Dr Claire Hart completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Southampton in 2005. She then spent 4 years working as a research fellow, also at the University of Southampton. In April 2009 she became a lecturer at Southampton Solent University until September 2010, and returned to the University of Southampton as a lecturer in October 2010.

Claire’s research largely focuses on self and identity. The self is an important point of contact between theories of social behaviour and personality. For example, according to self-categorization theory, the self can be defined at different levels; in terms of an individual self (as a unique individual) and a collective self (the self as a group member), and her research focuses on these levels of self-categorization.

In particular, her research investigates group processes, procedural fairness, narcissism, and modesty, but ultimately can be divided into two general categories. Her first line of research investigates the trade-off between the collective self and the individual self and its effects on group stability. Her second line of research focuses on maintaining a positive self concept.

She is also a co-pioneer and co-ordinator of the Voluntary Research Assistant Scheme.


Graduate Destinations for Psychology:

Although some psychology graduates become professional psychologists, many others go on work in related fields.

A degree in psychology provides a useful foundation for a wide range of careers and employers.

Employers and Roles include:

  • Research/ Academic
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Further education teacher
  • Health psychologist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Primary care graduate mental health worker
  • Sport and exercise psychologist
  • Advertising account planner
  • Advice worker
  • Careers adviser
  • Counsellor
  • Human resources officer
  • Market researcher
  • Psychotherapist

Employment Stats:

  • Employed (63.8%)
  • Further study (15.7%)
  • Working and studying (8.4%)
  • Unemployed (6.2%)
  • Other (5.9%)