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Dr Qazi Rahman  BSc, PhD
Senior lecturer

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tel020 7188 0183
addressDepartment of Psychology,
Institute of Psychiatry,
King's College London,
5th floor Bermondsey Wing,
Guy's Hospital campus,
location 5th floor Bermondsey Wing

activities and interests

Psychobiology of human sexual orientation, LGBT mental health

teaching activities

IBSc Psychology,
MBBS year 2

Cognitive Neuropsychology module
Coordinator, IBSsc Neuroscience & Neuropsychology pathway


Burri, A., Spector, T., & Rahman, Q. (2012). A multivariate twin study of female sexual dysfunction. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 10, 2671-2681.

Dickins, T. E., & Rahman, Q. (2012). The extended evolutionary synthesis and the role of soft inheritance in evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences, 279, 2913-2921.

Burri, A., Spector, T. D., & Rahman, Q. (2012). The relationship between anxiety, sexual distress and female sexual dysfunction is partly genetically mediated. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 9, 1887-1897.

Rahman, Q., Bhanot, S., Emrith-Small, H., Ghafoor, S., & Roberts, S. (2012). Gender nonconformity, intelligence, and sexual orientation. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41, 623-630.

Burri, A., Clop, A., Hysi, P., Spector, T. D., & Rahman, Q. (2012). A genome-wide association study of female sexual dysfunction. PLos ONE, 7(4): e35041. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035041

Rahman, Q., & Anchassi, T. (2012). Men appear less lateralized when noticing emotion in female faces. Emotion, 12, 174-179.

Burri, A., Rahman, Q., Santtila, P., Jern, P., Spector, T., & Sandnabba, N. K. (2012). The relationship between same-sex sexual experience, sexual distress and female sexual dysfunction. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 9, 198-206.

Burri, A., Rahman, Q., & Spector, T. D. (2011). Genetic and environmental risk factors for sexual distress and its association with female sexual dysfunction. Psychological Medicine, 41, 2435-2445.

Burri, A., Cherkas, L. F., Spector, T. D., & Rahman, Q. (2011). Genetic and environmental influences on female sexual orientation, childhood gender typicality and adult gender identity. PLoS ONE, 6 (7): e21982. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021982

Rahman, Q., Bakare, M., & Serinsu, C. (2011). No sex differences in spatial location memory for abstract designs. Brain and Cognition, 76, 15-19.

Rahman, Q., Newland, C., & Smyth, B. M. (2011). Sexual orientation and spatial position effects on selective forms of object location memory. Brain and Cognition, 75, 217-224.

Hill, B. J., Rahman, Q., Bright, D. A., & Sanders, S. A. (2010). The semantics of sexual behaviour and their implications for HIV/AIDS research and sexual health: US and UK gay men’s definitions of having “had sex”. AIDS Care – Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 22, 1245-1251.

Frisell, T., Lichtenstein, P., Rahman, Q., & Langstrom, N. (2010). Psychiatric morbidity associated with same-sex sexual behaviour: Influence of minority stress and familial factors. Psychological Medicine, 40, 315-324.

Langstrom, N., Rahman, Q., Carlstrom, E., & Lichtenstein, P. (2010). Genetic and environmental effects on same-sex sexual behavior: A population study of twins in Sweden. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 75-80.

Rahman, Q., Clarke, K., & Morera, T. (2009). Hair whorl direction and sexual orientation in human males. Behavioral Neuroscience, 123, 252-256.

Rahman, Q., Collins, A., Morrison, M., Orrells, J.C., Cadinouche, K., Greenfield, S., & Begum, S. (2008). Maternal inheritance and familial fecundity factors in male homosexuality. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37, 962-969.
Rahman, Q., Cockburn, A., & Govier, E. (2008). A comparative analysis of functional cerebral asymmetry in lesbian women, heterosexual women, and heterosexual men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37, 566-571.

Rahman, Q., & Symeonides, D.J. (2008). Neurodevelopmental correlates of paraphilic sexual interest in men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37, 166-172.

Rahman, Q., & Koerting, J. (2008). Sexual orientation-related differences in allocentric spatial memory tasks. Hippocampus, 18, 55-63.

Russell, T.A., Tchanturia, K., Rahman, Q., & Schmidt, U., (2007). Sex differences in Theory of Mind: a male advantage on Happe’s “Cartoon” task. Cognition and Emotion, 21, 1554-1564.

Hassan, B., & Rahman, Q. (2007). Selective sexual orientation-related differences in object location memory. Behavioral Neuroscience, 121, 625-633.

Bhugra, D., Rahman, Q., & Bhintade, R. (2006). Sexual fantasy in gay men in India: a comparison with heterosexual men. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 21, 197-207.

Mataix-Cols, D, Rahman, Q., Spiller, M., Alonso, M. P., Pifarre, J., Menchon, J.M., & Vallejo, J. (2006). Are there sex differences in the neuropsychological profiles of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder? Applied Neuropsychology, 13, 42-50.

Rahman, Q. (2006). Biobehavioural science research on human sexual orientation. In Kam-Shing, YIP (Ed), Psychology of Gender Identity: An international and comprehensive perspective. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Wilson, G.D., & Rahman, Q. (2005). Born Gay: The Biology of Sex Orientation. London: Peter Owen Publishers.

Rahman, Q. (2005). The association between the fraternal birth order effect in male homosexuality and other markers of human sexual orientation. Biology Letters, 1, 393-395.

Rahman, Q., & David Clarke, C. (2005). Sex differences in neurocognitive functioning among abstinent recreational cocaine users. Psychopharmacology, 181, 374-380.

Rahman, Q. (2005). The neurodevelopment of human sexual orientation. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 29, 1057-1066.

Rahman, Q., Abrahams, S., & Jussab, F. (2005). Sex differences in a human analogue of the Radial Arm Maze: The “17-Box Maze Test”. Brain and Cognition, 58, 312-317.
Rahman, Q., & Hull, M.S. (2005). An empirical test of the kin selection hypothesis of male homosexuality. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 34, 461-467.

Rahman, Q., Korhonen, M., & Aslam, A. (2005). Sexually dimorphic 2D:4D ratio, height, weight, and their relation to number of sexual partners. Personality and Individual Differences, 39, 83-92.

McFadden, D., Loehlin, J.C., Breedlove, S.M., Lippa, R.A., Manning, J.T., & Rahman, Q. (2005). A reanalysis of five studies on sexual orientation and the relative length of index and ring fingers. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 34, 341-356.

Rahman, Q., Andersson, D., & Govier, E. (2005). A specific sexual-orientation-related difference in navigation strategy. Behavioral Neuroscience, 119, 311-316.

Rahman, Q. (2005). Fluctuating asymmetry, 2nd to 4th finger length ratios and human sexual orientation. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 30, 382-391.

Parlsow, D. M., Morris, R. G., Fleminger, S., Rahman, Q., Abrahams, S., & Reece, M. (2005). Allocentric spatial memory in humans with hippocampal lesions. Acta Psychologica, 118, 123-147.

Rahman, Q., Wilson, G.D., & Abrahams, S. (2004). Biosocial factors, sexual orientation and neurocognitive functioning. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 29, 867-881.

Rahman, Q., Wilson, G.D., & Abrahams, S. (2004). Sex, sexual orientation and identification of positive and negative facial affect. Brain and Cognition, 54, 179-185.

Rahman, Q., Wilson, G.D., & Abrahams, S. (2004).
Developmental instability is associated with neurocognitive performance in heterosexual and homosexual men but not women. Behavioral Neuroscience, 118, 243-247.

Rahman, Q., Wilson, G.D., & Abrahams, S. (2004). Performance differences between adult heterosexual and homosexual men on the Digit-Symbol Substitution sub-test of the WAIS. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology, 26, 141-148.

Rahman, Q., Kumari, V., & Wilson, G.D. (2003). Sexual orientation related differences in pre-pulse inhibition of the human startle response. Behavioral Neuroscience, 117, 1096-1102.

Rahman, Q., Abrahams, S., & Wilson, G.D. (2003). Sexual orientation related differences in verbal fluency. Neuropsychology, 17, 240-246.

Rahman, Q., & Wilson, G.D. (2003). Born Gay? The psychobiology of human sexual orientation. Personality and Individual Differences, 34, 1337-1382.

Rahman, Q., & Wilson, G.D. (2003). Sexual orientation and the 2nd to 4th finger length ratio: evidence for organising effects of sex hormones or developmental instability? Psychoneuroendocrinology, 28, 288-303.

Rahman, Q., & Wilson, G.D. (2003). Large sexual orientation related differences in performance on mental rotation and judgement of line orientation. Neuropsychology, 17, 25-31.
Rahman, Q., Wilson, G.D., & Abrahams, S. (2003). Sexual orientation related differences in spatial memory. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 9, 376-383.

Pitts, M.K.., Cannon, S., Johnson, L., Singh, G., Clarke, T., & Rahman, Q. (2001). Can we predict who will return to a genitourinary clinic? International Journal of STD and AIDS, 12, 346-347.

Pitts, M.K., & Rahman, Q. (2001). Which behaviours constitute having “had sex” in the United Kingdom? Archives of Sexual Behaviour, 30, 169-176.

Rahman, Q. (2000). Gender differences, “risk-taking” and the need for empirical evidence. Psychology, Evolution and Gender, 2, 151-155.

Rahman, Q., & Silber, K. (2000). Sexual orientation and the sleep waking cycle. Archives of Sexual Behaviour, 29, 127-134.

Rahman, Q. (2001) Research in Brief: Genes, environments and sexuality – Behaviour genetics reveals more about male and female sexual orientation. The Psychologist, 14, 36

Rahman, Q. (1999). Comments on the neuroanatomy of human sexual orientation and proposed neuroendocrine hypotheses. Journal of Contemporary Neurology, 2, 2-4.

Rahman, Q. (1999) The psychobiology of human sexual orientation: What is it and why bother? Lesbian and Gay Section (BPS) Newsletter, 1 (2), 6 - 10.

Rahman, Q. (1999) Making lesbians and gays invisible [Letter to the Editor]. The Psychologist, 12, 8-9.

Rahman, Q. (1999) Intellectual imperialism? [Letter to the Editor] The Psychologist, 12, 329.

Rahman, Q. (1998) Sex and behaviour [Letter to the Editor]. The Psychologist, 11, 468-469.

last updated: Tuesday, April 16, 2013