Dr Clare Sutherland

Dr Clare Sutherland
Dr Clare Sutherland
Dr Clare Sutherland

Senior Lecturer

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

School of Psychology


  • PhD Psychology 
    2016 - University of York 
  • MRes Psychology 
    2011 - University of York 
  • BSc Psychology 
    2010 - University of Glasgow 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Chair of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Athena Swan lead for Psychology

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Prizes and Awards

30th Experimental Psychology Award for distinguished early career contribution to psychology


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.

Funding and Grants

  • ARC Discovery Project (DP220101026, 2022-2025; with Romina Palermo, Amy Dawel, Jason Bell, Eva Krumhuber)
  • 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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