M. Catherine DeSoto

Professor of Psychology

M. Catherine DeSoto

Bartlett 2062

(319) 273-7475

M. Catherine DeSoto

Professor of Psychology


Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia

Research Interests

Estrogen on both normal behavior and the expression of psychopathology.

Measurement of hormone levels via radioimmunoassay and how this relates to various behaviors.

Toxins and Neurodevelopment

Professional Accomplishments

DeSoto, M.C. (2016). Speculation on Vitamin K, VKORC1 and autism. Medical Hypotheses, 96: 30-33.

DeSoto, M.C. (2016) Suppression of women's cortisol variance: Depression doesn't mediate the sex difference.Psychoneuroendocrinology, 63, 383-4.  

Hitlan, R.T., Zarate, M.A., Kelly, K. & DeSoto, M.C. (2015). Linguistic ostracism causes prejudice: Support for a serial mediation effect.  Journal of Social Psychology, 156 (4), 442-436.

DeSoto, M.C. & Hitlan, R.T. (2015) Can duel hormones ever duel? Neuroendocrine interactions during social  exclusion. North American Journal of Psychology, 17, 555-574.  

DeSoto, M.C. & Salinas, M. (2015)  Neuroticism and cortisol: The importance of checking for sex differences.Psychoneuroendocrinology, 62, 174 - 179.

DeSoto, M.C. & Hitlan, R.T. (2013). Professional opinion on the question of changes in autism incidence. Open Journal of Psychiatry, 3 (2A), 61-67. 

DeSoto, M.C. & Hitlan R.T. (2012). Synthetic folic acid supplementation during pregnancy may increase the risk of developing autism. Journal of Pediatric Biochemistry, 2 (4). 

DeSoto, M.C.& Hitlan, R.T. (2010). Sorting out the spinning of autism: heavy metals and the question of incidence. Acta Neurobiologica Experimentalis, 70 (2). 165-76.   full text available

DeSoto, M.C. (2009). Ockham's Razor and Autism: The case for developmental neurotoxins contributing to a disease of neurodevelopment. Neurotoxicology, 30 (3). 331-337.  

DeSoto, M.C., Hitlan, R.T. Deol, R.S. & McAdams, D. (2009). Testosterone fluctuations in young men: The difference between interacting in like and not-like others. Evolutionary Psychology, 8(2), 173-188.

DeSoto, M.C. (2008). A reply to Soden: Your data shows autistic children have higher levels of heavy metals. Clinical Toxicology. 46 (10). 1098. 

DeSoto, M.C. & Hitlan, R.T. (2007). Blood levels of mercury are related to diagnosis of autism: A reanalysis of an important data set. Journal of Child Neurology, 22 (11), 1308-1311.

DeSoto, M.C. (2007). Borderline Personality Disorder, gender and serotonin: Does estrogen play a role? In Martina Czerbskas (Ed.) Psychoneuroendocrinology Research Frontiers. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.: Hauppauge, NY. a

DeSoto. M.C., Bumgardner, J., Close, A., & Geary D.C. (2007) Investigating the role of hormones in Theory of Mind. North American Journal of Psychology, 9 (3).

Sheldon, M., Cooper, M. L., Geary, D., DeSoto, M.C. & Hoard, M. K. (2006). Fertility Cycle Patterns in Motives for Sexual Behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 32 (12), 1659-1673. 

Geary, D. C., Hoard, M. K., Craven, J.B & DeSoto, M.C. (2004). Strategy choices in simple and complex addition: Contributions of working memory and counting knowledge for children with mathematical disability. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 88 (2), 121-151.

DeSoto, M.C. & Buelow-Kopp, K.  (2003). Evolutionary theory, waist-to-hip ratio and predicting female attractiveness. Psychology, Evolution and Gender, 5, 83-88.