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The Society’s new President in discussion with the Chief Executive. How do their roles work together, and where do they see the Society going?

Carol A. Ireland looks beyond the TV and media portrayals at a difficult but rewarding career

Jon Sutton talks to Tanya Byron about her TV work, disseminating psychology on a mass scale.

Dr Tanya Byron qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1992. She has worked in HIV and drug dependency, and more recently in a consultant post in an adolescent unit. She now combines one day a...

Jon Sutton interviews Professor Susan Greenfield.

You once said ‘I studied classics at school, psychology as an undergraduate, and only switched to science as a postdoc’ [see tinyurl.com/9pum2]. A slip of the tongue, or is psychology an art?...

Louise T. Higgins (University College Chester) interviews Professor Zheng Richang (Beijing Normal University).

Rowan Bayne (University of East London) hears of an extraordinary life in psychology.

Professor Grygier’s life has been an amazing journey – a journey that has taken him through Poland, Russia, Iran, England, France, Germany, USA and China, and finally to Canada, where, at the age...

Tom Stafford (University of Sheffield) meets renowned neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran.

In person, Professor Vilayanur Ramachandran has the same energy and charisma that made his 2003 Reith Lectures so popular. Originally trained as a doctor, he came to neuroscience via neurology....

Cedric E. Ginestet talked to Professor Hein de Vries of the Maastricht Health Research Institute for Prevention and Care about international collaboration on smoking prevention.

Julian Boon’s work with the police has been the subject of a Channel 4 series. Jon Sutton met him to discuss his approach to offender profiling.

How accurately do you think you and your profiling techniques were portrayed in The Real Cracker – was that ‘The Real Boon’? The ‘Boon personality’ was deliberately de-emphasised, mostly because...

Jon Sutton met Tim Radford, Science Editor for The Guardian.

What do you find newsworthy about psychology? Psychology and journalism are natural bedfellows, because psychologists seem to need publicity in a way that solid-state physicists don’t. We are the...

Jean Nicol-Maveyraud on the research of Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, in this 2003 piece.

Philip Zimbardo

I WAS pleased to be invited to contribute a ‘tiny essay’ to the ‘Students’ page because I still think of myself as a psychology student – even though I am nearing retirement from my beloved...

Kofi Anie describes how psychological interventions are integrated in a multidisciplinary approach to two serious blood disorders.

IS there such a thing as a ‘typical’ day in my job? I hadn’t thought about it until now – I wonder how you would describe your own.
I am a practitioner with a clinical health psychology role...

Jim McCourt meets Professor Peter Warr.

Peter Warr is a research professor in the Institute of Work Psychology at the University of Sheffield, a centre focusing on effectiveness and well-being in work situations. He is the only person...

Jim McCourt interviews Dominic Upton, Chair of the BPS Branches Forum.

Graham Powell (Chair of the Psychologist Policy Committee) met Barry Brooking to discuss his role as the Society’s first Chief Executive.

Was there a scary monster under your bed? Did you have an imaginary friend when you were growing up? Angus Smyth spoke to Alison Bourchier about children’s understanding of pretence and reality.

‘As a child I had an imaginary friend,’ Alison told me, ‘and I remember being completely terrified of the scary monsters I imagined were hiding beneath my bed.’ Common occurrences for many...

Natalie Cook (now a third-year on the Oxford Clinical Doctoral Course) looks back at the start of her training.

27 September One day to go. Am beginning to wish I was on a course which organises for first-years to meet, or tells you a bit about them, or at least gives you their names.
What if everyone...

John Sheppard interviews Tommy MacKay, the Society’s new President, on his life, the year ahead and the joys of (slight) eccentricity.

THE Society had to change, but now it needs a period of stability,’ says the incoming President, Tommy MacKay. ‘It could not expect to stay as it was, with all the world evolving around it. The...

Sue Cavill talked to Saths Cooper, former President of the
Psychological Society of South Africa, about changes in how
psychologists are organising.

Dr Saths Cooper spent most of the 1970s in prison. In the 1990s, he has been President of the Psychological Society of South Africa, and holds many other influential positions in psychology and...

Tommy MacKay recorded what may have been the last
interview with Boris Semeonoff; on the first anniversary of his death, we publish part of that interview here.

ONE Saturday in February 1998, I sat on the early Glasgow to London flight. As breakfast arrived, the person next to me began some light conversation. ‘Where are you off to?’ she asked. ‘I’m going...

John Sheppard interviews Bob Burden, Professor of Applied Educational Psychology at Exeter University.

ARE prophets honoured in their own countries? Undoubtedly they can be, but it is only when abroad that one truly appreciates the wider perspective.
I felt this particularly in Melbourne in...

Louise Acker on her experiences of the Society’s Undergraduate Research Assistantship scheme
Clinical Studies Officers (CSOs) working within Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust for the Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) describe one route to acquiring valuable research skills