Tom Booth

Senior Lecturer

  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room F17, Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
Post code


  • Please email me to make an appointment.

    Course office hours for academic year 2018-19 are:

    RMS2 (Sem1): TBC
    Multivariate Statistics with R (Sem2): TBC

    General open office hours are Monday's 15:00-16:00.





BSc Psychology - University of Bath 

MSc & PhD Organisational Psychology - Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

Responsibilities & affiliations

In my role here at Edinburgh I oversee the development of the research methods and statistics curriculum for all psychology degrees.

Undergraduate teaching

I am currently on sabbatical and so am not teaching or holding office hours.

If you require information about Research Methods & Statistics 2 taught in semester 1 2017-18, please first contact the UG Teaching Office.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I would be interested in supervising undergraduate, MSc and PhD projects related to any of the topics noted here. Please feel free to email me to discuss.

Current PhD students supervised

Research summary

Individual Differences, Health & Quantitative Methods

My research interests include quantitative methods (broadly defined under generalized latent variable models), psychometrics, individual differences (primarily personality) and health. I am interested in the development and decline of individual difference traits, group differences, and how traits influence life outcomes (e.g. psychological and physical health), particularly in the workplace. Before taking up a lectureship at Edinburgh, I worked with Prof. Ian Deary in the cognitive epidemiology group here (CCCACE), and thus also have an interest in ageing. 

Current research interests

Drawing all these influences together, I am very interested in the role our working life plays in our long term health, particularly the factors that influence whether retirement is a positive or a negative life event with respect to later life. A current focus with respect to understanding the interplay between environments, individuals and physical health, is the allostatic load framework.