Dr Clara Humpston PhD, FHEA

Dr Clara Humpston

School of Psychology
Research Fellow

Dr Clara Humpston is a Research Fellow in Youth Mental Health Methodology at the Institute for Mental Health. Her research interests mainly focus on schizophrenia-spectrum psychoses, although she is also interested in novel therapies for affective disorders. Her research experiences span from psychopharmacology to cognitive neuropsychiatry to phenomenology, and is heavily involved with the International Consortium for Hallucination Research. She is a strong proponent of inter- and multidisciplinary approaches and values the importance of multiple lines of scientific inquiry in mental health research.


PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, Cardiff University (2017)

MSc in Psychiatric Research, King’s College London (2012)

BSc in Pharmacology, University of Bristol (2011)


With a background in both psychopharmacology and psychiatric research methods, Dr Clara Humpston completed her PhD on the cognitive neuropsychiatry of schizotypy and first episode psychosis in Professor David Linden’s lab from Cardiff University in 2017, focusing on predictive processing and source monitoring frameworks. She then began her first postdoctoral position at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London working on chronotherapeutics for the rapid treatment of depression, before taking up the post of Research Fellow at Birmingham.


Dr Clara Humpston taught statistical methods and held tutorial groups for psychology undergraduates every year during her PhD. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Postgraduate supervision

Please contact Dr Humpston directly if you are interested in postgraduate research.


  • Phenomenological psychopathology of psychotic symptoms
  • Cognitive neuropsychiatry of delusions and Hallucinations
  • Computational psychiatry
  • Belief formation
  • Psychopharmacology of antipsychotic medications
Novel therapies in mental health

Other activities

Dr Humpston is a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, and has acted as a peer reviewer for numerous scientific journals.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications:

  • Humpston, C., Harrow, M., and Rosen, C. (2020). Behind the opaque curtain: A 20-year longitudinal study of dissociative and first-rank symptoms in schizophrenia-spectrum psychoses, other psychoses and non-psychotic disorders. Schizophrenia Research, in press.
  • Humpston, C., Garrison, J., Orlov, N., Aleman, A., Jardri, R., Fernyhough, C. and Allen, P. (2020). Real-time Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Neurofeedback for the Relief of Distressing Auditory-Verbal Hallucinations: Methodological and Empirical Advances. Schizophrenia Bulletin https://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sbaa103.
  • Humpston, C.S., and Broome, M.R. (2020). Thinking, Believing, and Hallucinating Self in Schizophrenia. The Lancet Psychiatry, 7(7), 638-646.
  • Humpston, C., Benedetti, F., Serfaty, M., Markham, S., Hodsoll, J., Young, A.H., and Veale, D. (2020). Chronotherapy for the rapid treatment of depression: A meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 261, 91-102.
  • Humpston, C.S., Adams, R. A., Benrimoh, D., Broome, M. R., Corlett, P. R., Gerrans, P., Horga, G., Parr, T., Pienkos, E., Powers, A. R., Raballo, A., Rosen, C., and Linden, D. E. J. (2019). From computation to the first-person: Auditory-verbal hallucinations and delusions of thought interference in schizophrenia-spectrum psychoses. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 45, S56-S66.
  • Pienkos, E., Giersch, A., Hansen, M., Humpston, C., McCarthy-Jones, S., Mishara, A., Nelson, B., Park, S., Raballo, A., Sharma, R., Thomas, N., and Rosen, C. (2019). Hallucinations beyond voices: A conceptual review of the phenomenology of altered perception in psychosis. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 45, S67-S77.
  • Humpston, C.S. (2018). The paradoxical self: Awareness, solipsism and first-rank symptoms in schizophrenia. Philosophical Psychology31(2), 210-231.
  • Rosen, C., McCarthy-Jones, S., Chase, K. A., Humpston, C.S., Melbourne, J. K., Kling, L., & Sharma, R. P. (2018). The tangled roots of inner speech, voices and delusions. Psychiatry Research264, 281-289.
  • Humpston, C. S., Evans, L. H., Teufel, C., Ihssen, N., & Linden, D. E. (2017). Evidence of absence: no relationship between behaviourally measured prediction error response and schizotypy. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry22(5), 373-390.
  • Humpston, C.S., Linden, D. E. J. and Evans, L. H. (2017). Deficits in reality and internal source monitoring of actions are associated with the positive dimension of schizotypy. Psychiatry Research250, 44-49.
  • Humpston, C.S., Walsh, E., Oakley, D., Mehta, M., Bell, V. and Deeley, Q. (2016). The relationship between different types of dissociation and psychosis-like experiences in a non-clinical sample. Consciousness and Cognition, 41, 83-92.
  • Humpston, C.S. and Broome, M. R. (2016). The spectra of soundless voices and audible thoughts: Towards an integrative model of auditory verbal hallucinations and thought insertion. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 7(3), 611-629.
  • Johns, L., Kompus, K., Connell, M., Humpston, C., Lincoln, T., et al. (2014). Auditory verbal hallucinations in persons with and without a need for care. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40, S255-S264.
  • Woods, A., Jones, N., Bernini, M., Callard, F., Alderson-Day, B., Badcock, J. C., Bell, V., Cook, C., Csordas, T., Humpston, C., et al. (2014). Interdisciplinary approaches to the phenomenology of auditory verbal hallucinations. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40, S246-S254.
  • Humpston, C.S., Wood, C. M. and Robinson, E. S. J. (2013). Investigating the roles of different monoamine transmitters and impulse control using the 5-choice serial reaction time task. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 27(2), 213-221.


Commissioned Book Chapters:

  • Humpston, C. and Jackson, H. (Due 2019). Current conceptualisations of psychosis. In J. C. Badcock and G. Paulik-White (Eds.), A Clinical Introduction to Psychosis: Foundations for Clinical and Neuropsychologists. Elsevier, in press.
  • Humpston, C.S. (2018). Thoughts without thinkers: Agency, ownership and the paradox of thought insertion. In G. Stanghellini, M. Broome, A. Fernandez, P. Fusar-Poli, A. Raballo, and R. Rosfort (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Psychopathology. Oxford University Press.
  • Humpston, C.S. and Broome, M. R. (2016). Chapter 13: Perplexity. In G. Stanghellini and M. Aragona (Eds.), An Experiential Approach to Psychopathology: What is it like to Suffer from Mental Disorders? (pp. 245-264). Springer International Publishing.

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