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Committee Members (2015/16)

Officers:

Chair:

Sally Zlotowitz

Sally is a Clinical and Community Psychologist and Acting Clinical Director at the charity MAC-UK, which aims to transform mental health services for excluded young people. The Integrate model developed at MAC-UK uses ideas from community psychology to address social and health inequalities by co-producing services with excluded young people. Sally regularly teaches and consults about Community Psychology and co-ordinates the London Community Psychology Network, which has grown to be the largest community psychology regional group in Europe.
Sally helped to organise the first ever Community Psychology Festival in the UK in London in 2014, which aimed to be an inclusive and accessible alternative to a conference. In a personal capacity, Sally is co-founder of Psychologists Against Austerity, a social action collective that campaigns around social policies shown empirically to be toxic to the nation's mental health. Sally is an active social and environmental justice activist and passionate about mobilising psychology for the benefit of the oppressed and excluded in society.

 

Past Chair:

Glenn Williams

Glenn Williams is a community psychologist and has worked on projects that aspire to a community psychology ethos. In his work, Glenn is committed to working towards: addressing inequalities in health and well-being; fostering inclusivity and challenging marginalisation; adopting a facilitative approach to individual and social change; and empowering people to make healthier choices for their lives.  Glenn has expertise in the psychology of well-being and mental health and has been involved with health and care research for over 20 years.

He has over 100 outputs in the form of books, book chapters, journal articles, reports, and papers and posters presented at international and national research-focused and practice-based conferences. He currently works at Leeds Beckett University in the School of Health and Community Studies, Faculty of Health and Social Science, and is involved with the education and training of those aiming to be counsellors and/or working in other roles within the mental health field.  He is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society (BPS), the current Chair (15-16) of the BPS’ Community Psychology Section, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, International Affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA), and member of the Society for Community Research and Action (Division 27 of the APA).  

Glenn has conducted research in two key areas: (1) community psychology (e.g. community arts initiatives and mental health; addressing inequalities in health and well-being; poverty and well-being; stigma & discrimination) and (2) the psychology of health and well-being (e.g. positive psychological experiences, including flow and happiness;  health professional education; health care delivery and decision-making; personality and mental health; addiction; spirituality and well-being; stress while commuting).  

When attending the BPS Annual Conference in 2010, Glenn was inspired by listening to the experiences of Jacqui Akhurst, Jan Bostock, Annie Mitchell, and Jim Orford at their workshop on Community Psychology.  At the same conference, Glenn was pretty much bitten by the community psychology ‘bug’ after listening to Carolyn Kagan and her team’s work at another symposium.  As a result of being at that conference, Glenn was pretty much smitten with community psychology and the impacts it can have on people’s lives!  Since the Community Psychology Section was founded later on in the same year of 2010, Glenn has been a member of the Section and its Committee. He has enjoyed raising awareness about community psychology at ‘Psychology 4 Students’ events by manning at a stall to promote community psychology to A level students and their tutors; he has been involved with staging workshops at events held for the Division of Counselling Psychology and the Pre-Qualifying Group of the Division of Clinical Psychology, to name but a few.  

He has also been proud to see the Section’s support of an expanding Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme within the BPS that has seen more representation of community psychology principles and practices over recent years.  Glenn invites you to collaborate with Section members, and with those outside of the Section as well, to address issues of social justice, to target societal inequalities, and to give voice to those whose voices are rarely heard.  He hopes that, by working together and by supporting activist groups such as ‘Psychologists Against Austerity’, and other similar initiatives, we should be able to create a fairer and healthier society for all.

Chair Elect:

Vacant

Honorary Secretary:

Michael Richards

Michael is a Critical Community Psychologist, with varied research interests, including community arts, learning difficulties, health promotion, visual methods, sex and sexuality, masculinity and identity. Michael’s work over the years has involved working collaboratively with marginalised groups in deprived areas, using visual and qualitative methods. Michael has worked across central Manchester, Stockport and Nottingham, working with marginalised teenagers and adults with mental health issues and learning difficulties in a range of contexts and organisations.
Some of these contexts have included local community projects at the heart of the community as well as pubs, museums and a radio station. In 2013, Michael was awarded a BPS public engagement grant with Professor Rebecca Lawthom, to produce 8 radio shows with a local community radio station that discussed psychology with academics, students and adults with learning difficulties. This was a project that demonstrated that people with learning difficulties have the skills, experiences and knowledge that can add value to the way people think and feel about the world.
Following Michael’s Master’s degree in Community Psychology, Michael’s PhD considered the relationship between Disability Studies and Critical Community Psychology, and argued that it can provide an interdisciplinary and practical understanding of the causes of oppression, which can be a guide to take action and make a difference. Using autoethnographic and participatory approaches, Michael uncovered the ways in which men with learning difficulties demonstrated understanding of health promotion using visual methods such as art, drama, poetry, sculpture and photography. The work that emerged from the workshops was displayed in an exhibition for six months at a local museum. 

Michael is a Lecturer in Applied Health and Social Care, and works across health and social care programmes at Edge Hill University, applying participatory approaches to his teaching. Michael continues to develop new research relating to his research interests in the community, and is currently working with Everton FC and men with mental health issues in a local community sports project. Michael is a keen poet and has recently published a couple of collections.

 

Treasurer

Jonathan Buhagiar (co-opted)

 

Ordinary Members:

Carolyn Kagan

I am Emerita Professor of Community Social Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. I am a qualified social worker and registered counselling psychologist. I have worked in community psychology for nearly 40 years, researching and teaching undergraduate and the first Masters students in the UK, and supervising PhD students. My research has all been in collaboration with community partners and has taken me to different parts of the world.

For a 10 year period I worked half time in the field, facilitating change and transformation of human services alongside the closureof long stay hospitals for those with the label learning difficulties. The projects in which I have beeninvolved have informed practice and policy in arenas as varied as community policing, childcare, health and social care, advocacy, intellectual disability, urban regeneration and modern slavery. My community psychology teaching has been via action learning with community projects.

Our team atMMU produced the textbook, Critical Community Psychology in 2011, which has been widely adopted by colleagues in a number of countries. My approach to community psychology has been influenced by and embodies  Marxism, feminism, Latin American writing, including Liberation Psychology, critical systems thinking, and critical pedagogy. I a currently involved with a number of community based organisations concerned with positive ageing, ethnic minority and cultural fairness, heritage and local participation, and am beginning some work on engagement with action on climate change.

Dimitra  Filippou

Dimitra Filippou is a 2016 Clore Social Fellow specialising in the wellbeing of older people.  Prior to that she was the Operations Director at Age UK Islington where she worked on the integration of social care and health services with community services and developed innovative approaches to well-being.
Dimitra is a board member of the Trade Justice Movement, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerceand and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
From 2010 to 2014 she worked for Victim Support across different local and national roles supporting victims and witnesses of crime. In her last role with Victim Support she acted as the Deputy London Services Manager for the regional victim care unit and national support line.
She has also been a Trustee of Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau, served as a volunteer with Victim Support and has conducted psychological research in universities across the UK.
Dimitra holds a Masters in Psychology from St Andrews University and a Masters in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School. She is an accredited CEDR Mediator and Prince2 Practitioner.

Miltos Hadjiosif

Miltos is a Chartered Psychologist and an HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at UWE, Bristol, where he teaches on the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. He has been trained in humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), dialectical-behavioural (DBT), and multi-systemic (MST) models of therapy and has volunteered for various third sector organisations.
Miltos turned to community psychology post-qualification in order to meet and work with people who strive to understand mental health in its sociopolitical context. He joined the Committee whilst helping to organise the First Ever Community Psychology Festival (London, 2014) and is keen to recruit psychologists and non-psychologists into the Section. 

Rebecca Lawthom

Rob Davies

 

Appointed members:

Carl Walker

Dr Carl Walker is the course leader for the MA Community Psychology at the University of Brighton. He founded the course in 2011. Carl sits on the British Psychological Society national Community Psychology section committee and is chair of the European Community Psychology Association group on austerity and mental health. He is a co-author of ‘Community psychology and the socio-economics of mental distress’. Carl gained his PhD in Health Psychology at London Metropolitan University. Previously he graduated in Biology from Royal Holloway College, University of London in 1996 before going on to complete a Post-graduate Diploma in Psychology. Carl was a senior research fellow in the Department of Mental Health Sciences, UCL, before coming to the University of Brighton. Carl's current interest are in exploring the structural and economic elements that relate to concepts of mental distress and the of use community initiatives to work toward addressing mental health needs. His current interests include
 
Exploring informal therapeutic spaces for mental distress

Using participatory video and visual methods to explore informal therapeutic spaces
Multiagency work on building community and voluntary sector capacity regarding data and evaluation practice
Co-developing and using a citizen's health survey to address a potential deficit in public accountability regarding NHS privatisation and cuts
Global personal debt industries and suffering

In his spare time he tours a stand-up comedy show as a fundraiser against NHS privatisation and cycles his bike increasingly slowly over the South Downs.

 

Meera Desai

Sinead Peacock-Brennan

Representatives of other networks:

Julia Robinson (DCoP)

Liam Knox (PsyPAG)

Nicole Howard (DCP Pre-Qualification Group representative)

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