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Durham University

Psychology

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Dr Lynda Boothroyd, BA MSc PhD

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Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43289
Room number: L72

Contact Dr Lynda Boothroyd

Villages in rural Nicaragua have varying access to visual media, e.g. via satellite television.

Dr Lynda Boothroyd is Associate Professor of Psychology, and Director of Research in Psychology at Durham University. She has spent 16 years researching both human lifehistory theory and interpersonal attraction with a particular interest in facial masculinity. She has recently focused on body ideals in rural Nicaragua alongside experimental work both in the laboratory and in the field on the impacts of visual experience on body size preferences. 

She has a multidisciplinary approach to her research, incorporating perspectives from Evolutionary Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology and Biological Anthropology, and has incorporated a mixed-methods component in her current work.

 In addition, she is a trainer for ‘Succeed’– the UK edition of an international preventative body image programme – and has trained students at Durham and Newcastle in being peer leaders on this programme.

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Lynda is currently Vice-President of the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA) and is a regular at the Human Behaviour and Evolution Society meetings, as well as the UK's leading body image meeting, Appearance Matters.

Information for potential PhD and postdoc researchers

She is interested in supporting applications for PhDs or postdoctoral fellowships from researchers who want to pursue interdisciplinary projects addressing how sociocultural, psychological and bio-evolutionary factors influence our conceptions of attractiveness, body shape, or gender. She is also interested in supporting projects on body image interventions, particularly from a cross-cultural perspective.

Potential funding streams applications should consider include the ESRC Nine-DTP stream for PhDs and postdoctoral fellows, the University's doctoral studentships, and the European Research Council's MArie Curie post-doctoral scheme.

Research Interests

  • Attraction
  • Body size preferences
  • Evolutionary Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Facial masculinity
  • Father absence theory
  • Body image

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