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Thomas E. Van Cantfort is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Fayetteville State University. He is an evolutionary psychologist and teaches undergraduate statistics, experimental psychology, physiological psychology, sensation and perception, and history and systems in psychology. On the graduate level he teaches statistics, research methods, physiological psychology, and psychobiology of sex differences. Tom received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1986. His area of expertise has been the study of language acquisition in cross-fostered chimpanzees. Tom has worked with Drs. Allen and Beatrix Gardners for over ten years.

Susan Franzblau and Tom have been funded by the Research Center for Health Disparities and NIH to study the effects of yogic breathing and testimony on self-efficacy and depression in women who have experienced interpersonal violence.  They have a research team of graduate students working with them on this project.  This Yogic Breathing and Interpersonal Violence (YBIPV) project is located at  Fayetteville State University and has a branch research station at East Carolina University.

Current Publications:
Van Cantfort, T. E. (2013). Expanding the multicultural debate: Culture and nonhuman primates. In R. Eddy & V. Villanueva, (Eds.). 
A language and power anthology:  Representations of race in a post-racist era.  Logan, UT:  Utah State University Press.

Franzblau, S. H., Echevarria, S., Smith, M., & Van Cantfort, T. E. (2008). Preliminary investigation of the effects of giving testimony and learning yogic breathing techniques on battered women’s feelings of depression. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23(12), 1800 - 1808.

Jones, C. B. & Van Cantfort, T. E. (2007). A schema for multimodal communication applied to male mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata).  Laboratory Primate Newsletter, 46(2), 10 - 16.

Jones, C. B. & Van Cantfort, T. E. (2007). Multimodal communication by male mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) in sexual contexts: A descriptive analysis.  Folia Primatologica, 78(3), 166 - 185.

Franzblau, S. H., Smith, M., Echevarria, S., & Van Cantfort, T. E. (2006).  Take a breath, break the silence:  The effects of yogic breathing and testimony about battering on feelings of self-efficacy in battered women.  International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 16, 49-57.

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