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 based in the Centre for Culture and Evolution in the College of Health and Life Sciences 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 Room 110, Marie Jahoda Building, Brunel University London, Uxbridge UB8 3PH, United Kingdom