Staff profile

Dr Claire Hampson

Senior Lecturer in Psychology




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


University of Derby Online Learning

Research centre

Health and Social Care Research Centre



I have been working for the University of Derby since 2011. I have a BSc. (Hons) Psychology degree and MSc. in Health Psychology from the University of Derby. Following my MSc. I worked as a Research Associate within the Psychopharmacology Department at the University of Nottingham’s Medical School. My research post involved testing novel treatments for Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer's and Addiction problems. I then completed a PhD within the Addiction Research Unit at the University of Birmingham. My PhD involved a mixed-methods evaluation of the implementation of family-focused treatment within routine addiction treatment services.

My areas of interest and expertise lie within the areas of Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychopharmacology.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across a number of our undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, but predominantly on the MSc. in Health Psychology programme. I lead the Psychology of Health and Illness module as well as the Health Promotion and Behaviour Change module. 

Research interests

My main research interests relate to addictive behaviours. Other interests include stress and health; quality of life and burden in informal carers; and positive psychology in relation to health promotion. 

Membership of professional bodies

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Health Psychology Division


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Derby
  • PG Cert HE, University of Derby

Postgraduate qualifications

  • MSc Health Psychology, University of Derby

Research qualifications

  • PhD in Psychology: Substance Misuse and the Family, University of Birmingham

Recent conferences

  • Harm reduction strategies of people testing their illicit drugs at a testing service in the Netherlands. Poster presented at the Annual Division of Health Psychology Conference, 6-8 September 2017, Cardiff, U.K.
  • Increasing family-focused practice across an Organisation: Helping services become more family-focused (2013). Talk given at the 2013 New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group (NDSAG) 37th Annual Conference, 26th April 2013, Birmingham, U.K.
  • Results from a quasi-experimental design project designed to promote work with affected family members in a large third sector organisation in England (2011). Talk given at the 2011 Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) Annual Symposium, York, U.K.
  • Preliminary results from the Involving Family Members across the Organisation (IFMO) project. Talk given at the 2011 Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) PhD student's Annual Symposium, Oxford Brookes University, U.K.
  • Integrating Evidence-based Family-Intervention into Routine Addiction Services: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice. Poster presented at the 2009 International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol Problems (INEBRIA) Conference, Gateshead, UK.
  • Evaluating the Impact of Family-Intervention in Routine Addiction Treatment Services. Poster presented at The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 8th Blending Conference (2010), Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
  • Substance Misuse and the Family. Poster presented at the University of Birmingham Graduate School, 4th Annual Research Poster Conference (2009).

Experience in industry

Throughout my PhD I was employed as a Teaching Assistant and taught across a range of undergraduate psychology modules.

Research posts

  • University of Nottingham: Psychopharmacology Section 2005-2008

Recent publications

  • Body, S., Cheung, THC., Bezzina, G., Hampson, CL, Fone, KCF, Bradshaw, CM, Glennon, JC., & Szabadi, E. (2014). New Findings on the Sensitivity of Free-Operant Timing Behaviour to 5-Hydroxytryptamine Receptor Stimulation. Timing & Time Perception, 2, 210–232.
  • den Boon FS, Body S, Hampson CL, Bradshaw CM, Szabadi E, & de Bruin N. (2012). Effects of amisulpride and aripiprazole on progressive-ratio schedule performance: comparison with clozapine and haloperidol. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 26, 9, 1231-43.
  • Hampson CL, Body S, den Boon FS, Cheung THC, Bezzina G, Langley RW, Fone KCF, Bradshaw CM, Szabadi E (2010). Comparison of the effects of 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine and D-amphetamine on the ability of rats to discriminate the durations and intensities of light stimuli. Behavioural Pharmacology, 21, 1, 11-20.
  • da Costa Araujo S, Body S, Hampson CL., Langley RW, Deakin JFW, Anderson IM, Bradshaw CM, Szabadi E (2009). Effects of lesions of the nucleus accumbens core on inter-temporal choice: further observations with an adjusting-delay procedure. Behavioural Brain Research, 202, 2, 272-7.
  • Body S, Cheung TH, Hampson CL, den Boon FS, Bezzina G, Fone KC, Bradshaw CM, Szabadi E (2008). Attenuation of the effects of d-amphetamine on interval timing behavior by central 5-hydroxytryptamine depletion. Psychopharmacology, 203, 3, 547-559.
  • Bezzina G, Boon FS, Hampson CL, Cheung TH, Body S, Bradshaw CM, Szabadi E, Anderson IM, Deakin JF (2008). Effect of quinolinic acid-induced lesions of the subthalamic nucleus on performance on a progressive-ratio schedule of reinforcement: a quantitative analysis. Behavioural Brain Research, 195, 2, 223-30.
  • Bezzina G, Body S, Cheung TH, Hampson CL, Bradshaw CM, Szabadi E, Anderson IM, Deakin JF (2008). Effect of disconnecting the orbital prefrontal cortex from the nucleus accumbens core on inter-temporal choice behaviour: a quantitative analysis. Behavioural Brain Research, 191, 2, 272-9.