Biography

As an undergraduate I completed a year abroad at the London School of Economics with a heavy emphasis on evolutionary psychology which put me on track towards my PhD (2009) at the University of Texas at Austin (supervisor David Buss). My dissertation focused on hormonal influences on the psychology of disease avoidance and disgust. After my PhD I conducted research on behaviour change and hand washing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and worked at the Center for Women's Mood Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I joined the University of Portsmouth in September of 2011 and am a member of the Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology group.

Research Interests

  • Hormonal influences on the psychology of women including the effects of menstrual cycle.
  • How humans adaptively avoid cues of contagion including the regulation of disgust sensitivity.
  • Evolutionary approaches to health, disease and psychiatric disorder.

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