Staff Profile

  • Dr Kimberley Hill is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Psychology at the University of Northampton. Kimberley is a Chartered Psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychology Society. She also holds a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship from AdvanceHE in recognition of her outstanding impact on student outcomes and the Higher Education teaching profession.

    Kimberley was first awarded an Academic Excellence Scholarship for her First Class BSc (Hons) Psychology Degree from Oxford Brookes University. She later received the Postgraduate Taught Research Prize for her MRes Psychology degree jointly taught by Oxford Brookes and The University of Oxford. Kimberley received a Studentship for her Psychology PhD and has since completed Postgraduate Certificates in both Academic Practice and 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. Kimberley has extensive departmental and programme leadership experience and helped lead the department through an institutional move to active-blended learning.

    Kimberley supervises undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral student projects (PhD and ProfDoc), provides module leadership and teaches across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Kimberley is dedicated to embedding applied, student-led activities into her teaching and engaging students as partners in tackling social issues. She has secured funding for a number of teaching and learning projects, while contributing to learning and teaching Advisory Boards.

    Kimberley’s work has great impact and she has been recognised and awarded for her work with external partners to transform Higher Education practice and policy. This includes her work in developing university policies and processes in relation to student wellbeing, safety and gender-based violence, developing curriculum-embedded consent education in schools and universities, while working with partners, organisations and charities to enhance practice.

    Dedicated to widening participation and increase access into education, Kimberley is adept in developing and coordinating courses for an international market. She has validated and led a number of successful Psychology programmes between the University of Northampton and global academic partners, while developing best practice partnership methods and processes.

    Kimberley is dedicated to disseminating Psychological knowledge and increasing access into Science. As a National STEM Ambassador and Psychology STEM lead, Kimberley has spearheaded Psychology’s inclusion in the University STEM agenda, running events to enthuse thousands of young people about Psychology. To further enhance employability, Kimberley has previously run Psychology Alumni Panel Careers Events and other inspiring events involving local schools, FE and HE institutions to widen STEM participation. Kimberley engages students as partners and positive role models, working with students to hold Practical Experience of Research Days and Conferences for local teachers, school pupils and community groups.

    Kimberley has created a number of mentoring schemes, both within and outside of the University to support educators, practitioners and researchers. This includes co-founding the European-wide EUSPR Early Career European Prevention Network, while working as a British Academy mentor. Kimberley has also chaired a unique cross-University STEM Steering Group, as well as a Northampton and District A-Level Psychology (NAP) Teacher’s Group to support Psychology Teachers. 

  • Teaching Responsibilities
    • Currently Deputy Head of Psychology at the University of Northampton

    • Previous Programme Leader roles include: Programme Leader – BSc Psychology Single Honours, Bsc Psychology and BSc Psychology & Counselling, TMC Academy Singapore; BSc Psychology, DEI Greece.

    • Information about Kimberley’s teaching and learning awards and nominations can be found on her PURE profile.

    Undergraduate Teaching
    • Current undergraduate teaching responsibilities include: Development and Society (Module Coordinator: 280 students), Biological and Cognitive Psychology: Mechanisms of Mind, Personality and the Fundamentals of Psychology, Health Psychology, Dissertation Supervisor.
    • Previous undergraduate teaching responsibilities include: Psychology in Practice, Independent Practical Work, Research Methods and Data Analysis, Personality Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Understanding the Social World.
    Postgraduate Teaching
    • Current postgraduate teaching responsibilities include: PhD and DProfPrac Supervisor, Internal and External PhD Examiner.
    • Previous postgraduate teaching responsibilities include: 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
    PhD students
    • Elaine Williams – Psychology and Health: Exploration of the experience of peri menopausal women and the impact of Onobotulinum Toxin Type A on mood.
    • Ana Pal – public perceptions of existing green spaces during the development of green social prescription programmes (advisor).
    • Jane Wright – Psychology and Health: Evaluating the experiences of peer mentors for alcohol or drug addiction.
    • Zak Baldwin – Psychology: An investigation into the effects of action video-games and gaming interfaces on visual selective attention and age-related cognitive decline.
    • Iain Douglas – Psychology and Computing: Affordances within digital, virtual environments: the application of cues and nudges.   
    • Dave Hill – Psychology and Policing: Systems in Policing Leadership
    • Honest Lugube – Psychology (completed – 2019): Ethnicity and Inequality in foster care: To what extent does the current mental health provision address the needs of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) children in foster care?
    Other Responsibilities

    Other current responsibilities include:

    • Psychology Research Ethics Committee and Faculty of Health and Society Research Ethics Committee; C@N-Do Panel Assessor and Mentor, Programme Validation Assessor, #NeverOK Planning Group

    Other previous responsibilities include:

    • 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, Programme Validation Assessor, Psychology STEM Lead, Chair of UON STEM Steering Group
  • Kimberley is an Associate Professor and co-lead for the Centre of Psychological Science’s Health, Education and Behaviour Change Research Group.

    Her research expertise is in the area of:

    • Promoting health and preventing health risk behaviours
    • The perceptual control of social action, cognition and development in context
    • Expertise in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research
    • Kimberley has published widely in the fields of prevention science, health, social and cognitive psychology, while contributing to national and international televised, radio and print media. Kimberley’s work involves partnerships with external organisations and global educators, informing local, national and international practice and policy. She has been invited to provide global keynotes, advise on a number of national and international professional committees and boards, while coordinating conferences, mentoring schemes, development networks and training.
    • Further information about Kimberley’s research, publications and awards can be found on her PURE profile.
  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Kimberley Hill’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.