H. Dieter Steklis, Ph.D., is Chief Academic Officer at the University of Arizona South and Professor of Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. He joined forces with the McClelland Institute to further the research of the Fathers, Parenting and Families Initiative. Dr. Steklis’ present research focuses on paternal behavior in mountain gorillas, comparative study of primate family systems, life history, personality and temperament, and the evolution of cognitive and emotional differences between apes and humans.
Dr. Steklis earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. He then began his academic career at Rutgers University. Dr. Steklis’ research, scholarship, and teaching interest span several disciplines including comparative anatomy, neurobiology, biological anthropology, and primatology.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Steklis has held several leadership positions with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, a non-profit organization dedicated to gorilla research and conservation in Africa. He often collaborates with his wife, Netzin Steklis, on research projects concerning comparative study of primate family systems, mountain gorilla parenting, personality and life history, and conservation. Their work has been featured in scholarly journals and books, national and international magazines, radio programs, and numerous television broadcasts (including National Geographic).