Founded in 2017, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Psychology is a cross-party group of members of parliament from both the commons and the lords.
All Party Parliamentary Group for Psychology
Its focus is on raising awareness amongst parliamentarians and policymakers of the importance and relevance of psychology, combining research and best practice briefings to ensure that MPs have access to a psychological, evidence-based approach to policy development.
To do this the APPG for Psychology calls on the experience and expertise of both psychologists and experts by experience to bring psychology to the heart of Westminster and to ensure that the psychological evidence base is integral to policy development.
The APPG for Psychology provides a valuable opportunity for parliamentarians to engage with individuals and organisations outside parliament with whom they share an interest not just in psychology as a discipline but also in the fundamental contributions that it can make towards tackling key societal issues.
The British Psychological Society (BPS) provides the Secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Psychology
The BPS is the learned and professional body for psychologists in the United Kingdom. The Society is a registered charity and has over 50,000 members.
Under its Royal Charter, the objective of the BPS is "to promote the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of psychology pure and applied and especially to promote the efficiency and usefulness of members by setting up a high standard of professional education and knowledge".
As such the Society is committed to providing evidence, expertise and advice, and promoting the highest standards in learning and teaching, professional practice and research.
The role of Secretariat is provided by Dr Lisa Morrison Coulthard, our Lead Policy Advisor and current Acting Director of Policy, with support from our Policy Administrator Carl Bourton, and they can be contacted via email at:
The APPG makes use of input and contributions from numerous sources in order to inform its actions and recommendations, including:
- our members – individually and collectively through the Member Networks
- various professional organisations, charities and other third sector groups
- other All Party Parliamentary Groups
- key individuals with relevant expertise
- ongoing research projects
The APPG is particularly keen to collaborate with other APPGs focused on areas of mutual concern.
Inaugural meeting July 2017
This meeting saw the election of the Officers of the APPG and overview by the Chair Lisa Cameron MP who emphasised the role of the APPG and the importance of a psychological evidence base. A presentation by Dr Leanne Gregory on the Psychology of Violent Extremism was then received followed by Q&A session.
Second Meeting – November 2017
This meeting focused on “Healthy Workplaces” and promoted the launch of Psychology at Work, a significant report from the BPS which brings together evidence from across the discipline to demonstrate how policy makers can better tackle the interconnected challenges on work, health and disability.
Third Meeting - March 2018
This meeting will focus on Children and Young People's Mental Health, and feature a panel chaired by an APPG Chair, along with a BPS speaker and follow-up Q&A, as well as the production and dissemination of a one-page policy briefing on the APPG's key asks.
Fourth Meeting - May 2018
This meeting will focus on Internet Trolling and raising the awareness of key policy asks regarding this issue.
Fifth Meeting - July 2018
The focus of this meeting will be on Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System and will also feature our Annual General Meeting, where we will elect future officers.
For further information on the APPG Meeting Plan for 2018, please click here.