Careers and professional development, Race, ethnicity and culture

Black and Asian Psychologists Fund

As the second round of applications opens for the Black and Asian Psychologists Fund, launched last year, we hear from an applicant who received funding in the first round about how it helped to further her psychological career.

23 February 2024

By BPS Communications

Krishna Talsania is a trainee health psychologist. She is doing her training at the University of West of England Bristol, while working at Central and North West London NHS Trust.

“I applied for and received funding to attend my first conference as a trainee health psychologist. The conference was in Paris and involved an overnight stay, so the grant was extremely helpful in contributing towards the costs.

“The conference was directly relevant to my thesis, which is exploring the lived experiences of adults with CMT, a genetic musculo-neural disorder.

“The conference was multidisciplinary and a fantastic opportunity for me to meet other professionals from Europe and around the world who are carrying out research on any and all aspects of CMT.

“Not only did I hear about what research is going on but also what gaps there are in the research that can be filled by health psychology. Being there allowed me to have conversations with other professionals in the field about how the research that is being conducted is going to shape the trajectory of interventions, as well as how health psychology fits into that.

 “Since attending the conference I have had interest from other researchers in the UK, as well as in Italy, about collaborating on research. This wouldn’t have happened had I not gone.

“I’m grateful for the help I received. These kinds of funds are important to help support the careers of psychologists in training.”