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Gendered Psychology Project


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Prof D Schmitt Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the 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.

Candidates will have a UG degree in Psychology or a related discipline, and preferably also an MSc or PGT degree in Psychology or a related discipline.

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

Funding Notes

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: Recently the UK Government made available the Doctoral Student Loans of up to £25,000 for UK and EU 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%.)

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