research: 35 (6) 135A. 
  • Carlo, G., Christ, C., Laible, D., & Gulseven, Z. (2015). An evolving and developing field of study: Prosocial morality from a biological cultural and developmental perspective. In T. K. Shakelford & R. D. Hansen (Eds.) The Evolution of Morality (pp. 53-76). New York: Springer.
  • Stoltenberg, S. F., Sullivan, G. A., & Christ, C. C., (2015). Aggression mediates and gender moderates the association between CNR1 (rs2180619) and alcohol-related problems. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism Scientific Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Stoltenberg, S. F. & Christ, C. C., (2014). Interation between FKBP5 and childhood trauma on emotional regulation difficulties. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism Scientific Meeting, Bellevue, WA.
  • Christ, C. C., & Stoltenberg, S. F. (2013). Sex specific associations between OXTR polymorphisms and altruistic helping behavior, perspective taking and empathetic concern. Poster presented at the 43rd Annual Behavior Genetic Association Meeting, Marseille, France.
  • Stoltenberg, S. F., & Christ, C. C., (2013). Association between OPRM1 rs1799971 polymorphism and fun seeking is moderated by sex. Poster presented at the 61st Annual Nebraska Symposiym on Motivation, Lincoln, NE and the 36th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  • Stoltenberg, S. F., Christ, C. C., & Highland, K. B., (2012). Serotonin system gene polymorphisms are associated with impulsivity in a context dependent manner. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Behavior Genetics Association, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.

Professional Affiliations

Behavior Genetics Association
Association for Psychological Science
International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society

Appointed to the Faculty: 2016

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.S., Doane College

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