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

PSYC503 Adult Psychological Disorders

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, pro-environmental behaviours related to food, and human-animal interactions.

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 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 the latest, please see ResearchGate or Google Scholar

    Sundaraja, C. S., Hine, D. W., & Lykins, A. D. (in press). Confronting the palm oil crisis: Identifying behaviors for targeted interventions.Environmental Science and Policy. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2019.08.004

    Morandini, J., Spence, B., Dar-Nimrod, I., & Lykins, A. D. (in press). Do bisexuals have a bisexual viewing pattern? It depends on how you analyze your data. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi: 0.1007/s10508-019-01514-y

    Rahn, A., Jones, T., Bennett, C., & Lykins, A. D. (in press). Baby boomers’ attitudes to maintaining sexual and intimate relationships in long-term care. Australasian Journal on Ageing.

    Rahn, A., Bennett, C., Jones, T., & Lykins, A. D. (in press). Happy partnered older adults’ relationship-enhancing behaviours. Australasian Journal on Ageing.

    Ecker, S., & Lykins, A. D. (2019). Effects of short-term human-horse interactions on human heart rate variability: A multiple single case study. People and Animals: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2, 1-19.

    Morandini, J., Veldre, A., Hsu, K., Bailey, J. M., Lykins, A. D., & Dar-Nimrod, I. (2019). Visual attention to sexual stimuli in mostly heterosexuals. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 48, 1371-1385. doi: 0.1007/s10508-019-1419-4

    Walter, S., Lykins, A. D., & Graham, C. A. (2019). Relationship quality and perceived partner’s body appreciation is related to women’s own body appreciation and sexual function. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 45, 265-275. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2018.1518882

    Parsons, M., & Lykins, A. D. (2017). Cultural worldviews and natural hazard risk perception: A pilot study of Australian adults. Proceedings of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Conference, BNHCRC Report No. 305.2017, 306-315.

    Rahn, A., Bennett, C., Jones, T., & Lykins, A. (2017). Couples’ Privacy in Residential Aged Care. In Digging for gold: Building success in ageing research: 16th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing Program & Proceedings (pp. 49-51). Perth, Australia: Curtin University.

    Walton, M. T., Cantor, J. M., Bhullar, N., & Lykins, A. D. (2017). Hypersexuality: A critical review and introduction to the “Sexhavior Cycle.” Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46, 2231-2251. doi: 10.1007/s10508-017-0991-

    Fazio, R. L., Dyshniku, F., Lykins, A. D., & Cantor, J. M. (2017). Leg length versus torso length in pedophilia: Further evidence of atypical physical development early in life. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 29, 500-514. doi: 10.1177/1079063215609936

    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

    Rahn, A., Jones, T., Bennett, C., & Lykins, A.D. (2016). Conflicting agendas: The politics of sex in aged care. Elder Law Review.

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    Jones, T., del Pozo de Bolger, A., Dune, T., Lykins, A. D., & Hawkes, G. (2015). Female-to-male (FtM) transgender people’s experiences in Australia: A national study. Springer: Dordrecht/Cham.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    Lykins, A. D. & Hucker, S. (2014). Treatment of sexual masochism. In W. O’Donohue (Ed.), Case studies in sexual deviance: Toward evidence based practice. Routledge: New York.

    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

    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

    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

    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-

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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