UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr Kathryn Hamilton

Dr Kathryn Hamilton


Hunter Street Health Centre
8 Hunter Street


  • Research Associate
    Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL


Dr Kathryn Hamilton is a Research Associate working on an NIHR funded study developing and trialing the DAFNEplus (Dose for Adjustment for Normal Eating) intervention in adults with type 1 diabetes. Kathryn has a background in applied clinical research, quantitative and qualitative methods, behaviour change intervention development/re-design, intervention evaluation, and systematic reviews/evidence synthesis. Her research interests include long-term conditions, in particular diabetes, application of health behaviour change theory, psychological well-being, psychological and behavioural intervention development and evaluation, process evaluation including exploration of when, how and why interventions work, and statistical analysis.

Kathryn has a BSc (hons) in Psychology from the University of Leeds, an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Derby, and a PhD in Health Sciences, with a focus on Health Psychology, from the University of Warwick (Warwick Medical School).  She is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Division of Health Psychology (DHP), and a member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM). Her PhD entailed a systematic review exploring the effectiveness of a Written Emotional Disclosure (WED) intervention for adults with long-term physical conditions and a pilot trial/process evaluation investigating WED for improving depression, and self-management behaviours, for adults with Type 2 diabetes in primary care. She has post-doctoral experience writing reports for funders and bids for several external funding bodies, designing and executing several systematic reviews relating to diabetes-specific emotional distress, which included a period of time working with experts in diabetes distress at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and, including her current post, working on three large, typically multi-site and multi-discipline, mixed methods or qualitative NIHR funded studies in diverse clinical and academic settings. Whilst undertaking her PhD she was also a member of the emotional and psychological support working group of NHS Diabetes and Diabetes UK, and she undertook a piece of work commissioned by the working group reviewing the evidence base for emotional and psychological support in diabetes, which directly informed a published NHS Diabetes and Diabetes UK policy document.