Graham Albert

PhD — Biological Anthropology (Spring 2023)


Matriculated September 2016

Research Interests

Evolution of male secondary sexual characteristics, life history, puberty, intrasexual competition


Graham Albert graduated from Nipissing University with a B.A., honors in Psychology. He worked as a lab coordinator at the Human Evolution Lab at Nipissing University before starting his PhD., at Boston University in the fall of 2016.

His research focuses on men’s use of secondary sexual characteristics of others to inform their  dominance judgements. Currently he is conducting a series of studies  in which he is testing if men’s dominance perceptions of others are affected by their facial morphology.

Awards & Grants

  • Cora du Bois Fellowship. $15,500. (2022)
  • Bloom Dissertation Fellowship. $10,000. (2022). Dissertation title: “Testing the Effects of Facial Sexual Dimorphism on Men’s Selective Attention, Implicit Association and Decision Making”.
  • Core Curriculum Writing Fellow (2022)
  • NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG). $9504. (2021-2022).
  • The International Society for Human Ethology, Owen F., Aldis award. $8000. (2018-2020).
  • North Eastern Evolutionary Psychology Society Student Poster Award. (2018).
  • Boston University Dean’s Fellowship (Fall 2016, Spring 2017).  
  • Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship. $17500; awarded, but declined. (2016).
  • Nipissing University J.W. Trusler Proficiency Award. (2014).
  • Nipissing University Alumni Association Psychology Award. (2014)
  • Nipissing University Carl Sanders Scholarship. (2013).
  • Nipissing University President’s Scholarship. (2009-2012).
  • Justin Eve’s Foundation Minds in Motion Scholarship. (2009).


2022 Albert, G., Wells, E., Arnocky, S., Liu, C. H., Hlay, J. K., Hodges-Simeon, C.R. Does Men’s Facial Sexual Dimorphism Affect Male Observers’ Selective Attention? Adaptive Behavior and Physiology. (IF = 1.917)
2022 Davis, A., Albert, G., Arnocky, S., Intrasexual Competitiveness Mediates the Link between Unrestricted Sociosexuality and Indirect Aggression. Evolutionary Psychological Science.
2022 Hlay, J.K., Albert, G., Batres, C., Waldron, J., Richardson, G., B., Placek, C., Arnocky, S., Senveli, Z., Lieberman, D., Hodges-Simeon, C.R. Disgust sensitivity predicts sociosexuality across cultures. Evolution and Human Behavior. (IF = 4.379)
2022 Albert, G., Chen, M., Wells, E., Arnocky, S., Liu, C. H., Hlay, J. K., Hodges-Simeon, C.R.  Masculinized Faces are Perceived as More Dangerous but Are Not More Memorable. Human Ethology. (IF = 1.631)
2022 Albert, G., Richardson, G., B., Arnocky, S., Fisher, M., Hlay, J. K., McHale, T, M., & Hodges-Simeon, C.R. A Psychometric Evaluation of the Intrasexual Competition Scale. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 1-18. (IF = 4.507)
2021 McKelvie, L., Locke, A., Albert, G., Minor, M., MacKinnon, M., Hodges-Simeon, C. R., & Arnocky, S. Perceived Mate Scarcity Leads to Increased Willingness to Mate Poach. Journal of Sex Research. 1-9. (IF = 5.141)
2021 Hlay, J.K., Albert, G., Batres, C., Richardson, G., B., Placek, C., Arnocky, S., Lieberman, D., Hodges-Simeon, C.R. The evolution of disgust for pathogen detection and avoidance. Scientific Reports. 11(1), 1-12. (IF = 4.379)
2021 Albert, G., Richardson, G., B., Senveli, Z., Arnocky, S., Hodges-Simeon, C.R., Th Development and Psychometric Evaluation of a New Mating Effort Scale. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 50(2), 511-530. = 4.507)
2021 Albert, G., Wells, E., Arnocky, S., A., Liu, C., H, Hodges-Simeon, C.R. Observers use Facial Sexual Dimorphism to make Physical Dominance Assessments Following 100-millisecond Exposure. Aggressive Behavior. 47 226-235. doi: 10.1002/ab.21941 (IF = 2.917)
2021 Hodges-Simeon, C., R., Grail, G., Albert, G., Groll, M., T., Stepp, C., E., Carré, J., M., Arnocky, S., A. Testosterone therapy masculinizes speech and gender presentation in transgender men. Scientific Reports. 11(1), 1-10. (IF = 4.379)
2021 Hodges-Simeon, C. R., Albert, G., Richardson, G. B., McHale, T. S., Weinberg, S. M., Gurven, M., & Gaulin, S. J. (2021). Was facial width-to-height ratio subject to sexual selection pressures? A life course approach. PloS one16(3), e0240284. . (IF = 3.240)
2021 Arnocky, S., Desrocher, J., Albert., G, Hodges-Simeon, C., Kelly, B., Lynch, D., Belanger, J., Mackinnon, M., Locke, A. Do high mate-value males adopt a less restricted sociosexual orientation? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 50(8), 3663-3673. (IF = 4.507)
2020 Hodges-Simeon, C. R., Grail, G., Albert, G., Landry, N., Ortiz, T. L., Carré J.M., Arnocky. S. A. Testosterone, cortisol, and secretory immunoglobulin-A within a single day and across two sequential days among trans- and cis-gender men. Steroids, 160, 108640. (IF = 2.668)
2020 McHale, T. S., Chee, W., Hodges-Simeon ,C. R., Chan, K., Zava, D. T., Albert, G, & Gray, P. B. Salivary aldosterone and cortisone respond differently to high- and low-psychologically stressful soccer competitions. Journal of Sports Psychology. 38(23), 2688-2697. (IF = 3.337)
2020 McHale, T. S., Chee, W., Hodges-Simeon, C. R., Chan, K., Zava, D. T., Albert, G, & Gray, P. B. Children’s salivary aldosterone and cortisone responses to, table-tennis and math competitions. Adaptive Physiology and Behavior. 6(4), 413-435. (IF = 1.917)
2020 Albert, G., Arnocky, S., Puts, D.A., Hodges-Simeon, C.R. Can listeners assess health from men’s voices? 42(2), 91-103. Evolution and Human Behavior. (IF = 4.178)
2020 Zhang, A., Chen., B. B., Hodges-Simeon, C. R., Albert, G., Gaulin, S.J.C., Reid, S. Elevated recognition accuracy for low-pitched male voices in men with higher threat potential: Further evidence for the retaliation-cost model in humans. Evolution and Human Behavior. 42(2) 148-156. (IF = 4.178)
2019 Desrochers, J. E., Albert, G., Milfont, T. L., Kelly, B., & Arnocky, S. Does personality mediate the relationship between sex and environmentalism? Personality and Individual Differences, 147, 204-213. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2019.04.026 (IF = 3.004)
2018 Murphy, D. R., Bailey, H., Pearson, M., & Albert, G. The irrelevant speech effect among younger and older adults: The influence of background noises on reading comprehension. Experimental aging research, 44(2), 162-178. (IF=1.117).
2018 Arnocky, S., Albert., G., Carré, J., M.  & Ortiz, T., Testosterone, intrasexual competition, and mate retention behavior. 186, 73-78. Physiology and Behavior.  (IF = 3.244).
2018 Albert, G., Pearson, M., Arnocky, S., Wachowiak, M. P., Nicol, J. R., & Murphy, D. R. Effects of Masculinized and Feminized Male Voices on Men and Women’s Distractibility and Implicit Memory. Journal of Individual Differences 39(3) 151-165. (IF =0.944).
2018 Arnocky, S., Hodges-Simeon, C. R., Ouellette, D., & Albert, G. Do men with more masculine voices have better immunocompetence? Evolution and Human Behavior, 39(6), 602-610. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.06.003 (IF = 4.178)
2016 Arnocky, S., Piché, T., Albert, G., Ouellette, D., & Barclay, P. Altruism predicts mating success in humans. British Journal of Psychology 18(2) 416-435. doi: 10.1111/bjop.12208. (IF = 3.308)
2014 Arnocky, S., Sunderani, S., Albert, G., & Norris, K. Sex differences and individual differences in human facilitative and preventive courtship. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 8(2), 210-221. doi: 10.5964/ijpr.v8i2.159


Manuscripts Under Review


2022 Albert, G., Davis, A., Bird, B.M. Arnocky, S., Hlay, J. K., Richardson, G.B., Hodges-Simeon, C.R. Validating the Revised Mating Effort Questionnaire. Archives of Sexual Behavior.
2022 Davis, A., Albert, G., Arnocky, S., An Evolutionary Approach to Fear of Missing Out and Relevant Individual Difference Characteristics. Current Research in Behavioral Sciences.


Manuscripts in Progress (At Least at Draft Stage)

n.d. Wyckoff, J.P., Sedlacek, A., McHale, T.S., Albert, G., & Hodges-Simeon, C.R. Gender differences in aggression tactics: Do self-and peer-reports converge?
n.d. Hodges-Simeon, C. R., McHale, T. S., Albert, G., Gurven, M., Gaulin, S. C, Hlay, J.K., Landry, N., Arnocky, S. Lower voice pitch is associated with better immunocompetence. Intended for Evolution and Human Behavior.


Book Chapters and Parts of Books

2016 Albert G., & Arnocky, S. Use of Mate Retention Strategies. In: Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Shackelford. T. K., Weekes- Shackelford V. A., eds. Springer.