Dr Clare Sutherland

Dr Clare Sutherland

Senior Lecturer

Dr Clare Sutherland
Dr Clare Sutherland

Contact Details

The University of Aberdeen School of Psychology, King's College, University of Aberdeen


PhD, Psychology University of York 2016
MRes, Psychology University of York 2011
BSc, Psychology University of Glasgow 2010

Memberships and Affiliations


PGT Exams Officer

Ethics committee member

Research committee member

PG committee member

Marketing committee member


Research Overview

People readily make social judgements such as attractiveness or trustworthiness from faces. In fact, these impressions can be made as quickly as 100ms. However, the field tends to focus on the cues in faces themselves. My research aims to examine the influence of prior knowledge and associated stereotypes on these judgements. I am also interested in the idea that different photographs of the same people can give rise to different impressions and in using face images with a wide range of variability.

My research has been funded by the ARC, ESRC, British Psychological Society, Experimental Psychological Society and Brain.

Research Funding and Grants

  • ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (2019)
  • ARC Discovery Project (DP170104602, 2017-2019; with Gill Rhodes, Romina Palermo and Andy Young)
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Postdoc Exchange Scheme (2017)
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Cross Program grant (2016)
  • ESRC, Brain, ARC, PsyPAG, EPS and BPS assorted research, travel and dissemination funding (2009-2015)
  • ESRC Student Internship (Cybercrime, Home Office, 2012-2013)
  • ESRC 1+3 Studentship (University of York, 2010-2014)

Teaching Responsibilities


Current Topics in Psychological Science

Social Psychology



Social Psychology, Third Year

Face Recognition, Fourth Year Specialist Option



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