Lindsay Coome

PhD Candidate


I'm Lindsay, a PhD candidate in Psychology at the University of Toronto. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Western University in 2012 and my master's degree from Dr. Ashley Monks' lab at UTM in 2013. I am now working on my PhD under the supervision of Dr. Doug VanderLaan and Dr. Ashley Monks. My research interests span the fields of biological, evolutionary, and cross-cultural psychology. My thesis investigates the science of sexual orientation, and whether subgroups of gay men (identified by their anal sex roles) differ in the developmental processes that influence their same-sex attraction.

In my spare time I enjoy engaging in science outreach activities and promoting open science and reproducible research. I enjoy all things nature-related and spend as much time outdoors as I can.

Links to the VanderLaan, Monks and Gwynne labs, and an organization I'm heavily involved in, U of T Scientific Coders.


University of Toronto

PhD, Psychology

September 2013 - Present

Supervisors: Dr. Doug VanderLaan and Dr. Ashley Monks

Outside Project Supervisor: Dr. Darryl Gwynne

University of Toronto

MA, Psychology

September 2012 - September 2013

Supervisor: Dr. Ashley Monks

Thesis Title: Neural action of androgens in the suprachiasmatic nucleus brain clock

Western University

BA, Honours Psychology

September 2007 - May 2012

Undergraduate Thesis Supervisors: Dr. Peter Ossenkopp and Dr. Martin Kavaliers

Thesis Title: The effects of the rat estrous cycle on lithium chloride-induced conditioned taste avoidances


Core Skills:

  • Statistics and Data Analysis
  • SPSS
  • R
  • Scientific Writing
  • Experimental Design
  • Survey Construction
  • University Teaching
  • Public Speaking
  • Science Outreach and Education

Bench Skills:

  • Anthropometry
  • Morphometric Face Analysis
  • Image Analysis
  • PCR and qPCR
  • Veterinary Surgery on Rodents
  • Western Blotting
  • Microscopy
  • Stereology

Other Skills:

  • HTML5/CSS3
  • Graphic Design
  • Wordpress
  • Bash (Basic Knowledge)
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

Contact Me!


Department of Psychology
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6