Dr Kevin Hochard


Kevin teaches across a range of undergraduate modules; in particular, Research Methods across all levels of the undergraduate degree. Kevin also lectures on the Level 4 ‘Secrets of the Brain’ module (PS4018), and the Level 6 ‘Clinical and Counselling Psychology’ (PS6028) module. He is particularly interested in Suicidal behaviours (e.g. self-harm), Sleep disorders (e.g. insomnia, nightmares), Emotion Regulation and Maladaptive Coping Strategies (e.g. avoidant coping). His research focuses on how sleep troubles can increase your risk for engaging in suicidal behaviours.


Kevin obtained his BSc (hons) in Psychology from the University of Stirling in 2008. He subsequently completed an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Stirling in 2009. He completed his PhD on ‘The Psychological Mechanism Linking Nightmares to Increased Self-Harm Risk’ at the University of Nottingham in 2014.


Kevin has been involved in a wide range of research studies focusing on health and clinical psychology topics using a variety of methodologies. For instance, he has performed research on sleep disorders and its links to self-harm using prospective diaries, psychophysiological measurements, behavioural testing and psychometrics. He has also performed research on individual differences and personality factors linked to impulsivity, decision making, and pro-social behaviours in both adults and children.

Email: k.hochard@chester.ac.uk

Phone: 01244 513100


Kevin teaches on the undergraduate modules Psychological Research Methods and Skills (PS4005), Altered States of Consciousness (PS4018), Psychological Therapies (PS5013), Becoming a Psychological Researcher (PS5015), Understanding the Mind (PS5017), and Clinical and Counselling Psychology (PS6028). He also teaches on the postgraduate Researching Thought and Behaviour (PS7301). In addition to this, Kevin supervises students at postgraduate level. 


Kevin’s research examines the effects of poor sleep and sleep disorders on suicidality. He is interested in the processes through which sleep can regulate mood and the impact of this regulation or lack thereof on waking life. This is a relatively new area of studies in suicidology with increasing recognition of the importance of healthy sleep. Consequently, Kevin hopes to understand the mechanism through which poor sleep impacts on self-harm behaviours in order to inform interventions and prevention efforts. Kevin primarily uses quantitative research methods but is also interested in content and thematic analysis. 

Published work

Hulbert-Williams, L., Hulbert-Williams, N. J., Nicholls, W., Williamson, S., Poonia, J., & Hochard, K. D. (2017). Ultra-brief non-expert-delivered defusion and acceptance exercises for food cravings: A partial replication study. Journal of Health Psychology. http://doi.org/10.1177/1359105317695424

Hochard, K. D., Heym, N. & Townsend, E. (2016). Investigating the interaction between sleep symptoms of arousal and acquired capability in predicting suicidality. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior. DOI: 10.1111/sltb.12285

Hulbert-Williams, L., Hochard, K. D., Hulbert-Williams, N. J., Archer, R., Nicholls, W., & Wilson, K.  (2016). Contextual behavioural coaching: A scientifically coherent model for supporting behaviour change. International Journal of Coaching Psychology, 11 (2), 30-42.

Hochard, K. D., Heym, N. & Townsend, E. (2016) The behavioral effects of frequent nightmares on objective stress tolerance. Dreaming, 26 (1), 42-49. DOI: 10.1037/drm0000013

Hochard, K. D., Heym, N. & Townsend, E. (2015) The unidirectional relationship of nightmares on self-harmful thoughts and behaviors. Dreaming, 25 (1), 44-58. DOI: 10.1037/a0038617