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Daniel Taylor

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Academic Tutor

I am an Academic Tutor in the School of Psychology. I have been a member of staff since 2019 when I joined the department as a PhD researcher. However, I first came to Sunderland in 2014 as an undergraduate student. My area of interest focused on understanding human sexuality with my PhD focusing on BDSM and kink-related behaviour.

Teaching and supervision

I primarily teach across modules with an evolutionary psychology or individual differences focus. I also teach BSc (Hons) Psychology with Integrated Foundation Year which focuses on understanding the application of psychology in the real world. You may see me teach across:

  • PSY122 – Genes to Mind
  • PSY140 – Being a Psychologist
  • PSY267 – Cradle to Grave
  • PSY268 – Meet the Relatives
  • PSY369 – Dark Personalities
  • PSY380 – Research to Reality
  • FDN039 – Contemporary Issues in Psychology


I am currently carrying out my PhD project which aims to develop a measure that can differentiate between different motivations for engaging in BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Domination and Submission, Sadism and Masochism).

More broadly my interests lie in human sexuality including non-traditional sexual behaviour, sexual orientation, and pornography.

I am a mixed-methods enthusiast, who values a flexible approach however I had initially developed an interest in research through evolutionary and developmental psychology as well as individual differences.

I am the School of Psychology's Alumni Lead Contact.

Last updated 28 February 2024