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Gendered Psychology Project

As part of a Gendered Psychology Project, the student will capture today’s shifting sex and gender variation by investigating whether psychological attributes that typically differ between heterosexual women and heterosexual men also vary in systematic ways across sexual minorities.

We expect some attributes will show evidence of the gender shift hypothesis (i.e., lesbian and gay men’s attributes reside somewhere in between those of heterosexual women and men). We further predict observed gender shifts will be more pronounced among transgendered individuals who exhibit aspects of gender identity dysphoria, cross-sex gender role orientations (i.e., especially feminine men and masculine women), or have a history of childhood gender non-conformity. Students will be involved with participant recruitment and the coordinated assessment of sexual identity, gender role orientation, and sexual orientation using a wide array of cutting-edge multi-dimensional instruments. By doing so, they will advance the taxonomic understanding of the biocultural roots of gendered psychology, with implications for addressing gender-related mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, suicidality, and substance abuse.

Please contact the supervisor before starting to write a research proposal.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

Good luck!

This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.

Meet the Supervisor(s)

David Schmitt - Prof. Schmitt serves as Director of the Centre for Culture and Evolution at Brunel University London. Research Interests: Evolutionary and cross-cultural approaches to understanding personality, sexuality, gender/sex differences.