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 gender identity. Mostly, I am interested in the evolutionary, genetic, hormonal, and immunological bases for the development of third gender identities in a non-Western culture, Thailand.

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 2013

Supervisor: Dr. Ashley Monks

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

Western University

BA, Honours Psychology

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


Areas of Expertise:

  • Human Sexuality
  • Biological Psychology
  • Statistics for Behavioural Science
  • Animal Physiology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Cognitive Psychology

Core Skills:

  • Statistics and Data Analysis
  • R
  • Python
  • Data Visualization
  • Scientific Writing
  • Experimental Design
  • Survey Construction
  • University Teaching
  • Science Outreach and Education

Bench Skills:

  • Perfusion and Immersion Fixation
  • Image Analysis
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • PCR and qPCR
  • Veterinary Surgery on Rodents
  • Western Blotting
  • Microscopy
  • Stereology

Contact Me!

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