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Kimberley Hill


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- 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 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 in Research Degree Supervision.

Following her role as a Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, Kimberley joined the Psychology Division at the University of Northampton in 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 emplyoability. She runs the Psychology Alumni Panel Careers Event and helps to Chair the cross-University STEM Steering Group, which has set up an innovative community-focused STEAMSpace. Kimberley also runs a number of inreach and outreach events involving local schools, FE and HE institutions to widen participation in STEM subjects. She is an active member of the Northampton and District A-Level Psychology (NAP) Teacher’s Group and 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: 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, namely substance misuse.
  • 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.


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.


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.

  • 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; External PhD Examiner.

  • Previous: Applied and Critical Social Psychology; Advanced Developmental Psychology; Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, Advanced Research Methods.

Other Responsibilities

Internal and External PhD Examiner; Health, Education and Behaviour Change Research Theme Co-Lead; Psychology Alumni Careers Event Lead; Faculty of Health & Society Research Ethics Committee; Psychology Ethics Committee, Psychology STEM Lead; Chair of STEM Steering Group, Co-ordinator of The Northampton Area Psychology Teachers’ Group; C@N-DO 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.

Education/Academic qualification

PGCE, University of Northampton


PGCE, University of Northampton


PhD, Oxford Brookes University


Master, Oxford Brookes University


Bachelor, 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

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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Research Output 2014 2019

Can’t dance without being drunk? Exploring the enjoyment and acceptability of conscious clubbing in young people

Davies, E., Joanne, S., Johansson, M., Hill, K. & Brown, K., 1 Dec 2019, Young Adult Drinking Styles: Current Perspectives on Research, Policy and Practice. Conroy, D. & Measham, F. (eds.). 1 ed. Springer, p. 233-252 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

qualitative research

Consent: The Game. A study into using gamification as a strategy for teaching university students about sexual consent.

Jones, E., Dobrzynska, K., Hill, K. & Cartwright, N., 18 Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePoster


Explaining the Brexit Vote: A Socioeconomic and Psychological Exploration of the Referendum Vote

Hearne, D., Semmens-Wheeler, R. & Hill, K., 19 Mar 2019, Brexit Negotiations after article 50: Assessing Process, Progress and Impact. Ruyter, A. & Nielson, B. (eds.). 1 ed. UK: Emerald Publishing, Vol. 1. p. 89-111 22 p. (Brexit Negotiations After Article 50: Assessing Process, Progress and Impact).

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

Open Access
psychological factors

Affordances for drinking alcohol: a non-participant observation study in licensed premises

Hill, K. M., Pilling, M. & Foxcroft, D. R., 1 Oct 2018, In : European Journal of Social Psychology. 48, 6, p. 747-755 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
Alcohol Drinking
Social Environment

Alcohol-related affordances and group subjectivities: a Q-Methodology study

Hill, K. M., Pilling, M. & Foxcroft, D. R., 3 Sep 2018, In : Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. 25, 5, p. 376-385 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
Drinking Behavior
Alcohol Drinking

Contribution of ‘Real Nappies for London’ to Local Authority waste prevention - 2012–2016

Warner, C., Vick, H., Walker, A. & Hill, K. M., 29 Mar 2018, In : Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Waste and Resource Management. 170, 3 & 4, p. 119-127 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
solid waste
waste prevention
local authority

Disseminating Social Psychological Knowledge and Making an Impact

Hill, K., 1 Jun 2018, In : Social Psychological Review. 20, 1

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2014 2019

Health, Education and Behaviour Change Research Group Showcase

Kimberley Hill (Speaker)
20 Jun 2019

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch


Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference 2020

Melanie Crofts (Organiser), Kimberley Hill (Organiser)
1 Apr 20193 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

The sober rave project: investigating the acceptability and personal experiences of alcohol-free dance events.

Kimberley Hill (Speaker), Emma Davies (Speaker), Kyle Brown (Speaker), Matthias Johansson (Speaker), Joanne Smith (Speaker)
31 Jan 201813 Apr 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

Striving for Gender Equality: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Kimberley Hill (Speaker), Melanie Crofts (Speaker)
16 Aug 201818 Aug 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSymposiumResearch


"It’s all smoke and mirrors, but I voted anyway”: understanding voter decisions behind ‘Brexit’: preliminary findings and insight

Rebecca Semmens-Wheeler (Speaker), Kimberley Michelle Hill (Speaker)
2 May 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSeminarResearch

Understanding ‘Brexit’: a psychological evaluation of the UK’s decision to leave the EU

Kimberley Hill (Speaker), Rebecca Semmens-Wheeler (Speaker)
31 Jan 201813 Apr 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Conference 2018

Kimberley Hill (Chair), Melanie Crofts (Chair)
16 Aug 201818 Aug 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopOrganising a conference or workshopResearch