James Clay

PhD candidate


I am an ESRC funded PhD candidate based in the Department of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, UK and an Honorary Research Affiliate at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria, Canada. The focus of my PhD is to gain a better understanding of how situational factors (e.g., stress, boredom) and individual differences (e.g., poor inhibitory control) contribute to alcohol use. Prior to my PhD, I achieved a BSc with first-class honours in Human Physiology from the University of Portsmouth and two Master’s degrees at distinction level: MSc Social Research Methods from the University of Southampton and MRes Psychopharmacology from the University of Portsmouth. Aside from my interest in addiction, I am passionate about improving scientific practice and have been running the Portsmouth chapter of ReproducibiliTea, a journal club initiative that aims to promote transparency and rigor, since 2019.