Department of Psychology


Dr Clare Wilson

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc (Clinical), PhD
  • Role Title: Reader in Applied Psychology
  • Address: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6305
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  • Department: Department of Psychology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I am a Reader in Applied Psychology and am currently the Director of the Quality of Life, Health and Wellbeing Research Group within the Department of Psychology. I completed my Bachelor of Science (Hons), Masters in Clinical Psychology and Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology at the University of Otago, New Zealand. However, I have travelled widely since, working as an academic in the UK and Australia for over 20 years. Although I originally worked as a Clinical Psychologist, I spent 15 years as a Forensic Psychologist (I was a Chartered Forensic Psychologist in the UK) which included training police and social workers in the evidential interviewing of children in both the UK and Australia. However, more recently, I have returned to clinical psychological research with a focus on positive psychology (that is, self-management of mental health).

Teaching Responsibilities

I am currently the Unit Co-ordinator of: The Psychology of Everyday Life, BSc (Hons) Psychology; and Self and Subjectivity, BSc (Hons) Psychology.


The self-management of mental health: This includes exploring techniques which may be effective in aiding the self-management of mental health (for example, mindfulness, compassion, self-distancing, recalling positive memories, and altering time perception) as well as methods for delivering self-management techniques (for example, self-help books and mobile phone apps). 


Research profile

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