Dr Becca Franks

Becca Franks

In the Champagne Lab, which I joined in 2007, I am exploring how motivational tendencies to focus on gains (promotion focus) vs. losses (prevention focus) determine resource use, environmental needs, and overall health. This research builds on my masters project with Cottontop Tamarin at the Prospect Park Zoo and a history of nonhuman animal research from Pacific Walruses at the New York Aquarium to my undergraduate honors thesis on Hamadryas Baboon at NYU. Combining current social psychology theories (specifically those of my advisor E. Tory Higgins) with animal behavior and neuroendocrinology at the Champagne Lab, I hope to contribute to the growing science of animal welfare and enrichment.


Kundakovic M, Gudsnuk K, Franks B, Madrid J, Miller RL, Perera FP, Champagne FA, 2013, Sex-specific epigenetic disruption and behavioral changes following low-dose in utero bisphenol A exposure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110(24):9956-61.

Mashoodh R, Franks B, Curley JP & Champagne FA, 2012, Paternal social enrichment effects on maternal behavior and offspring growth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Higgins ET, Franks B, Sehnert S, Manely K & Pavarini, D, 2012, Expressed Likelihood As Motivator: Creating Value Through Engaging What's Real. Journal of Economic Psychology.

Franks B & Higgins ET, 2012, Effectiveness in Human and Other Animals. In M P Zanna & J Olson (Eds), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology. Vol 46. Elsevier Academic Press Inc.

Franks B, Higgins ET & Champagne FA, 2012, Evidence for individual differences in regulatory focus in rats, Rattus norvegicus. Journal of Comparative Psychology.

Curley JP, Jensen CL, Franks B & Champagne FA, 2012, Variation in maternal and anxiety-like behavior associated with discrete patterns of oxytocin and vasopressin 1a receptor density in the lateral septum. Hormones & Behavior 61: 454-461.

Franks B, Curley JP & Champagne FA, 2011, Measuring variations in maternal behavior: Relevance for studies of mood and anxiety, In Gould T. (ed) Mood and Anxiety Related Phenotypes in Mice: Characterization Using Behavioral Tests Vol 2. Springer - pp 209-223

Jerant A, Sohler N, Fiscella K, Franks B & Franks P, 2010, Tailored interactive multimedia computer programs to reduce health disparities, Opportunities and challenges. Patient Education and Counseling.

Franks B, Lyn H, Klein L & Reiss D, 2010, Behavior patterns of the Pacific Walrus in response to environmental and temporal changes, Zoo Biology 29(3): 397-404.

Lyn H, Franks B & Savage-Rumbaugh S, 2008, Precursors of morality in the use of the symbols ‘‘good” and ‘‘bad” in two bonobos (Pan paniscus) and a chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) , Language & Communication 28: 213-224.

Contact information

Columbia University
Department of Psychology
406 Schermerhorn Hall
1190 Amsterdam Ave
New York
NY 10027

tel:212 854-2490

fax:212 854-3609

email: Dr Becca Franks