EDUCATION

PhD Anthropology – School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent, 2017 Thesis: Maternal Investment and Postnatal Depression – An Evolutionary Approach Supervisors: Dr Sarah E. Johns, Dr Oskar Burger, and Dr Patrick Mahoney

MPhil Biological Anthropology – Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge, 2005

BA(hons) Human Sciences – Institute of Human Sciences, University of Oxford, 2004

Cert. Mental Health Studies – The Open University, 2011

EMPLOYMENT

University College London, Department of Anthropology, Postdoctoral Teaching Assistant, 2017 – present

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and University of Essex, Research Assistant, 2018 – present

University of Roehampton, Department of Life Sciences, Visiting Lecturer in Evolutionary Anthropology, 2016 – 2018

University of Kent, School of Anthropology and Conservation, Assistant Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, 2014 – 2016

RESEARCH AFFILIATION

University College London, Department of Anthropology, Honorary Research Associate, 2017 – present

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journal Articles

Page, A.E., Myers, S., Dyble, M., and Migliano, A.B. (2019). Why so many Agta boys? Explaining ‘extreme’ sex ratios in Philippine foragers. Evolutionary Human Sciences 1: e5

Myers, S. and Johns, S.E. (2019). Male infants and birth complications are associated with increased incidence of postnatal depression. Social Science and Medicine 220: 56-64

Myers, S. and Johns, S.E. (2018). Postnatal depression is associated with detrimental life-long and multi-generational impacts on relationship quality. PeerJ 6: e4305

Myers, S., Burger, O., and Johns, S.E. (2016). Postnatal depression and reproductive success in modern, low-fertility contexts. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health 1: 71-84

Book Chapters

Langsdale, S. and Myers, S. (2018). The evolution of reproductive fantasies: an interdisciplinary feminist analysis of Disney’s Tangled. Chapter 14 in Holliday, C. and Sergeant, A. (eds) Fantasy/Animation: Connections Between Media, Mediums, and Genres. London: Routledge. pp. 243-260

Invited Commentary

Myers, S., Burger, O., and Johns, S.E. (2017). Reply to Hagen and ThornhillEvolution, Medicine, and Public Health 2017(1): 24-26

Reports

Page, A.E., Emmott, E.H., and Myers, S. (2019). Who cares? An interdisciplinary approach to mother-infant support. Findings from a one-day workshop on introducing evolutionary approaches to caregiving and mother-infant health. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.10485.12005

Manuscripts in Review

Myers, S. and Johns, S.E. Social support and emotional resources predict facets of maternal-infant bonding in a new capital-based model of maternal investment.

Emmott, E., Page, A.E., and Myers, S. Typologies of postnatal support and breastfeeding outcomes in the UK. Pre-print available on the Open Science Framework.

AWARDS

2018    European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Workshop Grant, €1000, funding for the 1 day interdisciplinary workshop Who cares? Introducing evolutionary approaches to caregiving and mother-infant health, in collaboration with E.E. Emmott (UCL) and A.E. Page (LSHTM)

2017    International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health’s George C. Williams Prize, $5000 for being lead author of the most significant article published in Evolutionary Medicine and Public Health in 2016

2016    European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association’s Best Student Conference Presentation

2012    Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship from the School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent

INVITED TALKS

2019

‘Evolutionary Approaches to Postnatal Depression – Insights From WEIRD and Small-Scale Settings’ University of Bedfordshire, School of Psychology Seminar Series, 9th January

2018

‘Evolutionary Approaches to Postnatal Depression – Insights From WEIRD and Small-Scale Settings’ University of Oxford, Evolutionary Medicine and Public Health Seminar Series, 21st November

‘Evolutionary Approaches to Maternal Investment and Postnatal Depression’ University College London, Biological Anthropology Seminar Series, 23rd January

2017

‘Evolutionary Perspectives on Postnatal Depression’ George C. Williams Prize lecture, ISEMPH Annual Meeting, Groningen, 19th August

‘Evolutionary Perspectives on Maternal Investment – From Conception (Or Not) Onwards’ University of Cambridge, Biological Anthropology Seminar Series, 24th May

‘Evolutionary Perspectives on Maternal Investment – From Conception (Or Not) Onwards’ London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Evolutionary Demography Seminars, 16th May

2014

‘Postnatal Depression and its Influence on Fertility’ London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Evolutionary Demography Seminars, 10th September

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2019

Myers, S., Stieglitz, J., and Gurven, M. Testing the bargaining model of depression in a forager-horticulturalist society. Talk at the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Conference, Toulouse

2018

Myers, S. and Johns, S.E. A life history perspective on maternal emotional investments during infancy. Talk at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference, Amsterdam.

Johns, S.E. and Myers, S. Postnatal depression is associated with detrimental life-long and multi-generational impacts on relationship quality. Poster at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference, Amsterdam

Emmott, E., Myers, S., and Page, A. Family vs. friends vs. health professionals: Postnatal support and breastfeeding outcomes in the UK. Talk at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference, Amsterdam

Myers, S. and Johns, S.E. A life history perspective on maternal emotional investments during infancy. Talk at the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Conference, Pécs

2017

Myers, S. and Johns, S.E. A life history perspective on maternal emotional investments during infancy. Poster at the 5th Annual Toulouse Economics and Biology Workshop: The evolution and economics of the Family, Institute of Advanced Studies in Toulouse

Myers, S., Page, A., Dyble, M., and Migliano, A. Why so many Agta boys? Extreme sex ratios in Philippine foragers: a test of evolutionary hypotheses. Talk at the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Conference, École Normale Supérieure

Johns, S.E. and Myers, S. Male infants, risk, and postnatal depression – evidence for the Trivers Willard effect in a contemporary, low-fertility sample. Poster at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, New Orleans

2016

Myers, S., Burger, O., Stieglitz, J., and Johns, S.E. Postnatal depression – weighing the evolutionary evidence. Talk at the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology Conference, University of Kent

Myers, S., Burger, O., Stieglitz, J., and Johns, S.E. Postnatal depression – weighing the evolutionary evidence. Talk at the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Conference, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Johns, S.E. and Myers, S. Male infants, risk, and postnatal depression – evidence for the Trivers Willard effect in a contemporary, low-fertility sample. Poster at the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Conference, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

2015

Myers, S., Burger, O., and Johns, S.E. Postnatal depression and reproductive success in modern, low-fertility contexts. Talk at the Evolutionary Medicine Conference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Health and Disease, University of Zurich

Myers, S., Burger, O., and Johns, S.E. Postnatal depression and reproductive success in modern, low-fertility contexts. Poster at the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Conference, University of Helsinki

Langsdale, S. and Myers, S. The evolution of reproductive fantasies: an interdisciplinary feminist analysis of Disney’s Tangled. Talk at Fantasy/Animation: A Conference on Media, Medium and Genre, King’s College London

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University College London – Postgraduate Teaching Assistant

Human Behavioural Ecology; Introduction to Biological Anthropology; Methods and Techniques in Biological Anthropology

University of Roehampton – Visiting Lecturer

Human Ecology and Adaptation; Hunter Gatherers and Human Evolution; Being Human; Special Topics in Anthropology; Biosciences Research Methods

University of Kent –Graduate Teaching Assistant/Assistant Lecturer

Introduction to Biological Anthropology; Sex, Evolution, and Human Nature

SERVICE TO PROFESSION

Manuscript Peer Review

Journals: PeerJ – https://peerj.com/SarahMyers/; The Human Ethology Bulletin; Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health; Human Nature; Evolutionary Psychology

Books: Human Evolutionary Demography; Human Behavioral Ecology

Conference/Workshop Organisation

Who cares? Introducing evolutionary approaches to caregiving and mother-infant health, EHBEA and UCL Anthropology, workshop organizer, 2019

British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology Conference, assistant, 2016

European Human Evolution and Behaviour Association Conference, assistant, 2016

MEDIA COVERAGE

Live broadcast: Channel 5 – 5News, BBC Radio Four – Woman’s Hour

Written coverage – widespread, including: The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, iflscience.com, ScienceDaily, WebMD, Nursing Times, Royal College of Midwives

IMPACT

Scientific advisor to Dr Mairi Macleod’s The Science of Success for Women – consultancy service using evolutionary approaches to strengthen female positions in corporate settings

Scientific advisor to the MIGHTYmini theatre company’s mother and baby project

Top 5 most read PeerJ article in 2018, categories of ‘Psychiatry, psychology, and public health’, ‘Women’s health’, and ‘Anthropology’

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Advanced quantitative analysis – SPSS and R

Ego-centric social network analysis – ESRC NCRM Collecting and Analysing Ego Network Data course, 2019

Longitudinal data analysis – ESRC NCRM Longitudinal Data Analysis course, 2014

Questionnaire design – Centre for Applied Social Surveys Questionnaire Design course, 2013 Management – Introduction to Management qualification, Institute of Leadership and Management, 2011