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Lindsay Coome - University of Toronto. Toronto, ON, CA

Lindsay Coome Lindsay Coome

PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology | University of Toronto

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Lindsay is a PhD student in Psychology at the University of Toronto. Her thesis investigates the biological basis of sexual orientation.



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 in the Biopsychosocial Investigations of Gender laboratory. Research in the BIG Lab focuses on enhancing our understanding of gender expression and related psychological traits through a comprehensive approach. We employ a variety of methodologies such as cross-cultural field studies, lab-based experimental and observational studies, questionnaires and surveys, and neuroimaging.

My own research interests span the fields of biological, evolutionary, and cross-cultural psychology. My thesis investigates the science of sexual orientation, and whether subgroups of gay men (identified by their anal sex roles) differ in the developmental processes that influence their same-sex attraction.

In addition to my interest in studying sexual orientation, I also research the biological origins of gender expression and gender identity using a cross-cultural approach. By studying sao praphet song (i.e., “third” gender individuals who were assigned as male at birth, take on a feminine social role, and are sexually oriented toward men) in Thailand, the aim of my research is to help disentangle sexual orientation from gender identity, thus allowing us to better discern which brain regions and developmental processes are related to sexual orientation and which are related to gender identity.

Outside of the lab, I am heavily involved in science outreach initiatives, especially those that aim to encourage more women into the STEM pipeline. I am also involved in initiatives that aim to help academics improve their coding skills for use in their research, as well as teaching best practices in scientific computing and promoting open science and reproducible research practices.

Areas of Expertise (9)

Sexual Orientation

Sex Differences in the Brain and Behaviour

Gender Identity and Development


Animal Research

Reproducible Research



Cross-cultural psychology

Education (2)

University of Toronto: M.A., Psychology 2013

Western University: B.A., Psychology 2012

Languages (1)

  • English

Event Appearances (1)

Keynote Speaker, "The Mating Game: Animal Courtship and Reproduction"

Let’s Talk Science Challenge  University of Toronto Mississauga