Tom Booth

Senior Lecturer

  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room F17, Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
Post code


  • I am on research leave for academic year 23-24.

    I may be slower to respond to emails.





BSc Psychology - University of Bath 

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

Undergraduate teaching

In 2022/23 academic year I will be teaching Data Analysis for Psychology in R 2 (dapR2) during semester 1 and 2, Data Analysis for Psychology in R 3 (dapR3)  during semester 1as well as small sections on Current Psychology 1 and Psychology 1A.

Postgraduate teaching

In 2022/23 academic year I will be teaching Applied Psychometrics during semester 2.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am currently not taking new PhD students.

Current PhD students supervised

  • Xuefei Li (with Aja Murray)
  • Sam Henry (with Rene Mottus)
  • Yavor Dragostinov (with Rene Mottus)

Research summary

Individual Differences, Organizational Psychology, Health & Quantitative Methods

My research interests include quantitative methods (broadly defined under generalized latent variable models), psychometrics, individual differences (primarily personality), organizational psychology 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. I am interested in understanding how these processes play out over time, and have a strong interest in longitudinal methodologies such as experience sampling.