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Claire Bloxsom

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

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I'm a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Counselling, and Psychological Therapies in the Division of Psychology and work at NTU part-time teaching mainly on BSc. (Hons) Psychology and Counselling. I'm also a UKCP Registered and Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist (Middlesex University/ Metanoia Institute). I hold a PhD in Psychology (University of Leicester), and am also a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the BPS by (academic chartership route).

Career overview

I began my academic career in lecturing in 2004, and have worked in counselling and psychotherapy since 2013.

Research areas

I've been involved in a variety of research as a collaboration, co-investigator and co-author. Previous and recent collaborations have been in the area of criminological psychology, biological psychology, and social and personality psychology. Current research interests and future research plans relate to topics in counselling and psychological therapies, especially relating to HIV stigma, sexuality, anxiety, depression, trauma, identity, and the therapy relationship, in alignment with my main clinical interests.

External activity

I work part-time in clinical practice as an Integrative Psychotherapist. Particular clinical interests and experience relate to working with anxiety, shame, depression, trauma, culture, gay and bisexual men's wellbeing, and LGBTQ+ emotional health. I have clinical experience and a specific interest in psychological wellbeing in clients with an HIV diagnosis. I have an interest in integrating creative and somatic body-based methods into therapy practice.

Sponsors and collaborators

My current research collaborators include:

Professor Rusi Jaspal (NTU - Collaboration on currently active projects)

Dr Alex Sumich (Associate Professor) (NTU)

Dr Nadja Heym (NTU)

Dr Fraenze Kibowski (NTU)


Heym, N., Kibowski, F., Bloxsom, C.A.J., Blanchard, A., Harper, A., Wallace, L., FIrth, J. and Sumich, A., 2020. The Dark Empath: characterising dark traits in the presence of empathy. Personality and Individual Differences: 110172. ISSN 0191-8869

Sumich, A., Heym, N., Bloxsom, C.A.J., Hunter, K., Gregson, M. and Fido, D., (2020). Don't slap the fish: the relationship between dietary Omega-3 intake and physical aggression is mediated by motor inhibition in response to distressed faces. Personality and Individual Differences: 110062. ISSN 0191-8869

Heym, N., Firth, J., Kibowski, F., Sumich, A., Egan, V. and Bloxsom, C.A.J., (2019). Empathy at the heart of darkness: empathy deficits that bind the dark triad and those that mediate indirect relational aggression. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10: 95. ISSN 1664-0640

Sumich, A., Harris, A., Whitford, T., Hermens, D., Heym, N., Anderson, J., Bloxsom, C.A.J., Kibowski, F. and Kumari, V., (2018). Neurophysiological correlates of excitement in men with recent-onset psychosis. Psychiatria Danubina, 30 (1), pp. 64-71. ISSN 0353-5053

Fido, D., Santo, M., Bloxsom, C. A.J., Gregson, M. and Sumich, A., (2017). Electrophysiological study of the violence inhibition mechanism in relation to callous-unemotional and aggressive traits. Personality and Individual Differences, 118, pp. 44-49. ISSN 0191-8869

Hollin, C.R., Marsh, C., & Bloxsom, C.A.J. (2011). Anger and self-reported delinquency in university students. European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Contexts, 3(1), 1-10.

Murray, J., Irving, B., Farrington, D. P., Colman, I., & Bloxsom, C.A.J. (2010). Very early predictors of conduct problems and crime: Results from the 1970 British Cohort Study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 51, 1198-1207.

Hollin, C.R., & Bloxsom, C.A.J. (2007). Treatments for angry aggression. In Gannon, T.A., Ward, T., Beech, A. R., Fisher,D. (Eds). Aggressive offenders’ cognition: Theory, research, and practice. (pp-215-229). John Wiley.

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