Staff profile

Dr Claire Hampson

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Staff member Claire Hampson




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology

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 in 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 postgraduate programmes, but predominantly on the MSc. in Health Psychology programme. I module lead the online Psychology of Illness module.

Research interests

My main research interests relate to psychopharmacology, the scientific study of the effects drugs have on mood, judgement, thinking, behaviour and memory. I am particularly interested in the relationship between substance misuse and mood disorders. 

Other interests include stress and health; quality of life and burden in informal carers; and harm reduction interventions that seek to reduce the harms associated with drug use and ineffective drug policies.

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Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Research qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

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

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