Belinda Hornby

Dr. Belinda (Bradley) Hornby

Psychobiology Lecturer

School of Psychology

Darwin Building DB219

+44 (0) 1772 89 3737

Subject Areas: Biological Psychology, Neuroscience, and Health Psychology

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Belinda Hornby completed a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry at Newcastle University, a Conversion course Graduate Diploma in Psychology and PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire. She is currently a Psychobiology Lecturer within the School of Psychology.

Belinda is research active within the area of Psychology and is a member of the Centre for Brain and Behaviour Research; Centre for Drug Design and Development and the Quality of Life Research Group.


BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry Newcastle University (1986)

Graduate Diploma (Conversion) Psychology (2011)

PhD Psychology: The effects of Essential oils in animal and human models of anxiety (2009)


Chhetri, S.K., Bradley, B.F., Majeed, T., Lea, R.W. (2016). Enteral feeding in motor neurone disease: Patients’ perspectives and impact on quality of life. Palliative Medicine: First published Nov 24, 2016 DOI:10.1177/0269216316679928

Chhetri, S.K., Bradley, B.F., Majeed, T., Lea, R.W. (2016). Motor neurone disease in Lancashire and South Cumbria in North West England and an 8 year experience with enteral nutrition. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 24, 47-51…

Chhetri, S.K., Bradley, B.F., Callagher, P., Addison-Jones, R., Bennett, W., Gardham, J., Parkes, A., Lea, R.W., Majeed,T. (2015). Choosing the place of death: Empowering Motor Neurone Disease/Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis patients in end-of-life care decision-making. Palliative Medicine, 29, 7.

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Attended: The Measuring Behaviour Conference in Manchester June 2018; the Psychophysiological Society for Research Conference in Quebec in October 2018; The Psychobiology Section Meeting at Low Wood Windermere September 2018 & 2019.


Belinda's research interests include stress and anxiety, end of life care and carer burden. Research is currently centered around new and novel pharmacological treatments for anxiety including medicinal plant extracts, such as essential oils in paradigms designed to elicit anxiety. Measures include both psychological and physiological, with particular interest in effects on the autonomic nervous system.  Alongside this, work investigating carer support and end of life care in Motor Neuron Disease carers and their patients is on-going. 


Belinda is currently supervising a number of research students in both the areas listed above.

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Belinda teaches both undergraduate and post-graduate psychology and neuroscience students. She is module lead for Advanced Biological Psychology (PS4053) and Advanced Approaches to Understanding Behaviour (PS3080). She also teaches on:

  • PS1035 The Foundations of Neuroscience
  • PS1030 Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition
  • PS1685 Brain and Behaviour
  • PS2030 Cognitive and Physiological Psychology
  • PS2250 Neurocognitive Development and Disorders
  • PS2850 Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience
  • PS3020 Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques
  • PS3025 Brain Treatments and Behaviour
  • PS3080 Advanced Approaches to Understanding Behaviour
  • PS4030 Cognitive and Biological Psychology
  • PS4053 Advanced Biological Psychology

In addition, she supervises research student dissertations at an undergraduate level and a post graduate level in neuroscience, psychology, psychobiology, neuropsychology, clinical and health psychology. 


Chartered Scientist, Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

The British Neuroscience Association,

Federation of European Neuroscience Society,

The Society for Psychophysiological Research,

The European Behavioural Pharmacology Society,

The UK Society for Behavioural Medicine.