Centre for Behaviour and Evolution

Staff Profile

Dr Gareth Richards



Gareth is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology, and a member of the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution (CBE) at Newcastle University.  He completed a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Research Methods in Psychology at Swansea University, and a PhD in Psychology at Cardiff University.  After this, he held two postdoctoral positions at the University of Cambridge where he was also a member of the Trinity College Postdoctoral Society.


  • BSc Psychology (First Class Honours), Swansea University (2008-2011)

  • MSc Research Methods in Psychology (Distinction), Swansea University (2011-2012)

  • PhD Psychology, Cardiff University (2012-2017)


  • Centre for Behaviour and Evolution, Newcastle University
  • European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (Full Member)
  • Advance HE (Fellow)


Gareth’s main research interests lie within Evolutionary and Developmental Psychology.  In particular, he is interested in how prenatal testosterone exposure can predict variations in subsequent developmental and behavioural outcomes.  Gareth is currently investigating how foetal androgens may relate to left-handedness and has been using a range of research methods including analysis of hormones present in amniotic fluid and umbilical cord blood.


Gareth teaches on the Psychology BSc (Honours) programme, and supervises undergraduate, Masters, and PhD projects. He is always happy to hear from students who are interested in working with him.

Module Lead:

  • PSY3042: Sex Differences and the Brain
  • PSY8061: Advanced Research Methods for Applied Psychology A


  • PSY1001: Psychological Enquiry 1 - Psychological Literacy and Academic Skills
  • PSY1006: Instinct, Learning and Motivation
  • PSY2008: Psychological Enquiry 2: Principles of Psychology
  • PSY2020: Evolution, Behaviour & Comparative Cognition
  • PSY3048: Advanced Statistics for Empirical Psychology