People in the Lab

We are an active research group comprising post-doctoral research fellows, PhD candidates, Masters of Psychology students, Honours of Psychology students, Research Assistants, and a Lab Manager.

  • Dr Khandis Blake
    Dr Khandis Blake

    Director of Lab

    Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

    +61 3 9035 5733

  • Sylvia Harmon-Jones

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Economic inequality, romantic and childhood attachment, early life adversity, and development

  • Auguste Harrington

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow


  • Jacob Kuek

    Laboratory Manager

  • Lindsie Arthur

    PhD Candidate

    Hormonal contraceptives, menstrual cycle, female competitiveness, status seeking

  • Tomas Cartmill

    PhD Candidate

    Radical extremism, deradicalization, political ideology, emotions

  • Macken Murphy

    PhD Candidate

    Mating behaviour, mate value, inequality, infidelity

  • Wahidah Pan

    PhD Candidate

    Beauty, physical attractiveness, self-objectification, status seeking

  • Mark Leak

    Honours Candidate 2023

    Intimate partner violence, attachment theory, romantic relationship dynamics, personality and social psychology

  • Ash Neilson

    Honours Candidate 2023

    Masculinity, behaviour change implementation, emotional repression, heteronormativity

  • Kabir Manandhar Shrestha

    Research Data Specialist (MDAP)

    Natural language processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cloud computing

  • Claire Lin

    Research Intern

  • Meila Wong

    Research Intern

    Gender and sexuality norms

  • Alsa Wu

    Research Intern

    Interpersonal influences, menstrual cycle, sex hormones

  • Other Members

    Sulaman Sarwar, Masters Student
    Lu Korth, Research Intern

    Michelle Li, Research Intern

    Join the Lab

    If our research interests you, don’t be afraid to reach out and see if you might join our lab. We are always looking for colleagues with similar interests, and students who want to gain more experience in these topics.Twice a year, we recruit research interns to gain more experience in conducting research. Typically, there are only a small number of these positions, and we preference students with at least third or fourth year training in psychology or related fields. If you are interested, please send a recent CV and transcript to the Evolution Lab Director, Dr Khandis Blake ( you are interested in completing a PhD in the Evolution Lab, please send a recent CV, transcript and writing sample to the Evolution Lab Director, Dr Khandis Blake. Also ensure you let Dr Blake know what your research interests are.


Dr Gulnaz Anjum, Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan

Dr Ruben Arslan, University of Leipzig

Dr Brock Bastian, University of Melbourne

Dr Rob Brooks, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Dr Kathleen Casto, Kent State University

Dr Thomas Denson, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Dr Barnaby Dixson, University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Steven Gangestad, University of New Mexico

Dr Scott Griffiths, University of Melbourne

Dr Michael Kasumovic, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Dr Isabel Krug, University of Melbourne

Dr Siobhan O’Dean, University of Sydney

Dr Tania Reynolds, The University of New Mexico

Dr Julia Stern, University of Bremen

Dr Stephen Whyte, Queensland University of Technology