Tributes to Professor Malcolm Adams
All those connected with the Society were shocked and saddened to learn of the recent death of Professor Malcolm Adams, Co-Director of the Clinical Psychology Programme at the University of East Anglia.
Malcolm made an immense contribution to the development of professional psychology over the 40 years of his career in clinical psychology, and was a Fellow of the BPS. His contributions to the Society included being deputy chair of the Membership and Qualifications Board in the 1980s and a member of the Professional Affairs Board in 1990s. Since 2000, he served as Chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology, Chair of the Board of Examiners in Clinical Psychology, and from 2002-7, Chair of the BPS National Occupational Standards in Psychology Steering Committee.
Malcolm also served as advisor to the Chief Medical Officer for several years and was a member of the HPC Professional Liaison Group which established the Standards of Proficiency in Psychology. He co-authored, with Professor Susan Llewelyn, the QAA subject benchmark statement for Clinical Psychology. Malcolm had only recently stood down as Chair of the Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology and continued to be actively involved in representing the Society.
Malcolm was due to retire from his role at UEA in 2013. He worked at UEA from 1994 and made an enormous contribution to higher education. Malcolm supervised over 70 doctoral theses, and held many senior positions at UEA, including Dean and Co-Director of the School of Health Policy and Practice, and Director of Learning and Teaching within Norwich Medical School.
David Murphy, Chair of the Professional Practice Board, said: “All of us who knew Malcolm personally will miss his kindness, patience and wisdom and every practitioner psychologist in the UK has benefitted from Malcolm’s tireless dedication over many years to the development of the profession. Our thoughts are with his family and his colleagues as they cope with his unexpected passing.”
Malcolm’s family invite people to make donations (via JustGiving pages) to Mencap or Amnesty International in memory of Malcolm.
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