A/Prof Amy Lykins

Associate Professor - Faculty of Medicine and Health; School of Psychology

Amy Lykins

Phone: +61 2 6773 5014

Email: alykins@une.edu.au


B.A. (Indiana University). M.A. (University of Nevada, Las Vegas). Ph.D. (University of Nevada, Las Vegas).

Teaching Areas

PSYC 363 Abnormal Psychology

Supervision Areas

A/Prof Lykins is currently supervising Ph.D., M.Psych (Clin), and honours research projects. These projects are in the areas of climate change/natural hazards and mental health, the “meat paradox,” attention to sexual information, and hypersexuality.

Research Interests

A/Prof Lykins primary research interests are in the following areas: climate change, natural hazards, and mental health; human-animal interactions (including animal-assisted therapy), the “meat paradox” and the environmental and moral issues related to meat eating and associated current intensive farming practices. A/Prof Lykins also has interests in cognition (primarily visual attention) and sexual interest/orientation and various other aspects of human sexuality.

For more information on A/Prof Lykins’ eye-tracking lab, please follow this link: http://www.une.edu.au/about-une/academic-schools/bcss/research/psychology/eye-tracking


For the latest, please see ResearchGate or Google Scholar

  1. Walton, M. T., Cantor, J. M., Bhullar, N., & Lykins, A. D. (in press). Hypersexual behavior: A critical review and introduction to the “Sexhavior Cycle.” Archives of Sexual Behavior.
  2. Fazio, R. L., Dyshniku, F., Lykins, A. D., & Cantor, J. M. (in press). Leg length versus torso length in pedophilia: Further evidence of atypical physical development early in life. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. doi: 10.1177/1079063215609936
  3. Walton, M. T., Cantor, J. M., & Lykins, A. D. (2017). An online assessment of personality, psychological, and sexuality variables associated with self-reported hypersexual behavior. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10508-015-0606-1
  4. Rahn, A., Jones, T., Bennett, C., & Lykins, A.D. (2016). Conflicting agendas: The politics of sex in aged care. Elder Law Review.
  5. Clarke, M. J. H., Marks, A. D. G., & Lykins, A. D. (2016). Bridging the gap: The effect of gender normativity on differences in empathy and emotional intelligence. Journal of Gender Studies, 25, 522-539. doi: 10.1080/09589236.2015.1049246
  6. Walton, M. T., Lykins, A. D., & Bhullar, N. (2016). Beyond heterosexual, bisexual, and homosexual: A diversity in sexual identity expression. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45, 1591-1597. doi:10.1007/s10508-016-0778-3
  7. Walton, M. T., Lykins, A. D., & Bhullar, N. (2016). Sexual arousal and sexual activity frequency: Implications for understanding hypersexuality. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45, 777-782. doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0727-1
  8. Gathercole, M., Lykins, A. D., & Dunstan, D. A. (2016). Identifying key pathways into sexual offending for juvenile offenders and exploring possible differences for the Aboriginal community. Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand, 7, 18-30.
  9. Dyshniku, F., Murray, M. E., Fazio, R. L., Lykins, A. D., & Cantor, J. M. (2015). Minor physical anomalies as a window into the prenatal origins of pedophilia. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 2151-2159. doi: 10.1007/s10508-015-0564-7
  10. Ellis, L., Lykins, A. D., & Ratnasingam, M. (2015). Putative androgen exposure and sexual orientation: Cross-cultural evidence points to a modified neurohormonal theory. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12, 2364-2377 doi: 10.1111/jsm.13070
  11. Clarke, M. J. H., Marks, A. D. G., & Lykins, A. D. (2015). Effects of gender group norms on the endorsement of same-sex attraction, behavior, and identity. Journal of Bisexuality, 15, 319-345. doi:10.1080/15299716.2015.1050537
  12. del Pozo, A., Jones, T., Dunstan, D., & Lykins, A. D. (2015). Australian Trans Men: Development, sexuality, and mental health. Australian Psychologist, 49, 395 – 402. doi: 10.1111/ap.12094
  13. Lykins, A. D., Robinson, J. J., LeBlanc, S., & Cantor, J. M. (2015). The effects of common medications on volumetric phallometry. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 21, 385-393. doi: 10.1080/13552600.2014.
  14. Clarke, M. J., Marks, A. D. G., & Lykins, A. D. (2015). Effect of normative masculinity on males’ dysfunctional sexual beliefs, sexual attitudes and perceptions of sexual functioning. Journal of Sex Research, 52, 327-337. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2013.860072
  15. Fazio, R., Lykins, A. D., & Cantor, J. M. (2014). Elevated rates of atypical-handedness in pedophilia: Theory and implications. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 19, 690-704. doi: 10.1080/1357650X.2014.898648
  16. Anandan, A., Kirby, S., Lykins, A. D., & Graham, C. A. (2014). Predictors of intentions to have pelvic examinations among a U.K. sample of young Asian and non-Asian women. International Journal of Sexual Health, 26, 258-267. doi: 10.1080/19317611.2014.885923
  17. Spokes, T., Hine, D. W., Quain, P., Marks, A. D. G., & Lykins, A. D. (2014). Arousal, working memory capacity, and sexual decision-making in men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38, 335-350. doi: 10.1007/s10508-014-0277-3
  18. Lykins, A. D., & Cantor, J. M. (2014). Vorarephilia: A case study in masochism and erotic consumption. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 181-186. doi: 10.1007/s10508-013-0185-
  19. Lykins, A. D., Ferris, T., & Graham, C. A. (2014). Body region dissatisfaction predicts attention to body regions on other women. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 11, 404-408. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2014.05.003
  20. Bossio, J., Spape, J, Lykins, A. D., & Chivers, M. L. (2014). Observational stance as a predictor of subjective and genital sexual arousal in men and women. Journal of Sex Research, 51, 303-315. doi: 10:1080/00224499.2012.729276
  21. Cantor, J. M., Klein, C., Lykins, A. D., Rullo, J. E., Thaler, L., Walling, B. R. (2013). A treatment-oriented typology of self-identified hypersexuality referrals. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 883-893. doi: 10.1007/s10508-013-0085-1
  22. Ellis, L., & Lykins, A. D. (2013). 2D:4D, sexual orientation, and east versus west: Maybe it’s true that the twain shall never meet (on average). Mankind Quarterly, 54, 115-150.
  23. Lykins, A. D., Janssen, E., Newhouse, S., Heiman, J., & Rafaeli, E. (2012). The effects of similarity in sexual excitation, inhibition and mood on sexual arousal problems and sexual satisfaction in newlywed couples. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 9, 1360-1366. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2012.02698.x
  24. Lykins, A. D., Cantor, J. M., Kuban, M. E., Blak, T., Dickey, R., Klassen, P. E., & Blanchard, R. (2010). Sexual arousal to female children in gynephilic men. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 22, 279-289. doi: 10.1177/1079063210372141
  25. Lykins, A. D., Meana, M., & Minimi, J. (2010). Visual attention to erotic images in women reporting pain with intercourse. Journal of Sex Research, 48, 43-52. doi: 10.1080/00224490903556374
  26. Lykins, A. D., Cantor, J. M., Kuban, M. E., Blak, T., Dickey, R., & Klassen, P. E., & Blanchard, R. (2010). The relation between peak response magnitudes and agreement in diagnoses obtained from two different phallometric tests for pedophilia. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 22, 42-57. doi: 10.1177/1079063209352094
  27. Blanchard, R., Lykins, A. D., Wherrett, D., Kuban, M. E., Cantor, J. M., Blak, T., Dickey, R., & Klassen, P. E. (2009). Pedophilia, hebephilia, and the DSM-V. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38, 335-350. doi: 10.1007/s10508-008-9399-9
  28. Meana, M., & Lykins, A. D. (2009). Negative affect and somatically focused anxiety in young women reporting pain during intercourse. Journal of Sex Research, 46, 1-9. doi: 10.1080/00224490802624422
  29. Lykins, A. D., Meana, M., & Strauss, G. P. (2008). Sex differences in visual attention to erotic and non-erotic stimuli. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37, 219-228. doi: 10.1007/s10508-007-9208-x
  30. Lykins, A. D., Meana, M., & Kambe, G. (2006). Detection of differential viewing patterns to erotic and non-erotic stimuli using eye-tracking methodology. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 35, 569-575. doi: 10.1007/s10508-006-9065-z
  31. Lykins, A. D., Janssen, E. J., & Graham, C. A. (2006). The relationship between negative mood and sexuality in heterosexual college women and men.  Journal of Sex Research, 43, 136-143. doi: 10.1080/00224490609552308
  32. Meana, M., Rakipi, R. S., Weeks, G., & Lykins, A. D. (2006).  Sexual functioning in a non-clinical sample of partnered lesbians. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 5, 1-22. doi: 10.1300/J398v05n02_01
  33. Lykins, A. D., & Meana, M. (2004). [Review of the book The science of romance: Secrets of the sexual brain], Archives of Sexual Behavior, 33, 515-516.

Consultancy Interests