Dr David Doyle
Lecturer in Social Psychology


Research interests

Health is a more dynamic construct than many recognize; it encompasses a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being” (World Health Organization, 1946). In my work, I investigate interrelationships among these three components, with the aim of elucidating factors that shape health differentially across social groups. My research spans levels of analysis—from cells to minds to societies—and considers the life course of the individual. In doing so, I utilize methodologies from social psychology (e.g., experiments, daily diary studies), epidemiology (e.g., directed acyclic graphs, prospective cohort studies) and behavioral medicine (e.g., neuroendocrine assays, psychophysiological techniques), as well as other related fields.

Research projects

How do threats to social identity affect close relationships (e.g., romantic relationships)?

In what ways does exposure to prejudice and discrimination become biologically embedded?

What factors shape the distribution of social health throughout the population?


(2018-2019) Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health Research Support Grant, Transforming Knowledge about the Outcomes of Gender Identity Service Use: Co-development of a Research Agenda.

(2017-2019) British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, Testing Modulation of the Effects of Psychosocial Stress on Romantic Relationships by Oxytocin Receptor Genotype.

(2015-2016) Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Seed Grant, Dynamics of Relationship Functioning among Black Americans following Social Identity Threat.

(2012-2013) Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Grant-in-Aid, Many Pathways to Impaired Mental Health: Testing a Dynamic Model of Acute Social Identity Threat among Gay Men.

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