Dr Mícheál De Barra - MSc PhD


Research Assistant


micheal.debarra@lshtm.ac.uk


London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Keppel Street
London WC1E 7H

Background


I completed my PhD on disgust and the psychology of infectious-disease avoidance in 2012. My background is in psychology and in the evolutionary social sciences.


Teaching & Research

I've supervised a number of MSc theses and encourage students interested in psychology of disease avoidance and hygiene, or in the spread of health-related behaviours to get in touch.

At LSHTM I am investigating the effects of early-life infectious disease on adult behaviour and reproductive decision making.
I also work at Stockholm University where I am studying the cultural evolution of beneficial and harmful health behaviour.


Research Areas

  • Disease control
  • Hygiene
  • Public health

Publications

Are the pathogens of out-groups really more dangerous?
de Barra, M. ; Curtis, V. ;
Behav Brain Sci, 2012; :25-26

Disgust as an adaptive system for disease avoidance behaviour.
Curtis, V.; de Barra, M.; Aunger, R.;
Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 2011; 366(1563):389-401

Male commuters in north and south England: risk factors for the presence of faecal bacteria on hands.
Dodrill, L.; Schmidt, W.P.; Cobb, E.; Donachie, P.; Curtis, V.; de Barra, M.;
BMC Public Health, 2011; 11:31

Sensor recorded changes in rates of hand washing with soap in response to the media reports of the H1N1 pandemic in Britain.
Fleischman, D.S. ; Webster, G.D. ; Judah, G. ; de Barra, M. ; Aunger, R. ; Curtis, V.A. ;
BMJ Open, 2011; 1(2):e000127


Disgust as an adaptive system for disease avoidance behaviour.

Curtis, V.; de Barra, M.; Aunger, R.;
Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 2011; 366(1563):389-401
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009): 5.117 ·


Male commuters in north and south England: risk factors for the presence of faecal bacteria on hands.

Dodrill, L.; Schmidt, W.P.; Cobb, E.; Donachie, P.; Curtis, V.; de Barra, M.;
BMC Public Health, 2011; 11:31
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009): 2.223 ·


Sensor recorded changes in rates of hand washing with soap in response to the media reports of the H1N1 pandemic in Britain.

Fleischman, D.S. ; Webster, G.D. ; Judah, G. ; de Barra, M. ; Aunger, R. ; Curtis, V.A. ;
BMJ Open, 2011; 1(2):e000127
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009):


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