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Liam Cahill


School of Social Sciences

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Liam is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences focusing on a thesis entitled: How does context influence male body-shape preferences in the opposing sex? He also completes work as an Hourly Paid Lecturer across Research Methods one and two, and also for Statistics.

Career overview


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


  • BPS Award 2019
  • MSc Highest Performance Award

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 current PhD work involves seeing whether changes in context (in the form of threats) may cause variations in an individual’s body shape preferences. This will help to shed light on how and why an individual’s preferences towards thinner and heavier body types may vary, and under what conditions these changes would be expected. Specifically, he is interested in relevant threats, such as the threat of pathogens, the threat of mortality and when male’s fear their masculinity is threatened. Thus, this work will inform a wide range of research areas.

Supervisorial team

Dr Andrew Dunn (DoS)

Dr Mike Marriott

Dr Filipe Cristino

Research Group/Centres and Projects

Person Perception 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.