Alyssa Maness

Laboratory Assistant

Years in Lab: 2017 - present 

I am a UC Davis graduate with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology. While I have worked with a variety of species across taxonomic groups, my primary focus for the past 4.5 years has been with rhesus macaques at the California National Primate Research Center. During my time here, I spent eight months studying abnormal behavior, and then became very involved in studying social networks, dominance, and how those components relate to individual health outcomes. Presently, I am very pleased to be a part of a collaborative biobehavioral project with Drs. Karen Parker (Stanford – project lead), John Capitanio (UC Davis), and Elliot Sherr (UC San Francisco). This project explores naturally occurring low-sociability in rhesus macaques as a model for core social deficits observed in humans with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  


Awards and Accomplishments: 

  • UC Davis Regents Scholarship - 2012 to 2014
  • Mark of Excellence Award in the Society of Professional Journalists' Feature Profile Writing Competition - 2nd Place - 2012