Daniel Conroy-Beam

Daniel Conroy-Beam

Associate Professor

Research Area

Developmental and Evolutionary Psychology


Dan Conroy-Beam received his B.S. in Psychology and his Ph.D. in Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty of University of California Santa Barbara in 2016.


Dan uses an evolutionary perspective to understand how mate preferences are linked to actual mating outcomes. Specifically, he is interested in how mate preferences are integrated with one another computationally in order to make mating decisions. Dan's work combines agent-based modeling of mate choice evolution with studies of real couples to compare and explore candidate algorithms for how people select their mating strategies, evaluate potential mates, and regulate their relationships.