Dr Keith Clements

Position: Senior Lecturer in Psychology

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Subject area: Psychology

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I graduated from University College, Oxford in 1983 with a degree in Experimental Psychology. My PhD was supervised by Dr Graham Turpin, at what is now Plymouth University and was concerned with validating the palmar sweat index as an alternative to electrodermal activity for use in clinical psychophysiology.

I took up a lectureship at Derby in September 1994. I was Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree from 1998 to 2014. I am currently the Joint Honours Programme Leader for Psychology and am also responsible for a Psychology programme delivered in collaboration with a partner organisation in Singapore.

Teaching responsibilities

I am currently the Joint Honours Programme Leader for Psychology. I am also Module Leader for a third year optional module called Addictive Behaviours. I teach on a number of other modules, mostly in the area of biological psychology. 

Research interests

My research interests include psychophysiology, human studies of conditioning, and the psychology of substance use.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Graduate member of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the Psychobiology section of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Undergraduate Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

Research Qualifications

  • PhD on the Palmar Sweat Index as an alternative to electrodermal activity, University of Plymouth

Research Posts 

  • Addiction Research Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry, London: "Behavioural interactions between drinking and smoking", 1992-1994.

Recent publications

  • Clements, K. & Turpin, G. (1992). Vulnerability models and schizophrenia: The assessment and prediction of relapse. In M Birchwood & N Tarrier (Eds.) Innovations in the Psychological Management of Schizophrenia: Assessment, treatment and services, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, pp21-47. 
  • Turpin, G. & Clements, K. (1992). Psychophysiological contributions to clinical assessment and treatment. In DJ Kavanagh (Ed.) Schizophrenia: An Overview and Practical Handbook, Chapman & Hall, London, pp59-78. 
  • Turpin, G. & Clements, K. (1993). Electrodermal activity and psychopathology: The development of the palmar sweat index as an applied measure for use in clinical settings. In J.C. Roy, W. Boucsein, D.C. Fowles & J. Gruzelier (Eds.) Electrodermal Activity: From Physiology to Psychology, New York: Plenum Press pp49-60. 
  • Clements, K. & Turpin, G. (1995). Effects of feedback and task difficulty on electrodermal activity and heart rate: An examination of Fowles' three arousal model. Journal of Psychophysiology,9,231-242. 
  • Clements, K., Glautier, S., Stolerman, I.P., White, J-A.W. and Taylor, C. (1996). Classical conditioning in humans: Nicotine as CS and alcohol as US. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental,11, 85-95. 
  • Clements, K. and Turpin, G. (1996). The Life Events Scale for Students: Validation for use with British Samples. Personality and Individual Differences,20, 747-751. 
  • Glautier, S., Clements, K., White, J-A.W., Taylor, C. and Stolerman, I.P. (1996). Alcohol and the reward value of cigarette smoking. Behavioural Pharmacology,7, 144-154. 
  • Clements, K. & Turpin, G. (1996) Physiological effects of public speaking assessed using a measure of palmar sweating. Journal of Psychophysiology, 10, 283-290. 
  • Haynes CA; Miles JNV; Clements K (2000). A confirmatory factor analysis of two models of sensation seeking. Personality and Individual Differences, 29(5), 823-839. 
  • Clements K; Turpin G (2000). Life event exposure, physiological reactivity, and psychological strain. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23 (1), 73-94

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