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Dr Lynda Boothroyd

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Durham

Online research

Research areas






Education 2001 – 2004      University of St Andrews         PhD Evolutionary and Developmental Psychology
      Supported by MRC Studentship
                  Supervisors: Prof. David Perrett, Prof. Richard Byrne
      Examiners: Dr Klaus Zuberbühler, Dr David Waynforth        
 2000 -2001        University of Liverpool           MSc Evolutionary Psychology, passed with Distinction 
1997 -2000        University of Durham            BA(hons) Psychology, Upper second class 
Professional Memberships
2003 to present    Graduate member of the British Psychological Society
2001 to present    Member of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (subscription)
Research and teaching positions
Oct 2006 –present        University of Durham                Lecturer          Psychology
Oct 2005 –Sept 2006    University of Durham                Temporary teaching fellow   Psychology
2003 - present              Open University                        Summer School Tutor    
Oct 2004 – Sept 2005   University of Durham                Research fellow   ESRC postdoctoral fellow .
Oct 2004 – April 2005  University of Durham                Joint Honours supervisor and demonstrator  
2002 –2004                  University of St Andrews          Tutor, Demonstrator, Lecturer    PT degree course
Courses taught
Subhonours: Introduction to Social & Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Everyday Life I & II, SPSS
Honours level: Research Methods in Psychology (memory component), Social & Developmental Psychology (social), The Evolution of Human Behaviour
Grants and awards
2013-16 Leverhulme Trust RPG-2013-113 ‘Impact of media access and local ecology on beauty ideals in Nicaragua’ £249 000
2010 ESRC small grant ES/H034773/1, ‘Facial preferences across development’ with Co-I E Meins. (£93,690.15 FEC)
2010 Nuffield Science Bursary, for a summer project by A Gray (£1 440)
2010-12 EOARD Project grant With L Rendell (St Andrews, PI), W Brown (QMU), and R O’Gorman (Essex).
2009-12 EOARD Project grant With J Bering (Queens, PI), J Barkow (Dalhousie), and R O’Gorman (Essex).
2009 Nuffield Science Bursary, for a summer project by S Chohan (£1 440)
2005  International Incoming Short Visit Royal Society grant, with D Perrett, for a visit by B Pawlowski. (£2 500) 
2004  ESRC Post-doctoral Fellowship (£28 000)
2003  Grindley Grant         EPS conference travel grant  (£400)
2001  MRC Studentship      Quota award studentship (total award approx. £43 000)
1997  Educational Grant    Manchester Unitary Society grant (£600)
Public dissemination of research
I have been involved in disseminating research through the media in a variety of ways.  I have been interviewed by many national and regional radio stations, and by BBC Breakfast news, regarding recent publications and have also been interviewed by British and international newspaper journalists.  I have been involved in collaborating with both BBC and Channel 4 science programs to run facial perception experiments for the public.  I have also appeared on a Channel 4 science program (‘Superhumans’) discussing facial attraction.