Mental health in older adults

Our MSc student Lizzie Hannaford has published her research on mental health in older adults

Pupil dilation in response to faces

Great work from our undergrads Sara, Zara and Kirsty who published their dissertation work in Nature Scientific Report  

Our work on emotional distress in Scotland

Our work on emotional distress in Scotland has been published and can be accessed:


Charlotte presents at Early Career Researchers’ Forum

Charlotte Starkey gave a talk last month on her research into masculinity and suicide at the ‘Suicide and Self-Harm Early Career Researchers’ Forum’ at the University of Glasgow.

Dundee and Me: How the City Shapes our Mood

Fhionna, Eddie Small of Humanities, UoD, and Robin Sloan of Computer Arts, Abertay, have been awarded a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement grant for the project ‘Dundee and Me: How the City Shapes our Moods’. We will explore links between our local environment and our emotions with groups of school children and mental health service users. The project will finish with a performance and exhibition of computer arts, poetry, creative writing, art, and performances.

Predicting emotional distress in Scotland

Our research with NHS 24 on environmental predictors of emotional distress and suicide rates in Scotland has been published by the Richard Benjamin Trust, and can be accessed here:

Jaime presenting at EHBEA

Jaime Benjamin presented her PhD research in 2 posters at the annual meeting of the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association last month in Paris.

Fhionna appointed at honorary Psychology Advisor for NHS Tayside

I was recently appointed on an honorary 2 year contract to act as Psychology Advisor to the Tayside Multiagency Suicide Review Group. I will work with the group to develop a database that will inform case reviews and provide a rich research resource.

Encyclopedia entries published

We have contributed to the ‘Encyclopaedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science’ (2016). Our entries (on dominance and status) can be found here:

Tayside Suicide Research Network

I’m delighted to announce the Tayside Suicide Research Network, led and coordinated by Fhionna, is now up and running. Go to for our aims, members, projects, and seminar schedule.