My research is concerned with health and behaviour, and it often takes an evolutionary approach. I have examined how infectious disease shaped cognitive evolution, how behaviour alters infection risk, and how maladaptive ideas about health and healing spread and persist. I have a particular interest in the social and cognitive processes that drive overtreatment (the use of ineffective medical therapies).  

I am a lecturer in Brunel University London.

If you are interested in studying the evolution of inaccurate/harmful health information, do get in touch to discuss opportunities at the MSc, PhD, or post doctoral level.   

You can contact me at mdebarra@gmail.com. My postal address is Institute of Environment, Health & Societies, Department of Life Sciences, Room 110, Marie Jahoda Building, Brunel University London, Uxbridge UB8 3PH, United Kingdom