Dr. Betty Dorr

Dr. Betty Dorr
Professor of Psychology


  • Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Behavior of Mammalian Systems 
  • Evolutionary Psychology 
  • Mating Systems
  • Mate Choice Mechanisms
  • Human Sexuality


  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1993
  • M.A., University of Nebraska, Omaha, 1988
  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 1984


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About Dr. Betty Dorr

Dr. Betty Dorr is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Fort Lewis College. She joined the College in 1991. Dorr's primary areas of academic expertise include: reproductive endocrinology and behavior of mammalian systems, evolutionary psychology, mating systems, and mate choice mechanisms and human sexuality.

Dr. Dorr’s research currently investigates knowledge of ovulation and menstruation in humans and behavior changes that may occur due to this knowledge. Dorr teaches Physiological Psychology, Animal Behavior, Psychological Research Methods, Statistics, and The Psychology of Intuition to name a few. She also enjoys volunteering with the Colorado Division of Wildlife at the Durango Wildlife Museum.

Selected presentations

  • Dorr, B. C. (in press).  What is perverse in fan fiction shipping? Accepted by the Shipping and Fandoms collection, editors Woods, C., Rojas, C., & Chow, E.
  • Dorr, B., C. (in revision). Has understanding of ovulation, menstruation and hormone-based contraceptives by college aged adults in the United States changed in the last 20 years? A surprising answer, not really. Under revision to address editorial feedback from Women’s Reproductive Health.
  • Dorr, B. (2019). Menstruation survey: One survey with many applications and Live from Denver: It’s Menstruation! At the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of the American Psychological Association) conference in Denver Colorado October 17-20.
  • Dorr, B. (2019). What do college students know about menstruation and ovulation? and Menstruation: Why does it have to be so difficult? Presentations at the 23rd Biennial Conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Colorado Springs, June 6-8.
  • Dorr, B. (2019). It is that time of conference - we need to talk about menstruation. Presentation at the National Sex Education Conference, Newark, New Jersey, April 4-6.
  • Santos, A., & Dorr, B. (2018). Round Table Discussion of Plagiarism. Mountain States Conference on the Teaching of Psychology. Central New Mexico College, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 
  • Dorr, B., & Cardona, N. (2018). It’s That Time of the Conference: Let’s Talk Menstruation! Presentation at the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Roundtable, Dorr, B. moderator, Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Nadon, C., Gehrman, J., Dorr, B., Malach, M., & Cardona, N. (2018). Everything Old Is New Again: Nostalgia in Contemporary American Television. Presentation at the Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Dorr, B. C. (2014). The study of Newtonian physics by domesticated felines (Felis silvestris catus).  The Journal of Irreproducible Results, 52, 16-21.

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