New award in sexual health psychology

Dr Alison Jones from St Ann’s Sexual Health Centre, St Ann’s Hospital, Haringey, has won the inaugural Oliver Davidson Award.

This award will made each year by the Faculty of HIV & Sexual Health of the Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology to a recently qualified clinical psychologists for the advancement of research and clinical services in the field of HIV and sexual health.

Dr Jones won the 2011 award for a research project exploring the views of women who have experienced female genital mutilation (FGM) on how clinical psychologists can provide appropriate services for them. It also explored the experiences, knowledge and training needs of clinical psychologists in relation to FGM.

She will be awarded her prize with a certificate and cheque for £200 at the Faculty’s conference  Beyond the Therapy Room: HIV, psychology and community approaches on Friday 2 December in London.

Dr Jones will also be presenting her research at the Division of Clinical Psychology's Annual Conference in Birmingham, which is being held on 1 and 2 December.

The award is named in honour of the late Oliver Davidson, a former chair of the Faculty and head of HIV and sexual health psychology services at Camden NHS Primary Care Trust.