Lecturer
Applied Psychology
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
E: r.king@ucc.ie

Applied Psychology

T: 353-21-490-4515

I am an early career researcher with interests in biological psychology, behavioral ecology, and philosophy of mind. I have published and consulted in areas pertaining to human sexual behavior and regularly review for Journal of Sexual Medicine, Archives of Sexual Behavior and Journal of Evolutionary Psychology.
I completed my PhD with Jay Belsky, studying fertility-related aspects of female sexual response--work which I am continuing.
Recently, I have started to research aspects of forensic psychology using a biological framework. Some of this is part of a much larger project with Liverpool and The University of East London and involving the MET police. 
I now live and work in Cork, Ireland. 

Research Interests

My research concerns using a biological framework to investigate human behavior. My active research interests at the moment include: Examining the recent UK riots using behavioral ecology/life history theory, investigating fertility-related aspects of human female sexual response, and investigating aspects of human dating preferences from a biological standpoint. I have lately started to integrate anthropological research into my profile with three publications on what ice age art and myths can inform us about sexual behavior.I am also in the process of completing a line of research into rampage (spree) killers using a behavioral ecology perspective.

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2015)'Venus in Mammoth Furs: Evidence of Bridal Capture Rituals in Ice Age Figurines'
King, R J (2015) 'Venus in Mammoth Furs: Evidence of Bridal Capture Rituals in Ice Age Figurines'. Mankind Quarterly, [Details]
(2015)'A Regiment of Monstrous Women: Female Horror Archetypes and Life History Theory'
King, R. J. (2015) 'A Regiment of Monstrous Women: Female Horror Archetypes and Life History Theory'. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Gene Genie'
King, R. J. & Murphy, R. (2014) 'Gene Genie'. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, :1-9 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Just Growed Stories'
King, R J (2013) 'Just Growed Stories'. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, [Details]
(2013)'Fists of Furry: At What point did Human Hands Part Company with the Rest of the Hominid Lineage?'
King, R. J (2013) 'Fists of Furry: At What point did Human Hands Part Company with the Rest of the Hominid Lineage?'. Journal of Experimental Biology, [Details]
(2013)'Baby Got Back: Some Brief Observations on Obesity in Ancient Female Figurines: Limited Support for Waist to Hip Ratio Constant as a Signal of Fertility'
King, R. J. (2013) 'Baby Got Back: Some Brief Observations on Obesity in Ancient Female Figurines: Limited Support for Waist to Hip Ratio Constant as a Signal of Fertility'. Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy, [CORA Link] [Details]
(2012)'Evolutionary functions of human female orgasm'
King, R. & Belsky, J. (2012) 'Evolutionary functions of human female orgasm'. Archives of Sexual Behavior, (Online first):1-16 [Details]
(2011)'Are there different types of female orgasm?'
King, R., Belsky, J., Mah, K. & Binik, Y (2011) 'Are there different types of female orgasm?'. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40 :865-875 [Details]
(2008)'Fishing into our Past'
King r j (2008) 'Fishing into our Past'. Evolutionary Psychology (Online Journal), 6 (2) [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(2005)'The Elephant Whisperer'
King, R. (2005) 'The Elephant Whisperer' Ecologist, 35(9) :48-54. [Details]

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
London School Economics Research Associate/

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2013)Psychological Society of Ireland,
Robert King (2013) New directions in fertility research. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Psychological Society of Ireland, Sligo , 07-NOV-13 - 09-NOV-13. [Details]
(2013)DTrip Psychology Society Ireland,
King, R J (2013) Sensitive Topics: Challenges for Design. [Plenary Lecture], DTrip Psychology Society Ireland, University College Cork , 21-SEP-13 - 21-SEP-13. [Details]
(2007)New Scientist New Researchers Competetion,
King, R. J. (2007) Taking reports of the variance of female sexual response seriously. [Oral Presentation], New Scientist New Researchers Competetion, London , 01-JUN-07 - 01-JUN-07. [Details]
(2010)London Evolutionary Research Network,
King, R. J. (2010) Invited competetion presentation to Amotz Zahavi. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], London Evolutionary Research Network, Univeristy College London , 01-MAR-10 - 01-MAR-10. [Details]
(2010)International Academy of Sex Research,
King, R. J. & Belsky, J (2010) Evolutionary functions of female orgasm. [Poster Presentation], International Academy of Sex Research, Prague , 24-JUL-10 - 26-JUL-10. [Details]
(2011)Human Behaviour and Evolution,
King, R. J (2011) Fertility implications of female orgasm. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Human Behaviour and Evolution, Montpelier , 01-JAN-13 - 04-JUL-11. [Details]
(2012)George Akerloff Social Behaviour Conference,
King, R. J., Dickins, T., Pawson, C., & Spencer, R. (2012). (2012) Behavioral ecology analysis of the UK 2011 riots. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], George Akerloff Social Behaviour Conference, London School of Economics , 01-JUN-12 - 01-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012)EHBEA,
Dickins, T., King, R. J., Pawson, C., & Spencer, R. (2012) Riotous Behaviour: A Guide For Governments. [Poster Presentation], EHBEA, Durham , 01-JUL-12 - 04-JUN-12. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Marketting /
Teaching and Learning /
Research /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer01-SEP-12 /
Heriot Watt Teaching Fellow01-MAY-12 /
University East London Post Doctoral Research Fellow01-JUL-11 / 01-OCT-12

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1992King's College London BA (Hons)Philosophy
1994Sheffield University MASTERSPhilosophy, psychiatry and society
1999Birkbeck Maths and Physics
2003Middlesex University Psychology and Maths
2005British Psychological Society BSC (HONS)Psychology
2011Birkbeck University of London PHDPsychology

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Natural History Museum London

Consultant for Sexual Nature exhibition, 2011

RedFM

Ongoing consultant for RedFM radio

Psychology in Pubs

http://preview.tinyurl.com/6kp7j6v

Channel Four

How Sex Works Pioneer productions. http://tiny.cc/c4ed0

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Evolutionary Psychology (Online Journal), Referee-

Other Activities

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, and Journal of Evolutionary Psychology.

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Teaching Interests

At Cork I am teaching in the areas of social psychology and research methods, while supervising students in areas pertaining to biological psychology and forensic psychology. I co-ordinate the genetics for psychologists  and the philosophy of science and philosophy of psychology modules since 2013 and. I am deputy director of the Masters in Applied Psychology program and teach extensively on that course.
Previously, I have had teaching responsibilities in areas of research methods and  statistical modelling, historical perspectives on psychology, clinical issues, philosophy of mind, and evolutionary biology.

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2017History and Philosophy of Psychology AP2106History and Philosophy of Psychology
2016Conflict and Co-operation AP6154Conflict and Co-operation