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Professor Claire Haworth

Professor Claire Haworth

Professor Claire Haworth
BA(Oxon.), MSc(Kings College London), PhD(Kings College London), PGCAP

Professor of Behavioural Genetics

Area of research

Mental health; Wellbeing; Behavioural genetics; Social media

Office 5D8
The Priory Road Complex,
Priory Road, Clifton BS8 1TU
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+44 (0) 117 928 8563


Claire's work focuses on why people are different from one another. In particular Claire is interested in what factors influence our mental health and wellbeing across the life course. Claire uses a range of techniques to investigate individual differences, including genetically informative studies that tell us about the role of nature (genes) and nurture (environments) in creating these differences between us. For example, Claire has done work on how genetic and environmental influences may change across development, in different environmental contexts, and in response to interventions.

A key new direction in Claire's research is the use of information from social media platforms, and what benefits and challenges social media use has for mental health and wellbeing. As well as the importance of considering the ethical perspective of using digital technologies to understand, explore and promote mental health.


Claire studied Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, and then spent a year working as an assistant psychologist, specialising in traumatic brain injury in childhood. Funded by an MRC studentship, she completed an MSc and PhD in Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry, at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. Since her PhD she has been funded by two consecutive fellowships; an interdisciplinary fellowship from the MRC and ESRC, and a research fellowship from the British Academy. During her second fellowship, Claire moved to the University of Warwick to set up her research group. In April 2015, Claire joined the University of Bristol as Reader in Behavioural Genetics.

Claire was awarded the British Psychological Society's Spearman Medal in 2017, for outstanding published work in Psychology.


  • Mental health
  • Wellbeing
  • Behavioural genetics
  • Social media

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