Michelle Luciano


  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room S26, Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
Post code


I use twin and family modelling to investigate the relative influence of genes and environment on behavior, genome-wide association techniques for gene discovery, plus other analyses to explore the effects of rare and structural genetic variants, gene methylation and biological pathways. I am also interested in the interaction between measured environmental variables with genes.

Undergraduate teaching

I teach the Individual Differences in Mental Health component on the MSc in Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) Programme. I also teach Behavioural Genetics in the Specialist Techniques in Psychological Research MSc course.

Office hours

I am flexible with meetings, so please just drop me an email, knock on my door or phone to organise a time.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Please contact me to discuss any topics related to my research interests.

A specific project on the genetics of reading and language is available and would involve multivariate twin modelling of such data, alongside molecular genetic analysis, including epigenetic investigations.

An ESRC funded project on gene-environment interactions on reading skills is currently available for 2019/20: https://www.ed.ac.uk/ppls/psychology/prospective/postgraduate/funding/sgsss-aqm-phd-studentship

Current PhD students supervised

Research summary

Environmental and genetic factors contributing to cognition, personality, mood, well-being and brain MRI measures.