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Professor Richard Hammersley

Professor of Health Psychology

Summary

Richard Hammersley became a psychologist because he was fascinated by animal behaviour as a child and because his headmaster advised him to become a lawyer or a doctor instead. He remains fascinated, or perhaps perplexed, by human behaviour and nowadays he studies the psychology of drug and alcohol use and addiction, and the psychology of human feeding behaviour. He did his undergraduate degree at Edinburgh and his PhD in memory at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge (now the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit). Since then he has worked at UCSD, Lethbridge, all three universities in Glasgow, Sheffield, Swansea, Essex and Hull.

Journal Article

Aspartame sensitivity" : a double blind randomised crossover study

Sathyapalan, T., Thatcher, N. J., Hammersley, R., Rigby, A. S., Pechlivanis, A., Gooderham, N. J., …Courts, F. (2015). Aspartame sensitivity? : a double blind randomised crossover study. PloS one, 10(3), e0116212. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0116212

Trauma in the childhood stories of people who have injected drugs

Hammersley, R., Dalgarno, P., McCollum, S., Reid, M., Strike, Y., Smith, A., …Liddell, D. (2016). Trauma in the childhood stories of people who have injected drugs. Addiction research & theory, 24(2), 135-151. https://doi.org/10.3109/16066359.2015.1093120

Ranking the harm of non-medically used prescription opioids in the UK

van Amsterdam, J., Phillips, L., Henderson, G., Bell, J., Bowden-Jones, O., Hammersley, R., …Nutt, D. (2015). Ranking the harm of non-medically used prescription opioids in the UK. Regulatory toxicology and pharmacology : RTP, 73(3), 999-1004. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yrtph.2015.09.014

Food choice by people with intellectual disabilities at day centres: A qualitative study

Cartwright, L., Reid, M., Hammersley, R., Blackburn, C., & Glover, L. (2015). Food choice by people with intellectual disabilities at day centres: A qualitative study. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 19(2), 103-115. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744629514563423

Barriers to increasing the physical activity of people with intellectual disabilities

Cartwright, L., Reid, M., Hammersley, R., & Walley, R. M. (2017). Barriers to increasing the physical activity of people with intellectual disabilities. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 45(1), 47-55. https://doi.org/10.1111/bld.12175

Postgraduate supervision

Prof Hammersley supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. He will consider supervising dissertations on addiction, ingestion, or on health psychology more widely.