Dr Kimberley Hill, Associate Professor

Psychology Deputy Subject Leader

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

- Related to health promotion, health-risk prevention, intervention, decision making and context, in areas of Social, Cognitive and Health Psychology.

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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.

Kimberley 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 has also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and another in Research Degree Supervision.

Following her role as a Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, Kimberley joined the Psychology Division at the University of Northampton at the end of 2014. As a Programme Leader, Kimberley provides module leadership and teaches across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. She also supervises undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral student projects. Kimberley is also 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 methods and procedures for Education With Others (EWO).

As a National STEM Ambassador and Psychology STEM lead, Kimberley has spearheaded Psychology’s inclusion in the University STEM agenda. Kimberley is dedicated to enthusing young people about Psychology and in enhancing employability. She has previously run the Psychology Alumni Panel Careers Event and has Chaired the cross-University STEM Steering Group, which has set up an innovative community-focused STEAMSpace. Kimberley runs a number of inreach and outreach events involving local schools, FE and HE institutions to widen participation in STEM subjects, previously chairing the Northampton and District A-Level Psychology (NAP) Teacher’s Group which organises Teacher's Meetings, Practical Experience of Research Days and Research Conferences for local teachers, school pupils and community groups (more information can be found here: https://bit.ly/2EuqKWg). As a member of WISE, Kimberley is dedicated to enhancing access to science for all.

Research Interests

Kimberley is a co-lead for the Health, Education and Behaviour Change Research Group, which sits within the Centre for Psychological Sciences at The University of Northampton. Her primary research interests are in the areas 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 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 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. She has published in the fields of prevention science, health, social and cognitive psychology.


  • Elaine Williams; Psychology and Health
  • Exploration of the experience of peri menopausal women and the impact of Onobotulinum Toxin Type A facial injection on mood.
  • Jane Wright; Psychology and Health DProfPrac
  • Evaluating the experiences of peer mentors for alcohol or drug addiction.
  • 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? 
  • 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 
  • Affordances within digital, virtual environments: the application of cues and nudges.    

Teaching Interests

  • Programme Leader: BSc Psychology (Single Honours).
  • Previous Programme Leader roles: BSc Psychology (Joint Honours), Bsc Psychology and BSc Psychology & Counselling, TMC Academy Singapore; BSc Psychology, DEI Greece.
  • Undergraduate Teaching: Introduction to Psychology; Psychology For Life; Conceptual and Historical Methods in Psychology; Social Psychology (Module Leader: 250 students); Cognitive Psychology; Health Psychology; Psychology dissertation supervisor; Personal Tutor.
  • Previous: Psychology in Practice, Independent Practical Work, Research Methods and Data Analysis, Personality Psychology, Understanding the Social World.
  • Postgraduate Teaching: Working With Schools and Communities: Child and Adolescent Mental Health; PG Dissertation and Doctoral Supervisor; Personal Tutor.
  • Previous: Applied and Critical Social Psychology; Advanced Developmental Psychology; Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, Advanced Research Methods. 

Other Responsibilities

Psychology Leadership Team; Internal and External PhD Examiner; Health, Education and Behaviour Change Research Theme Co-Lead; Faculty of Health & Society Research Ethics Committee; Psychology Ethics Committee, Psychology STEM Lead; C@N-DO HEA Panel Assessor; Graham Mitchell Award Coordinator; Programme Validation Assessor.

Previous: International Partnership Lead; Risk Assessment and Approval Panel Member; Psychology STEM Team Leader Manager; Assessment and Feedback Working Group; Faculty Research Steering Group; Employability Working Group, I Heart Consent Week Lead;  Co-ordinator of The Northampton Area Psychology Teachers’ Group; Psychology Alumni Careers Event Lead; Chair of University STEM Steering Group.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PGCE, Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision, University of Northampton


Award Date: 1 Jul 2018

PGCE, Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Northampton


Award Date: 1 Jul 2017

PhD, PhD Psychology and Health, Oxford Brookes University


Master, MRes Psychological Research (taught with The University of Oxford), Oxford Brookes University


Bachelor, BSc (Hons) Psychology, Oxford Brookes University


External positions

Pearson Publishing Advisory Committee and Reviewer

Nov 2018 → …

Associate Member: Prevention Science Group at Oxford Brookes University

2018 → …

British Psychological Society Psychologist and Digest Editorial Advisory Committee

1 Sep 2017 → …

Visiting Fellow: Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University

2017 → …

Social Psychology Section Committee of the British Psychological Society (Communications, Conference Team and Committee Member)

1 Sep 2016 → …

Co-Founder and Lead of the European Society for Prevention Research Early Careers Forum

Oct 2015Oct 2017

European Society for Prevention Research Award Board and Conference Committee

1 Sep 2014 → …

Editor/ Reviewer Responsibilities: Social Psychological Review, EUSPR Prevention Blog, The Psychologist, Research Digest, Qualitative Health Research, Health Education, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, Journal of Gender Studies, Pearson Education, McGraw Hill, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; Journal for Clinical Medicine (Neurology)

2014 → …

Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society Committee Member

Jul 2012Jul 2014

PsyPAG Committee Representative

Jul 2012Jul 2014

Lecturer in Psychology, Oxford Brookes University

1 Oct 20111 Sep 2014


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • BF Psychology


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