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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 the academic chartership route. I am dual trained as an academic psychologist and integrative psychotherapist (clinical practitioner) and therefore sit on the interface between academic psychology and clinical psychotherapy.

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 part-time mainly as a collaborator, co-investigator and co-author. Previous and recent collaborations have been in the area of forensic and criminological psychology, biological psychology, and social and personality psychology. Current research plans relate to topics that connect theory to practice. My current research interest is to collaborate on research that integrates academic psychology with counselling and psychotherapy. Current research topics I would like to pursue include anxiety, depression, trauma, identity processes, gay and bisexual men's mental health, HIV, the role of music and creative arts in therapy, integrative psychotherapy, and the therapy relationship. I am currently working in the area of sexual health, identity processes, and psychology, with Professor Rusi Jaspal.

External activity

I work part-time in my own private clinical practice as a UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist. Particular clinical interests and experience relate to the topics of anxiety, shame, depression, experiences of trauma, culture, and a special interest is in gay and bisexual emotional health. I have some clinical experience working with clients with an HIV positive diagnosis. I have a further interest in integrating creative and somatic body-based methods into therapy, such as music, art, metaphor, and the body in our psychology and wellbeing - in particular, working clinically with the role of music in mental health (as a musician or music listener). My clinical approach is actively involved and is closest in style to integrative and humanistic relational psychotherapy. I have completed some specialist (level 1 training) in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and also externally examine postgraduate clinical  psychotherapy vivas at the Metanoia Institute, London.

Sponsors and collaborators

My current research collaborators include:

Professor Rusi Jaspal (NTU)

Dr. Sarah Gardner (NTU)

Dr Alexander Sumich (Associate Professor) (NTU)

Dr Nadja Heym (NTU)


Fino, E., Jaspal, R., Lopes, B., Wignall, L., & Bloxsom, C. (in press). The Sexual Risk Behaviour Scale: Development and validation in a diverse sample of university students. Evaluation & the Health Professions.

Bloxsom, C.A.J., Firth, J., Kibowski, F., Egan, V., Sumich, A.L., & Heym, N. (2021). Dark shadow of the self: How the dark triad and empathy impact parental and intimate adult attachment relationships in women. Forensic Science International, Mind and Law, 2,

Jaspal, R., Lopes, B., Wignall, L., & Bloxsom, C. (2021). Predicting Sexual Risk Behavior in British and European Union University Students in the United Kingdom, American Journal of Sexuality Education.

Heym, N., Kibowski, F., Bloxsom, C.A.J., Blanchard, A., Harper, A., Wallace, L., FIrth, J. & 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. & 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. & 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., & 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., & Sumich, A., (2017). Electrophysiological study of the violence inhibition mechanism in relation to callous-unemotional and aggressive traits. Personality and Individual Differences, 118, 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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