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Liam Cahill


School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Liam (he/him) is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences focusing on a thesis entitled addressing the influence of situational factors on male body shape preferences. He is also an hourly paid lecturer and teaches various research methods and statistics modules.

Career overview


  • NTU: BSc (Hons) Psychology (Mental Health) - First Class Honours
  • NTU: MSc Psychological Research Methods - Distinction


  • BPS Award 2019
  • MSc Highest Performance Award


Liam has held/holds a number of research and academic positions. He also teaches across research methods and statistics modules.

Research areas

Thesis Title: How does context influence male body-shape preferences in the opposing sex?

Liam is interested in research surrounding body image and body shape preferences. His PhD is interested in seeing whether variations in situational cognitive factors alter male preferences toward different body shapes. His work has theoretical implications for the field of body perception, and also applied implications for body image research.

Supervisorial team Dr Andrew Dunn,  Dr Filipe Cristino, Dr Mike Marriott

His wider research interests are in body image research, especially in sexual and gender minority groups. He has a keen interest in LGBTQ+ psychology and implications for health. His current research in this area involves addressing the association between body dissatisfaction and quality of life in gay men. He is also currently working on projects designed to address factors which may contribute to attitudes held about the trans and gender-diverse community.

Research Group Membership

Person Perception Research Group

Groups Identity and Health Research Group

Evolution and Social Interaction Research Group


  • Cahill, L.C., Dunn, A.K., Marriott, M., & Leunissen, J.M. (2019, 1 May). Development of a process for assessing male body image and body dissatisfaction, using the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP). Poster presented at the BPS Annual Conference, Harrogate.
  • Cahill, L.C. (2018, May). Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): A new category of eating disorder, but what exactly is it?  Psych-talk, Issue 80.
  • Premkumar, P., Baker, J., Cahill, L.C., Toindepi, G., Apo-Katigbak, J., Heym, N., Carretie, L. (2018, October). Attention to praise and criticism in people with schizotypal experiences relates to lack of emotional support: An electroencephalography study. Poster presented at the International Conference on Early Intervention in Mental Health, Boston.
  • Cahill, L.C. (2018, October). Why you shouldn't dismiss a placement year outright: Experiences of my placement within the Nottinghamshire CAMHS Eating Disorder Team. Psych-talk, Issue 91.
  • Cahill, L.C. (2017, May).  The rise of the right: What can psychology tell us? Psych-talk, Issue 87.