UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr Kathryn Hamilton

Research Associate

Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
20th Jun 2016

Research summary

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.

Teaching summary

Kathryn has experience delivering lectures and seminars on quantitative methods, including statistical analysis, to health care professionals, undergraduate medical students and school age children, and on theories of health behaviour change to health care professionals and undergraduate medical students. She has also contributed to the research supervision of a Health psychology PhD student and several clinical MSc students undertaking research primarily related to Health Psychology and behaviour change.


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.