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Research Profile

  • Dr Kimberley Hill is an Associate Professor and Psychology Deputy Subject Lead at the University of Northampton.

    Kimberley is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychology Society and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She first completed a BSc Degree in Psychology with First Class Honours after being awarded an Academic Excellence Scholarship by Oxford Brookes University. Kimberley was later awarded the Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research Prize for her MRes degree in Psychological Research which was jointly taught by Oxford Brookes and The University of Oxford. Following this, she read for a PhD in Psychology and Health after being recommended to receive a DTP Studentship to support her doctoral studies. Kimberley also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and in Research Degree Supervision.

    Following her role as a Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, Kimberley joined the Psychology and Sociology Subject Group at the University of Northampton in 2014. As Psychology Deputy Subject Lead, Programme and Module Leader, Kimberley has provided subject, programme and module leadership, while teaching across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Kimberley also supervises and examines undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and professional practice student projects. Kimberley is adept in developing and coordinating courses and supported the department in developing their teaching and learning approach during the institutional move to active-blended learning. This also includes developing Psychology courses for an international market, as Kimberley has designed, validated and led a number of successful Psychology programmes between the University of Northampton and global academic partners, while developing methods and procedures for Education with Others (EWO).

    Kimberley is dedicated to enhancing access into science and increasing psychological literacy for all. As a National STEM Ambassador and Psychology STEM lead, Kimberley has spearheaded Psychology’s inclusion in the University STEM agenda. As previous Deputy Chair of the University STEM Steering Group and, Kimberley has run a number of outreach events involving local schools, FE and HE institutions to widen participation and access in STEM subjects and careers. Kimberley also previously led the Northampton and District A-Level Psychology (NAP) Teacher’s Group and organises Practical Experience of Research Days, as well as Research Conferences for local young people.

    Professional Roles
    • National Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Ambassador (STEM)
    • Committee Member, Social Psychology Section (SPS) of the British Psychology Society (BPS)
    • The BPS Psychologist and Research Digest Editorial Advisory Committee
    • Kimberley sits on publisher Advisory Committee and Reviewer Boards and is also a reviewer for journals in the area of Social, Cognitive and Health Psychology, Education and Prevention Science
    • Award Lead, The European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR)
    • Founder and Early Careers Forum Co-Lead EUSPR (previous)
    • Lead Editor, EUSPR Prevention Blog (previous)
    • Committee Member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology (previous)
    • Science for Prevention Academic Network (SPAN) Coordinator (previous)
    • PsyPAG Division of Health Psychology Representative (previous)
    • PsyPAG Social Media Committee (previous)
    Professional Accreditation and Membership
    • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
    • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
    • Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DART-P)
    • Division of Health Psychology (DHP)
    • Social Psychology Section (SPS)
    • European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR)
    • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
    Current Associations and Research Groups
    • Centre for Psychology and Social Sciences
    • Health, Education and Behaviour Change (co-lead)
    • Diversity, Community and Identity
    • Oxford Brookes Prevention Group
    • Visiting Fellow, Centre for Brexit Studies, Birmingham City University
    • Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
    • Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice (previous)
  • Teaching Responsibilities
    • Psychology Deputy Subject Lead
    • Previous Programme Leader roles: Programme Leader – BSc Psychology (Single Honours), BSc Psychology (Joint Honours), Bsc Psychology and BSc Psychology & Counselling, TMC Academy Singapore; BSc Psychology, DEI Greece.
    Undergraduate Teaching
    • Personality and the Fundamentals of Psychology
    • Development and Society (Module Leader: 250 students)
    • Biological and Cognitive Psychology: Mechanisms of Mind
    • Health Psychology
    • Dissertation Supervisor
    • Previous: Psychology in Practice, Independent Practical Work, Research Methods and Data Analysis, Personality Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Understanding the Social World
    Postgraduate Teaching
    • PhD and DProfPrac Supervisor, Internal and External PhD Examiner
    • Previous: Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, Advanced Research Methods, Applied and Critical Social Psychology, Advanced Developmental Psychology, Working with Schools and Communities: Child and Adolescent Mental Health
    Current PhD students
    • Iain Douglas – affordances, nudges and computing.
    • Jane Wright – peer mentoring in alcohol and drug treatment service
    • Zak Baldwin – action video-game training upon cognitive function in the elderly
    • Ana Pal – public perceptions of existing green spaces during the development of green social prescription programmes (advisor)
    • Honest Lugube – ethnicity and inequality in foster care (completed)
    Previous Programme Leader roles
    • Programme Leader – BSc Psychology (Single Honours)
    • BSc Psychology (Joint Honours)
    • Bsc Psychology and BSc Psychology & Counselling
    • TMC Academy Singapore
    • BSc Psychology, DEI Greece
    Other Responsibilities
    • Psychology Research Ethics Committee and Faculty of Health and Society Research Ethics Committee
    • Psychology STEM Lead, Chair of UoN STEM Steering Group
    • C@N-Do Panel Assessor and Mentor
    • Programme Validation Assessor
    • Previous: I Heart Consent Week, Assessment and Feedback Working Group, Employability Working Group, Careers Event, International Partnership Lead, Faculty Research Steering Group, Risk Assessment and Approval Panel Member, Awards Coordinator
    Teaching Awards
    • Faculty Lecturer of the Year (nominated – 2019)
    • Faculty Lecturer of the Year (nominated – 2018)
    • Outstanding Lecturer of the Year (nominated – 2017)
    • Most Innovative Teaching (nominated – 2017)
    • Contribution to Outstanding Support (nominated – 2017)
    • Best NILE Site (nominated – 2017)
    • Promoting health and preventing health risk behaviours, namely substance misuse
    • The perceptual control of social action, cognition and development in context
    • Expertise in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research

    Kimberley is an Associate Professor and co-lead for the Centre of Psychological Science’s Health, Education and Behaviour Change Research Group. She is involved in funded research projects and consultancy work with colleagues both within and beyond the UK, as well as local organisations and community groups.

    Kimberley’s most recent projects have focused on alcohol impact, community transitions, improving the health of those within the nightlife economy, creating substance free spaces across Europe, understanding decision making processes behind Brexit and social factors related to pro-environmental behaviours. Kimberley has also recently worked on a HEFCE-funded project which focused on creating new spaces within Higher Education to safeguard students from violence and hate. Kimberley has published widely and reviews journals, books and learning materials in the fields of prevention science, health, social and cognitive psychology. Kimberley has also appeared within televised, radio and print media both nationally and internationally. She runs researcher training events across Europe, coordinating national and international conferences, as well as peer mentoring schemes for early career researchers and co-developed one of the first European networks for early career prevention scientists.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Kimberley Hill’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.