Associate Professor Brendan Zietsch

Associate Professor

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
zietsch@psy.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56430

Overview

Brendan's PhD studies were based in the Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, where he investigated the genetics of sexual behaviour. He joined UQ in 2010 on a UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship, followed by an ARC DECRA, and then an ARC Future Fellowship.

His work focuses on understanding the evolutionary and genetic underpinnings of human behaviour, both in terms of what humans are like in general and what makes individuals differ from one another. Some favourite topics include personality, sexual and romantic preferences and choices, mental and physical determinants of attractiveness, sex differences and masculinity/femininity, and evolutionary modelling.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science with Hon Class, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Grasby, Katrina L., Verweij, Karin J. H., Mosing, Miriam A., Zietsch, Brendan P. and Medland, Sarah E. (2017). Estimating heritability from twin studies. In Robert C. Elston (Ed.), Statistical human genetics: methods and protocols 2nd ed. (pp. 171-194) New York, NY, United States: Humana Press. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-7274-6_9

  • Barlow, Fiona Kate, Sherlock, James and Zietsch, Brendan P. (2016). Is prejudice heritable? Evidence from twin studies. The Cambridge handbook of the psychology of prejudice. (pp. 222-238) edited by Chris G. Sibley and Fiona Kate Barlow. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781316161579.010

  • Haysom, Hannah J., Verweij, Karin J. H. and Zietsch, Brendan P. (2015). Personality, evolutionary models of. International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences. (pp. 899-905) edited by James D. Wright. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.25076-9

  • Verweij, Karin J. H., Mosing, Miriam A., Zietsch, Brendan P. and Medland, Sarah E. (2012). Estimating heritability from twin studies. In Robert C. Elston, Jaya M. Satagopan and Shuying Sun (Ed.), Statistical human genetics: methods and protocols (pp. 151-170) New York, United States: Humana Press. doi:10.1007/978-1-61779-555-8_9

  • Zietsch, Brendan P. (2011). Explanations for elevated psychiatric vulnerability in nonheterosexuals: Environmental stressors, genetics, and the HPA and HPG axes. Psychiatric Disorders: Worldwide Advances. (pp. 277-300) edited by Toru Uehara. Rijeka, Croatia: Intech Open Access.

  • Jelinek, H. F., Elston, G.N. and Zietsch, B.P. (2005). Fractal Analysis: Pitfalls and Revelations in Neuroscience. Fractals in Biology and Medicine. (pp. 85-94) edited by Gabriele A. Losa, Danilo Merlini and Theo F. Nonnenmacher. Basel: Birkhauser.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision