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Academic Biography

Lee graduated from Durham University in 2006 with a BSc in Applied Psychology. Following this, he completed an MA in Research Methods (Developmental Psychology) and a PhD in Psychology, under the supervision of Professor Anne Campbell at Durham University. Lee's area of expertise is in Evolutionary Psychology, specifically, how certain behaviours cluster together as adaptive strategies in response to local ecological conditions.

Lee also has an active interest in education. His professional roles before his appointment to Teesside involved working in a secondary school and as a researcher/assessment developer at Durham University's Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM).

Summary of Research Interests

Lee has a variety range of interests that fall broadly into the following areas:

  • Evolutionary Psychology and Human Life History Strategies
  • Sex Differences in Social and Cognitive Behaviours
  • Assessment Design
  • Increasing Social Mobility and Reducing Inequality in Educational Outcomes
  • Attainment and Progress in Education
  • Conspiratorial Thinking

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Lee currently delivers material on the following modules:

  • PSY2062-N: Psychopathologies and Individual Differences
  • PSY2065-N: Conducting Research in Psychology
  • PSY2066-N: Applied Research in Psychology
  • PSY4043-N: Applied Quantitative Research Methods
  • PSY4152-N: Psychopathologies and Individual Differences


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  • An investigation into the factor structure of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for People with Learning Disabilities (HoNOS-LD).

    Hunt, R., Dagnan, D., Muncer, S. & Copping, L., 2 Aug 2023, In: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 67, 11, p. 1113-1123 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • Attitudes to organ donor registration in England under opt-out legislation

    Clark, N., Copping, L., Swainston, K. & McGeechan, G., 20 Jul 2023, In: Progress in Transplantation. 33, 3, p. 208-215 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    20 Downloads (Pure)
  • Data from an International Multi-Centre Study of Statistics and Mathematics Anxieties and Related Variables in University Students (the SMARVUS Dataset)

    Terry, J., Ross, R., Nagy, T., Salgado, M., Garrido-Vasquez, P., Sarfo, J., Cooper, S., Buttner, A., Lima, T., Ozturk, I., Akay, N., Santos, F., Artemenko, C., Copping, L., Elsherif, M., Milovanovic, I., Cribbie, R., Drushlyak, M., Swainston, K., Shou, Y., & 134 othersLeongomez, J., Palena, N., Abidin, F., Reyes-Rodriguez, M., He, Y., Abraham, J., Vatakis, A., Jankowsky, K., Schmidt, S., Grimm, E., Gonzalez, D., Schmid, P., Ferreira, R., Rozgonjuk, D., Ozhan, N., O'Connor, P., Zsido, A., Stiglic, G., Rhodes, D., Rodriguez, C., Ropovik, I., Enea, V., Nurwanti, R., Estudillo, A., Beribisky, N., Himawan, K., Geven, L., van Hoogmoed, A., Bret, A., Chapman, J., Alter, U., Flack, Z., Hanna, D., Soltanlou, M., Banik, G., Adamkovic, M., van der Ven, S., Mosbacher, J., Sen, H., Anderson, J., Batashvili, M., de Groot, K., Parker, M., Helmy, M., Ostroha, M., Gilligan-Lee, K., Egara, F., Barwood, M., Thomas, K., McMahon, G., Griffin, S., Nuerk, H-C., Counsell, A., Lindemann, O., Van Rooy, D., Wege, T., Lewis, J., Aczel, B., Monaghan, C., Al-Hoorie, A., Huber, J., Yapan, S., Vasquez, M., Callea, A., Ergiyen, T., Clay, J., Mertens, G., Topcu, F., Tutlu, M., Taht, K., Mikkor, K., Caso, L., Karner, A., Storm, M., Daroczy, G., Zein, R., Greco, A., Buchanan, E., Schmid, K., Hunt, T., De keersmaecker, J., Branney, P., Randell, J., Clark, O., Steltenpohl, C., Malu, B., Tekes, B., Ramis, T., Agrigoroaei, S., Badcock, N., Semenikhina, O., Graf, E., Lea, C., Ogba, K., Guppy, F., Warhurst, A., Lindsay, S., Al Khateeb, A., Scharnowski, F., de Kwaadsteniet, L., Francis, K., Lecompte, M., Webster, L., Morsanyi, K., Forwood, S., Walters, E., Tip, L., Wagge, J., Yan Lai, H., Crossland, D., Darda, K., Flack, T., Leviston, Z., Brolly, M., Hills, S., Collins, E., Roberts, A., Cheung, W-Y., Leonard, S., Verschuere, B., Stanley, S., Xenidou-Dervou, I., Ghasemi, O., Liew, T., Ansari, D., Guilaran, J., Penny, S., Bahnmueller, J., Hand, C., Rahajeng, U., Peterburg, D., Takacs, Z., Platow, M. & Field, A., 29 May 2023, In: Journal of Open Psychology Data. 11, 8, 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • Is the order of learning numerals universal? Evidence from eight countries and six languages

    Copping, L., Tymms, P., Aleksic, G., Bartholo, T., Howie, S., Koslinski, M., Merrell, C., Vidmar, M. & Wildy, H., 21 Nov 2023, In: Cognitive Development. 16 p., 101391.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    7 Downloads (Pure)
  • Name Writing Ability and Its Effect on Children Future Academic Attainment

    Copping, L., 1 Jul 2023, The First Year at School: An International Perspective. Tymms, P., Bartholo, T., Howie, S., Kardanova, E., Koslinski, M., Merrell, C. & Wildy, H. (eds.). Springer, p. 265–269 4 p. (International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development; vol. 39).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter