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By training I am an Evolutionary Anthropologist, interested in understanding human behaviour from an evolutionary perspective. I completed a PhD at UCL (awarded June 2017) exploring cooperation among the Agta, a population of Filipino hunter-gatherers. My evolutionary research interests also include the ontogenetic roots of cooperation, the evolution of storytelling, and wider links between cooperation, life history theory and cultural evolution.
Since August 2016 I have been working at the University of Bristol in the Population Health Sciences department, initially within the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) study and currently as a Senior Research Associate. While I still have an interest in evolutionary topics, I now predominantly - and somewhat accidentally - work within with the field of Epidemiology.
I have been involved in various projects, predominantly using ALSPAC data, exploring topics such as: using linkage data from routine GP records to investigate mental health, examining potential issues of selection bias in COVID-19 data collections, and applying structured life course methods to answer questions in life course epidemiology. As of September 2021, my main research focus has been on investigating religion and health, as part of the Belief, Behaviours and Health Research Group.
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Beliefs, Behaviours and Health Research Programme
Beasant, L., Jean, G., Iles-Caven , Y. L., Joinson, C. J., Goulding, N. J., Gregory, S., Halstead, I., Smith, D., Morgan, J., Tohidi Nik, H. & Tunstall, H. E.
1/09/21 → 31/08/26
Childhood trajectories of internalising and externalising problems associated with a polygenic risk score for neuroticism in a UK birth cohort studyCostantini, I., Sallis, H. M., Tilling, K. M., Major-Smith, D., Pearson, R. M. & Kounali, D-Z., 22 Feb 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: JCPP Advances. 13 p., e12141.
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Individual-level changes in religious/spiritual beliefs and behaviors over three decades in the parental generation of the ALSPAC cohort, UKMajor-Smith, D., Halstead, I., Morgan, J., Tohidinik, H. R., Iles-Caven, Y. L., Golding, J. & Northstone, K., 6 Jan 2023, In: Religion, Brain and Behavior. 20 p.
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Sedentarization and maternal childcare networks: role of risk, gender and demographyPage, A. E., Migliano, A. B., Dyble, M., Major-Smith, D., Viguier, S. & Hassan, A., 16 Jan 2023, In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 378, 1868, 20210435.
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