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August 22, 2014
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Dr. Geldart

Dr. Sybil Geldart

Associate Professor, Psychology

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5839   |  lab 519.756.8228 ext.5845

Office Location: RCE 210
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:30-3:30, or by appointment
Academic Background


PhD  Developmental Psychology, McMaster University
MA   Clinical Psychology, The University of Western Ontario

BA    Hons Psychology; Biology minor, University of Waterloo


 Sybil Geldart, Ph.D, C.Psych (Supervised Practice)

Dr. Geldart is an Associate Professor at Laurier Brantford. She currently serves as Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed international journal, European Review of Applied Psychology. Dr. Geldart's research interests include the development of the perception of facial attractiveness and the role of visual experience and culture.  She teaches courses in child development, exceptionalities during childhood and adolescence, and she developed what has turned out to be a popular seminar course, Physical Beauty in Contemporary Society.

Dr. Geldart is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and currently in supervised practice for registration as a child-clinical psychologist.  In supervised practice, she works with elementary school children and adolescents--primarily conducting assessments of thinking and reasoning, academics, attention and other behaviours related to learning.

Additional Information

Research Interests

Dr. Geldart's primary area of research focuses on children and adults and the development of the perception of facial attractiveness. Dr. Geldart has examined perceptions of facial attractiveness in babies, individual differences in the perception of beauty, and the role of visual experience on people's aesthetic judgments. In current work, she and Dr. Stephanie Burgoyne and their students are exploring verbal labels of beauty used in English-speaking Western culture, and the underlying attitudes that influence usage of beauty labels by (pre) adolescents and emerging adults.   

Dr. Geldart has a secondary area of research in occupational health psychology, and she collaborates with researchers from McMaster University and the University of Michigan. Together they have explored attributions made by workers and management regarding the causes of accidents, various organizational practices related to health and safety, and employee perceptions of how work organization and incivility impact mental health. 

Clinical Interests

At the Thames Valley District School Board, Dr. Geldart is involved in the assessment and counselling of children and adolescents with learning disorders, developmental disabilities, and behavioural problems that interfere with academic success.  She captures children's strengths and needs also comes from consultations with families, school personnel, and other professionals. Her clinical work is informed by empirically-supported methods of assessment and treatment.


  • developmental psychology
  • visual/face perception
  • clinical and school psychology
  • child psychopathology
  • (occupational) health psychology


Geldart, S., & Burgoyne, S.  (2013). When attractive is not beautiful: A look at contemporary labels of beauty. Feature Article, Society for Research on Adolescence (March).

Py, J., Bouffard, T., Desmette, D., Fontayne, P., Geldart, S., Gosselin, P., Lories, G., et al. (2012).  A summary of the publications appearing in ERAP from 2009 to 2011, including some notable developments that have emerged during this period.  European Review of Applied Psychology, 62, 1-2.

Geldart, S.  (2011). Perceptions of attractiveness in female adolescents, university students, and mothers with experience viewing immature faces. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 8 (3), 295-310.

Geldart, S. (2010). That woman looks pretty, but is she attractive?  Female perceptions of facial beauty and the impact of cultural labels. European Review of Applied Psychology, 60, 79-87.

Geldart, S., Smith, C.A., Shannon, H.S., & Lohfeld, L.  (2010).  Organizational practices and workplace health and safety: A cross-sectional study in manufacturing companies. Safety Science, 48, 562-569.

Geldart, S. (2008). Tall and good-looking? The relationship between raters’ height and perceptions of attractiveness. Journal of Individual Differences, 29, 148-156.

MacDermid, J.C., Geldart, S., Williams, R.M., Westmorland, M., Lin, C.A., & Shannon, H. (2008). Work organization and health:  A qualitative study of the perceptions of workers. Work, 30, 241-254.

Cooper, P.A., Geldart, S.S., Mondloch, C.J., & Maurer, D.  (2006). Developmental changes in perceptions of attractiveness:  A role for experience?  Developmental Science, 9, 530-543.

Geldart, S., Shannon, H.S., & Lohfeld, L.  (2005). Have Ontario companies improved their health and safety approaches over the last decade?  A longitudinal study.  American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 47, 217-226.

Mondloch, C.J., Geldart, S., Maurer, D., & de Schonen, S.  (2003). Developmental changes in the processing of hierarchical shapes continue into adolescence. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 84, 20-40.

Mondloch, C.J., Geldart, S., Maurer, D., & Le Grand, R.  (2003.) Developmental changes in face processing skills.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 86, 67-84.

Geldart, S., Mondloch, C.J., Maurer, D., de Schonen, S., & Brent, H.P.  (2002). The effect of early visual deprivation on the development of face processing. Developmental Science, 5, 490-501.

Geldart, S., Maurer, D., & Carney, K. (1999). Effects of eye size on adults’ aesthetic ratings of faces and 5-month-olds’ looking times.  Perception, 28, 361-374.

Geldart, S., Maurer, D., & Henderson, H. (1999). The effects of the height of faces’ internal features on adults’ aesthetic ratings and 5-month-olds’ looking times.  Perception, 28, 839-850.

Selected Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

Geldart, S.  (2012, November).  When attractive isn’t beautiful: Cultural labels of facial beauty and what they mean to young women.  Guest speaker. Canadian Federation of University Women – Brantford. The Thorpe Carriage House, Brantford, Ontario.

Geldart, S.  (2010, October). Is she cute or attractive? Females’ judgments of other women and the impact of cultural labels of beauty. Keynote Speaker of the Women's Caucus Breakfast. The 64th Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA), Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Cimon-Lambert, K., Tremblay, L., Geldart, S., Pajuluoma, J., & Emptage, B. (2010, August). Anti-fat attitudes in university students and the mediating role of body image satisfaction. Poster to be presented at the 118th APA Annual Convention, Division 12, Society of Clinical Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Eaton, J., & Geldart, S.  (2010, May). The effect of transgressor attractiveness on victims' implicit self-esteem. Poster to be presented at the 22nd Annual Convention of APS, Boston, MA.

Geldart, S.  (2009, August).  The beauty of an attractiveness facial rating scale. Poster presented at the 117th APA Annual Convention, Divisions 3 and 6: Experimental and Comparative Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, Toronto.

Geldart, S., Eaton, J., & Hillman, M.  (2009, August).  Being beautiful means never having to say you’re sorry: The effects of physical attractiveness on forgiveness. Poster presented at the 117th APA Annual Convention, Division 8: Society for Personality and Social Psychology, TO.

Geldart, S., & Rice, K. (2009, May).  Men’s visual preferences for faces across diverse beauty labels. Poster presented at the 21st Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Geldart, S., & Henderson, S.  (2008, August).  Visual and aesthetic preferences for faces across diverse beauty labels.  Poster presented at the 116th APA Annual Convention, Divisions 3 and 6: Experimental and Comparative Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, Boston.

Geldart, S., & Henderson, S.  (2008, July).  Adults’ looking times to pretty faces: More evidence of developmental stability in human aesthetic preferences. Poster presented at the 20th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Würzburg, Germany.

Geldart, S.  (2008, March).  The “ideal” location of facial features:  Is there a difference in the preferences of adolescents and adults?  Poster presented at the 12th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Chicago, Illinois.

Shannon, H.S., Langlois, L., Griffith, L., Geldart, S., Cortina, L.M., & Haines, T. (2008, March). Effects of workplace incivility on psychological distress and health.  Paper presented at the 7th APA/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, Washington, D.C.

Langlois, L.E., Shannon, H.S., Griffith, L., Haines, T., Cortina, L.M., & Geldart, S. (2007, October). The effects of workplace incivility on psychological distress and health. Paper presented at the 19th International Conference on Epidemiology in Occupational Health, Banff, Alberta.

Geldart, S., Lin, C., Williams, R., Westmorland, M., Shannon, H., & MacDermid, J. (2005, May). Work organization and its relationship to health:  Qualitative results from focus groups.  Poster presented at the 3rd National Symposium of the Canadian Association for Research on Work & Health, Vancouver, BC.

Shannon, H., Smith, C., Geldart, S., & Lohfeld, L.  (2005, May).  Attribution of causes for workplace injuries.  Paper presented at the 3rd National Symposium of the Canadian Association for Research on Work & Health, Vancouver, BC.

Geldart, S. (2005, April).  Have companies improved their health and safety approaches over the last decade?  Occupational Health, Hygiene and Toxicology Rounds, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University.