Dr Jon Sutton introduces the December 2021 issue.
Lauren McGregor questions whether neurodevelopmental labels overshadow a fuller picture based on formulation.
Hannah Sherbersky is a family therapist, Co-Director of the Systemic Portfolio and lecturer at the University of Exeter. Tony Wainwright heard about her work, and her father’s book on being an apartheid prisoner.
Our journalist Ella Rhodes uncovers uncanny thoughts and cognitive paradoxes…
Lucy Huskinson explores…
Emma Barratt on ways of working and areas of interest.
Kerenza MacLennan has worked for three and a half years as an Assistant Psychologist at Bradley Complex Care, a specialist hospital near Grimsby. She has recently enrolled on the BPS Qualification in Forensic Psychology (stage 2). Ian Florance heard about her journey so far, and what the future might hold.
Uncanny Bodies (Luna Press), edited by Pippa Goldschmidt, Gill Haddow and Fadhila Mazanderani, is an anthology of papers and stories by academics and writers. Dr Clare Uytman, psychology lecturer at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, contributed to the book, and spoke to Pippa and Gill about the uncanny in life as well as the uncanny in putting the book together.
Emma L. Barratt hears from researchers understanding our reactions to robotics.
Carmel Jacob-Thomson with a professional and personal reflection on the words used to talk to and about Care Experienced Children and Young People.
Do psychologists have a responsibility to help prevent ruthless, amoral people attaining positions of power? Steve Taylor considers the arguments.
Ian Bushnell, Programme Chair for the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology Congress which is set to take place in Glasgow in January, introduces a set of conversations with the keynotes…
Stuart Carr is Professor of Psychology at Massey University in New Zealand/Aotearoa. He will be delivering the opening keynote at EAWOP. Ingrid Covington asks the questions.
Ian Florance interviews Noreen Tehrani, a founder member of the Society’s Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section and Deputy Chair of the Division of Occupational Psychology.
Ans DeVos is Professor of Antwerp Management School at the University of Antwerp. Ingrid Covington asks the questions.
Alex Haslam is Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. He studies group and identity processes in organisations, societies and the clinical context. Ingrid Covington asks the questions.
Dr Gilad Chen is the Robert H. Smith Chair in Organizational Behavior at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Ingrid Covington asks the questions.
Educational Psychologist Fraser Lauchlan on his unusual journey.
Deputy editor Shaoni Bhattacharya talks to Professor Mari Fitzduff about psychology’s role in global peacebuilding, Trump and Brexit, and the crisis in Afghanistan.
Keith Oatley wonders whether Marcel Proust might stand alongside William James as a psychologist, and how fiction may be important for us.
Emma Young digests the research.
Freddy Jackson Brown, Paul Cooper, Emma Balfour and Mary Stanley-Duke.
Ian Florance meets Linda Kaye, Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Cyberpsychology Section.
Dr Jolel Miah recently completed his PhD and is currently a Lecturer of Psychology at the University of Sunderland and a member of the British Psychological Society's Division of Health Psychology’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. Here, he discusses his journey as a British Bangladeshi in the Psychology profession, with Associate Editor Chrissie Fitch.
Hope Samuel on Healthworker Talk, a podcast in which they talk with NHS workers; and producer David Ian Neville with some practical guidance.
Kyle Kelleher considers Adverse Childhood Experiences, and the need to discuss family trauma.
Ella Rhodes spoke to Mary Aiken, Professor of Forensic Cyberpsychology at University of East London, about her recent work with the UK government on protecting people from harm online, and the areas of cyberpsychology which need more attention from researchers and policymakers.
Annie Hickox balances the value of sharing our personal stories of mental illness with the risk of exposure.
'How to help someone with anxiety' by Rachel M. Allan is published by Welbeck Balance. Deputy editor Annie Brookman-Byrne asks the questions.
Dr Seonaid Anderson, Chartered Psychologist and freelance neurodiversity consultant, hears from Becky Simpson about being a therapist with Tourettes during Covid-19.
Vanessa Moore on whether it is helpful to be a clinical psychologist if you develop mental health problems.
Ashleigh Johnstone and Joshua Balsters on their moves to Gorilla, the online experiment builder.
Dr Nic Hooper on students and self-stories.
Thomas York, a bisexual psychology student at Bath Spa University, draws on research and cultural sources to understand biphobia and bisexual erasure.
We hear from Lead Psychologist Hugo Santos.
Ella Rhodes and Annie Brookman-Byrne talk to psychologists about its impact.
Luis Gómez-Ordóñez, Glenn Adams, Kopano Ratele, Shahnaaz Suffla, Garth Stevens and Geetha Reddy engage the decolonial project that Dr Deanne Bell outlined in these pages last year.
Ian Florance interviews Jovan Byford, a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University.
Intercultural Competence for College and University Students: A Global Guide for Employability and Social Change by Dr Caprice Lantz-Deaton and Professor Irina Golubeva is out now. Jon Sutton asked Caprice some questions about the book.
Tammi Walker, Alison Foster, Rabiya Majeed-Ariss and Miranda Horvath on a role for psychologists in improving processes and protection around rape cases.
Nina Higson-Sweeney, a psychology PhD student of mixed heritage, discusses her podcast series Black Future Dr with Associate Editor Chrissie Fitch.
Dr Ross Harper on his journey to CEO for Limbic, providing AI software for mental healthcare.
Lee Jones discusses Charles Bonnet Syndrome, and lockdowns, with Keith Valentine and Judith Potts.
Callum E. Cooper interviews Andreas Sommer (pictured) on the importance of historical awareness for psychology.
Our editor Jon Sutton hears from Suzanne O’Sullivan about her new book, The Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories of Mystery Illness (Pan Macmillan).
Clinical Neuropsychologist and new President of the British Psychological Society.
Emma Young digests the research…
Astrid Coxon meets Jonathan A. Smith, recipient of an Honorary Fellowship of the BPS, best known for his development of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
Chris Timms argues for a different view.
Lawrence Howells turns to health and emotion.
Jon Sutton introduces the July/August edition, with links to the themed content.
What should psychologists understand about austerity, and ways to broaden the role of psychologists in order to combat its effects? Insights from ‘Make My City Fair’ in Birmingham.
A chapter from Darren McGarvey’s book Poverty Safari
Duncan Gillard, Louise Hayes, Aoife McNally and Kate Willis on giving people skills to ‘reboot’ their lives.
Karina Webb reflects on the complexity of flourishing.
Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington with a socio-ecological perspective on decision-making in contexts of poverty.
Our editor Jon Sutton meets Professor Clifford Stott MBE.
Vivian Hill talks attainment gaps, education and resilience.
Experiences from the Psychologists for Social Change network.
Our editor Jon Sutton meets Professor Greta Defeyter, Director of Healthy Living, a research lab at Northumbria University.
For our latest Voices In Psychology competition, looking to identify and nurture new writing talent, we asked the question…
For our annual poetry competition we asked for entries related to the BPS policy theme, ‘From poverty to flourishing’. We present the winning poem followed by three runners up… plus a poem commissioned by the BPS from member and spoken word artist Sanah Ahsan.
Rhiannon Cobner, Jen Daffin and Sarah Brown with a psychosocial ecological approach to flourishing.
Emma Young digests research on money.
David Robson meets psychologists considering the importance of how poverty is framed.
Tom Loncar on credibility and challenges.
Louise Foster has a conversation with her mother about Multiple Sclerosis.
Richard Brown looks to lessons from the history of open science in order to move beyond ideals and technology.
An extract from The No-Nonsense Meditation Book: A Scientist’s Guide to the Power of Meditation, by Steven Laureys MD.
Professor Rory O’Connor is Director of the Suicidal Behaviour Research lab at the University of Glasgow, and President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (the first person from the UK in almost 50 years). Our editor Jon Sutton caught up with him.
Dr Elin Kelsey introduces some key arguments from her new book.
Ella Rhodes spoke to three psychologists working to understand and prevent suicide…
It seemed Myanmar was inching towards a more democratic regime, but since February the military junta has cracked down again on protestors. In this article Chris Mabey seeks to understand the situation and discern some signs of hope for this war-torn land.
Sophy Irwin works for NIACRO in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to reduce crime and its impact on people and communities. Here, she talks about a project called Get Real, which is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme and managed by the Special EU Programme Body. Get Real works with the six strands of hate crime that are recognised in Northern Ireland – racism, faith and religion, homophobia, transphobia, disability, and sectarianism.
Mark Fox has had a long and distinguished career as an educational psychologist. Ian Florance met him.
A collection of pieces from our May issue.
Sarah Dempsey on work as a Myeloma Information Specialist at Myeloma UK.
Ron Roberts and Theodor Itten.
Ian Florance hears about Assistant Psychologist roles and more from Liam Myles.
Ginny Smith picks out six chemicals from her new book Overloaded: How Every Aspect of your Life is Influenced by your Brain Chemicals (Bloomsbury Sigma).
Kate Fulton, working within Maggie’s, and Rachel Trimmer working within The Royal Marsden, both clinical psychologists, share their experiences of cross-sector working on cancer care.
Sahil Suleman is a consultant clinical psychologist and lead for Macmillan Cancer Psychological Support team at St George’s Hospital in London. Our editor Jon Sutton caught up with him from lockdown…
Nazanin Derakhshan is a Professor of Experimental Psychopathology at Birkbeck, University of London and founder of the Birkbeck Integrative Centre for Building Resilience in Breast Cancer. Delia Ciobotaru met her.
Nick Hammond and Nikki Palmer ask whether we are united by commonality, or divided by difference.
Emma Young digests the research.
Cordelia Galgut on living with the long-term effects of cancer.
Ian Florance talked to Amanda Gatherer, Chief Psychologist at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, who also works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with elite athletes.
‘We are family: What really matters for parents and children’ by Professor Susan Golombok is published by Scribe. Deputy Editor Annie Brookman-Byrne and PhD student Laura Cox asked Susan about the book.
Our journalist Ella Rhodes considers the cyclical nature of life, both the more literal and the metaphorical.
We dip into the Society member database and pick out Kristina Xavier, Clinical Psychologist & Integrative Nutrition Health Coach at Kristina Xavier Clinical Psychology & Coaching.
Lance Workman interviews Peter K. Smith about his research on play and bullying.
Daren Lee argues that for those who use alcohol to cope with distress, the landscape of mental health provision and its opaque exclusion criteria can be disorientating.
An early career researcher shares experiences in the neoliberal Higher Education institutional setting.
Robbie Duschinsky with part of an untold story.
David Livingstone Smith is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New England and is a campaigner for social equality, having spoken at a G20 summit about dehumanisation. David’s latest book On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It, published by Oxford University Press, is out now. Harriet Over, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of York, asked David about the book.
Ron Dodzro, who identifies as Black man, a Clinical Psychologist in Training and a lover of UK rap, looks to the genre to make sense of the hidden aspects of gang-affiliated violence.
Madeleine Pownall and Ian Florance with follow-up stories from the next generation.
Jake Hollis speaks to those detained at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in Scotland.
Steve Taylor seeks to make sense of time expansion experiences.
Georgia Dunning with her personal reflections on an undergraduate professional placement in a Clinical Neuropsychology Service.
Ian Florance interviews Lindsay Wilkinson, who works primarily in the area of personality disorders. Among other subjects, Lindsay discusses her transition from the NHS to private practice and her route into psychology.
Dr Camilla Rosan and Patrick Myers both support parents in reducing conflict and improving outcomes for children. Here they interview each other on the context of their work, their aims for the future, and the challenges in reducing inter-parental conflict.
Psychologist Hugo Spiers introduces chats with five authors of popular books on the topic of finding and losing your way…
Dr Rob Webster on working with schools to maximise the impact of teaching assistants on outcomes in children with special educational needs. As told to Annie Brookman-Byrne.
Jackson Musker on six mental health podcasts for psychologists (and anyone, really).
Dr Nick Little, Clinical Psychologist, on a year of national tragedy, played out in small, personal vignettes.
Catherine Dooley and Hannah Farndon introduce new advice on best practice in Psychology recruitment.
Eloise experiments with mindfulness to find her authentic, autistic self.
We dip into the Society member database and pick out Dr Cerith Waters, Clinical Lead Psychologist for Perinatal Mental Health Services in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University.
Veronica O’Keane, Professor of Psychiatry and practising Consultant Psychiatrist at Trinity College Dublin, has her first trade book out now with Allen Lane: ‘The Rag and Bone Shop: How We Make Memories and Memories Make us’. Our editor Jon Sutton fired her some questions.
Lucie Clements wonders why there aren’t more applied psychologists working with dancers.
Madeleine Pownall and Ian Florance introduce stories from the next generation.
The winning answers to our latest question for our Voices In Psychology programme, identifying and nurturing new writing talent…
We hear from psychologists finding themselves in the firing line on Covid information and response.
Frances L. Vaughan on writing with stroke survivor Jody Mardula.
The winners and runners up in our latest 'Voices In Psychology' programme.
Emma Young digests the research.
Ian Florance interviews Rachel Tribe, an occupational and counselling psychologist who is, among other roles, Professor of Applied Psychology at the University of East London.
Lorna Selfe on a career spent swimming against the tide of segregation.
Daniel Yon offers concrete suggestions for supporting and valuing early career researchers in psychology.
Fiona Zandt on creative ways to help children and families understand anxiety.
The Executive Board of the British Rorschach Society – Kari Carstairs, Justine McCarthy Woods, Marc Desautels and Kevin Lambe – trace the history of the often controversial test in this country, and provide an outline of its use today.
Ella Rhodes, Jon Sutton and Annie Brookman-Byrne report from the British Psychological Society’s Careers in Psychology online event.
Anna Sutton on promoting Authenticity to enhance Well-being and Engagement at work.
Fears of child sexual abuse are on the rise in the digital era, with the internet providing a perfect playground for predators. But could technology also be the solution? Talia Gilbey writes.
Asude Ucal revisits the Darüsiffas.
Dr Annie Brookman-Byrne introduces the January issue.
Emma Young digests the latest research on working from home during Covid-19.
Alina Salmen and Kristof Dhont on the gendered nature of meat consumption and veganism.
When Ian Florance asked him for an interview, Lawrence Moulin gave two reasons for agreeing: he wanted to talk about ‘how psychology can be applied in interesting places such as the Department of Health’; and to tell undergraduates who are, like him, from less ‘prestigious’ backgrounds, that they too can have a place in the profession.
Richard Carmichael works on behaviour change, public engagement and policy for Net Zero. He tells us how food policy can help us reach climate goals.
Ella Rhodes on a new British Psychological Society report on supporting children and families.
Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart on how society ‘helps’ us to rationalise the exploitation of other animals, giving us a ‘licence to harm’.
Charlotte De Backer with a history of meat consumption, and how a simple choice to eat or not eat meat can complicate our social lives
Jared Piazza on psychological barriers to becoming and staying vegan.
Barbara A. Wilson on Oliver Zangwill.
Matthew Ruby and Tani Khara on the power and status of plant-based diets in different cultural contexts.
An extract from ‘Why We Love and Exploit Animals: Bridging Insights from Academia and Advocacy’ edited by Kirstof Dhont and Gordon Hodson, published by Routledge. This chapter was written by Tobias Leenaert.
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ISSN: 0952-8229 (Print), 2398-1529 (online)
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Personal space - Derek Milne.
Matthew Coxon with the third in our series for budding writers