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Claire Bloxsom (Dr.)

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

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Claire is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Counselling, and Psychological Therapies and works at NTU part-time teaching mainly on BSc. (Hons) Psychology and Counselling, as well as BSc.(Hons) Psychology, Psychology with Criminology, and Psychology with Sociology. She is also a practising UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist, has a PhD in Psychology (University of Leicester), and is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the BPS.

Career overview

Claire has been working in university lecturing since 2004, and in counselling and psychotherapy since 2013.

Research areas

Claire has previously collaborated on some research and writing on criminological psychology, biological psychology, and social and personality psychology. Current research interests relate to topics in counselling and psychological therapies such as HIV stigma, sexuality, anxiety, depression, trauma, and the therapy relationship.

External activity

Claire is a Registered Integrative Psychotherapist actively working in clinical practice. Her clinical qualifications include a Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling, a Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, and an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy (Distn). She is registered by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and is a registered MBACP member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Key clinical interests include working with anxiety, depression and low mood, sexuality and orientation, and developmental trauma. She has specialist experience working with clients with an HIV diagnosis, and is interested in socio-political, multicultural, and LGBT issues in therapy.

Sponsors and collaborators

Dr Alex Sumich

Dr Nadja Heym

Dr Fraenze Kibowski


Heym, N., Firth, J., Kibowski, F., Sumich, A.L., 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 doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00095

Sumich, A.L., Harris., A., Whitford, T., Hermans, 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. Psychiatr. Danub. 30 (1), 64-71

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

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.