Dr Helen Driscoll is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Programme Leader for the undergraduate Psychology programmes. She obtained a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree (first class) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2001, along with the Mary McKinnon Prize (awarded to highest scoring student). Following this, she worked as a Research Assistant at Northumbria University, examining the effect of male pheromones on females' ratings of attractiveness.
She took up a teaching post at Durham University in 2002, and began her PhD studying sex differences in aggression from an evolutionary psychology perspective. During this time she was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Sunderland. In 2005 she took up the post of Lecturer at Northumbria University, and in 2006 she accepted the position of Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland. During this time, she was awarded her PhD from Durham University.
Her research interests lie broadly in an evolutionary approach to psychology and her current research is focussed on the role of the Dark Triad personality traits (narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy) in mate choice and mating strategies.