Diversity and Inclusion
The BPS declares its commitment to promote equality, diversity and inclusion and to challenge prejudice and discrimination.
The BPS strives to be national and global champion for equality, equity, diversity, inclusion and human rights.
- Equality means treating people fairly (not necessarily the same), and not treating them unfairly because of reasons protected by discrimination law such as a person’s sex, gender identity, sexuality, age or race
- Equity an approach and a process that recognises the existence of systemic social inequalities and introduces actions to proactively reduce, if not remove, institutional structural and cultural barriers to equal opportunity and inclusion
- Diversity is about recognising and valuing the differences in the range of people in our workforce and membership, so that we can benefit from having a range of perspectives in decision-making
- Inclusion means everyone feels valued and that they belong without having to conform. It means that members and employees with different backgrounds, characteristics and ways of thinking feel psychologically safe and are encouraged to come up with different ideas and suggestions, to raise issues, and try new ways of doing things
- Human rights are basic rights and freedoms afforded to all people in the UK regardless of their nationality or social status. They are not privileges that can be taken away. They are founded on fundamental principles such as dignity, fairness, equality, respect and autonomy
- Intersectionality is when an individual’s race, gender, disability, sexual orientation and other characteristics or identities overlap or ‘intersect’ so that they can be affected by a number of discriminations and disadvantages
Science Council Declaration on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The British Psychological Society has signed up to the Science Council Declaration on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Our diverse membership and workforce are a source of strength in developing our services, and building a reputation for inclusivity, creativity and innovation in the delivery of EDI and Human Rights work.
It is our responsibility to protect, influence and uphold the values of human rights, equality, diversity and inclusion within the BPS.
We are fully committed to eliminating unlawful and unfair discrimination and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation of members, employees or contractors who work on behalf of BPS.
Everyone who works for and with BPS has an important part to play in achieving our ambitions and commitments in relation to EDI.
Our advisory groups are made up of members from across the domains with expertise in the relevant area and membership has a tenure of 3 years.
These groups are expected to continue long term and keep a watching brief over issues, proving advice to members and staff. They may also produce guidance or similar.
The EDI Board will take an intersectional approach to exploring equality, equity, diversity, inclusion and human rights, and will hold the society to account in fulfilling its duties and obligations..
This approach will include the following protected characteristics both inside and outside of current law:
- Race, Culture and Ethnicity
- Gender Identity
- Religion and Belief
- Sexual Orientation
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
- Disability, Neurodiversity, Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Social Mobility
- Human Rights
For more information please email the Diversity and Inclusion Team.
Dr Adam Jowett CPsychol AFBPsS is an Associate Head of the School of Psychological, Social & Behavioural Sciences at Coventry University. He has worked in higher education for over a decade including as a Course Director of a BPS accredited programme.
He has a track record of engaging in EDI activity within his university and has been actively involved in diversifying the curriculum, including through creating a module on gender and sexual diversity that takes an intersectional approach.
His research has focused largely on LGBT+ issues and he led research on conversion therapy commissioned by the UK Government Equalities Office. He is also on the Editorial Board of the journal Psychology & Sexuality.
Adam has served on the committees of BPS Member Networks for over a decade, including as Chair of the Sexualities Section, member of Research Board, member of Senate and as a trustee of the Society.
He's committed to championing equality, diversity and inclusion, challenging discrimination and bias and working as an ally for all who experience exclusion and inequity.
Professor Allán Laville is Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Reading.
A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, he is also a member of the Scientific Programme Advisory Group for the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, contributing to national CPD for psychological practitioners.
In 2019, Allán won the Reading University Student Union Award for Diverse and Inclusive Teaching Excellence and in 2020, he was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship.
Allán was a finalist in the British Psychological Society and Oxford University Press Higher Education Psychology Teacher of the Year competition for 2020 and 2022.
Dr Douglas Martin is an experimental social psychologist, in the School of Psychology, at the University of Aberdeen.
Much of his research examines gender stereotypes and the influence they exert on individual people and on society.
Douglas is committed to trying to improve equality and diversity in psychology, Higher Education, and society more generally.
He chaired the School of Psychology EDI committee from 2016-2021, leading the School to two successful Athena SWAN awards.
Douglas is passionate about disseminating psychology research beyond the traditional confines of academe, particularly evidence documenting the influence of social bias.
Eduard is an assistant psychologist within the Children Adolesences Mental Health, Learning Disabilities services and works primarily in a special needs school and within the community.
He is currently studying Children and Young People Mental Health: Psychological Approaches (Ms) at Edinburgh University and graduated from Abertay University where he studied Psychology and Counselling (Bs).
He is the current Chair of the LGBTQIA+ South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust - Staff Network and has a keen interest in sexual orientation and intersectionality.
Previously he was the Chair of the Student Committee.
Dr Gayle Brewer is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, with doctorates in both Psychology and Education.
Dr Brewer recently represented the National Association of Disabled Staff Networks at the House of Commons inquiry into Diversity in STEM, has coordinated the Equality Diversity, and Inclusion working group for the QAA Psychology Subject Benchmarking Statement Advisory Group, and published a book on disability in Higher Education.
Dr. Jan Smith joined Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) as a Lecturer in Psychology in October 2020. Jan is a Practitioner Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Chartered Health Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Jan’s qualifications include the following: PhD in Community Care (2013, University of Kent); Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Applications in Psychology (Newman University College, 2011); MSc in Research Methods in Psychology (2006; University College London); MSc in Health Psychology (2005; University of Westminster) and a BSc (Hons) Psychology with Clinical Psychology (University of Kent, 2003).
Jan completed her health psychology practitioner training with the National Health Service (NHS) Education for Scotland (NES) Stage 2 Health Psychology training programme alongside placement support from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Most recently, Jan completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in order to obtain status as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
As part of her ongoing commitment to professional development and her interests in enhancing her educational practice skills, Jan is currently specialising in leadership in Higher Education settings through her current Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership studies.
Jan has accumulated over 15 years of postgraduate psychology experience across the United Kingdom (UK). Previous experiences include the application of psychological practices within the NHS and UK universities, along with the third and private sectors.
Jan sits on several EDI Committees and Groups at GCU, including the EDI Champion for the Department of Psychology at GCU. Moreover, Jan supports the BPS as a Committee member for the Division of Health Psychology Scotland and the EDI task force for the Division of Health Psychology.
In summary, Jan has an avid interest in psychology, with particular interests in health psychology, diversity and supporting people living with various vulnerabilities and multi-morbidities. Jan is also passionate about contributing to widening participation agendas in Higher Education and supporting the lived experiences of people from traditionally marginalised and underrepresented communities.
Jo Homewood is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist by training, with an applied career that spans HM Prison Service, NHS and the Parole Board for England and Wales.
She has been working for the FCDO for c.15 years, and has recently enjoyed engagement in cross-departmental EDI discussions on improving inclusivity in National Security Vetting.
Jo has a longstanding interest in social bias and the ways in which it can impact high stakes decision making, such as Parole decisions.
In recent years, Jo has benefited hugely from reflective courses run by the Tavistock Institute which have illuminated, amongst other issues, personal privilege and its impact on being a consultant.
Dr Jolel Miah is a British Born, Bangladeshi individual and a first-generation University Student, who has defied societal expectations and embarked on an inspiring journey of academic and professional achievement including two doctoral qualifications.
Jolel is a Lecturer in Psychology, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Psychologist with a specialisation in Health Psychology, demonstrating his commitment to understanding and addressing the complex factors that influence health and well-being. His research and professional interests lie in examining the barriers that racially and historically excluded communities face in accessing healthcare and education.
Through his work, Jolel aims to shed light on the systemic inequities that perpetuate health disparities and hinder educational opportunities for marginalised communities. By delving into these critical issues, Jolel seeks to contribute to the development of inclusive policies and interventions that promote equality and empower individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Jolel’s background and passion for social justice drives his research, advocacy, and commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of marginalized individuals and communities. Through his work, Jolel aims to challenge stereotypes, dismantle barriers, and promote equitable access to healthcare and education.
My name is Phil McKee and I currently work in the Financial Services (FS) industry, in the UK. I have been in FS for almost 15 years; my experience includes banking (Retail & Investment) and Consultancy.
I am passionate about equality, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I) having developed and deployed a variety of initiatives across a variety of organisational settings.
A recent example that I am particularly proud of was the national rollout of a workshop I created aimed at managers; I believe they are instrumental in embedding ED&I in the workplace.
I completed my Psychology Masters in 2020, my research project explored, via members lived experiences, how membership of Employee Resource Groups (ERG)s affects one’s sense of self in the workplace.
This was my first introduction to the field Occupational Psychology but my passion for evidence-based solutions to drive ED&I kick started my OP journey – I hope to eventually become a Chartered OP.
Whilst I am early in my OP career, my practical application of ED&I in complex organisations is broad and something I feel will complement the diverse experiences and backgrounds of the other members of the ED&I Board.
Finally, one non-work-related fact about myself – I am a keen painter. I like the escapism after a long and intense week at work.
Dr Trevor James is an Assistant Professor (Education) at Durham University. As a Black British lecturer, he began teaching English in Further Education in 2001.
He started teaching psychology in Higher Education in 2012 and became a Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA) in 2016.
Prior to joining the University of Durham, Trevor spent 7 years at Newcastle University where he chaired the staff Race Equality Network and contributed to the Race Equality Charter submission.
Trevor currently sits on the advisory board for the CES Transformation Fund Home - Cultural Evolution Society Transformation Fund and is the lead for the mentoring strand in Project North-East (£2.5m OFS Award for improving access and participation for Black PGR students in North-East universities).
I am a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and lecturer in Organisational Psychology.
A chartered member of the DOP since 2009 and member of the BPS since 1997, I was also a member of the Division of Occupational Psychology, EDI task and finish group 2020-2021.
I obtained my Phd in Applied (Organisational) Psychology at the University of Nottingham in 2007, where I started my research career in Occupational Psychology.
In my current research, I apply principles of psychology to understand how intersectionalities affect women’s experiences at work and how hidden, systemic inequalities are created for women in minority and marginalised populations.
My research on intersectionality and hidden inequalities now informs decision makers in organisations and government on diversity practice and policy (i.e. in resettlement but is not exclusive to this area).
I continue to work directly with those populations most affected by inequality wherever possible. I publish work in this area and it has also received support from various sources (e.g. The Big Lottery, ESRC, government, host institutional); primarily it addresses UN’s Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality.
My commitment to improving the quality and reach of EDI was first ignited by a period of working directly with women from diaspora populations in the UK and through projects in Sri-Lanka on the agenda of reclaiming vocational lives after war and displacement.
My interests continues to be influenced by my ongoing research in this area but as well my own experiences as a Psychologist from multiple intersectional backgrounds. And knowing first-hand that there are better ways of engendering inequality in systems and society.
Dr Zayba Ghazali-Mohammed is a Chartered Psychologist, Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has held academic positions since 2015 and is a member of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DARTP).
Zayba studied Psychology at the University of Edinburgh before completing her PhD in Developmental Psychology at University College London in 2016. She has worked in various teaching and research posts, and also worked briefly outside academia as a senior analyst in local government and as a consultant for UNESCO.
Zayba sits on several Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) boards at the University of Glasgow, and in 2021 founded the Race and Equality Network (RaEN) at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience (University of Glasgow) to bring together people of colour and their allies in a safe space to share experiences, foster community, and engage in scholarship around race equality, diversity, intersectionality, and widening participation in higher education.
Climate and Environment Action Coordination Group
The Climate and Environment Action Coordinating Group (CEAC) sets direction, objectives and work plans for psychologically informed climate and environment work, coordinating and supporting the work of networks, divisions and sections and embracing inclusivity of all nations in exploring the interface between climate and environment in research and practice.
The group supports and advises on the implementation of effective climate change and environment work rooted in psychological evidence.
- Climate and environmental health and wellbeing
- Behavioural, political and social change
- Education and awareness inside the profession and external to the profession
- The interface between policy, public affairs and engagement
- The interface between climate change, human rights and inequality
BPS Position Statement on the Climate and Ecological Crisis
We are delighted to release for publication in The Psychologist The BPS Position Statement on the Climate and Ecological Crisis.
This statement is the work of the Climate Change Environmental Action Group which was established in February of this year.
This statement lays out the key areas for action in relation to the climate and ecological crisis:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Awareness Raising
- Aligning policy, public affairs, and public engagement
- Human rights and inequality
The Group is developing a programme of work based on these priorities for enaction over the coming years.
Many thanks to the members of the Group who worked collaboratively together to produce this statement.
- Terri Morrissey (Chair of the Climate Change Environmental Action Group)
- Climate and Environment Action Coordination Group Minutes - 07 September 2023
- Climate and Environment Action Coordination Group Minutes - 27 July 2023
- Climate and Environment Action Coordination Group Minutes - 23 February 2023
- Climate and Environment Action Coordination Group Minutes - 04 May 2023
- Climate and Environment Action Coordination Group Minutes - 16 June 2023
Terri is a Business and Organisational Development Psychologist and co-founder of This is…an organisational development practice. She has worked with a wide range of organisations on culture and behaviour change, large systems change and also as a coach and mentor. She is also a former CEO of the Psychological Society of Ireland.
She has been involved in climate related work for a number of years. She co-facilitated, with her colleague Dr Richard Plenty, the first International Summit on Psychology and Global Health: A Leader in Climate Action, in Lisbon in 2019 and the second Summit in Bogota Columbia in 2022. She is co-founder of the Global Psychology Alliance, an international alliance of psychological Associations gathered together to address global issues including climate change. She represented the GPA at COP 26 in Glasgow.
She has also co-edited, the recent publication (2022) (by the New Zealand Psychological Society): Global Psychology and Climate Action a collection of writings from Psychological Societies around the world on psychology and climate action and visited New Zealand (Sept-Oct 2022) speaking to national, regional, and local politicians on climate change and action.
She is Chair of the Innovation High Level Advisory Board for the Horizon project, Go Green Routes (2020-2024).
She is author of many papers and conference presentations and the book: Uncertainty Rules? (2020).
She was awarded a Presidential Citation in June 2022 by the President of the American Psychological Association for her work on global psychology and climate action.
Tony Wainwright is a clinical psychologist and Deputy Academic Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Exeter.
He is a past chair of the British Psychological Society Ethics Committee. He chaired the Climate and Environmental Crisis Steering group that established the new CEAC group and has been a long-standing campaigner to bring the issue of climate and environmental disruption to public and professional attention. He co-edited a special issue of the European Psychologist on psychology and the climate crisis (Volume 26/Number 3/2021) and coedited two issues of Clinical Psychology Forum in in 2020 and 2021.
He has recently co-edited a book on human rights education for psychologists and is a member of the steering group of the Global Network of Psychologists for Human Rights. He teaches, among other things, on ethics, leadership, prevention, and public health.
Ryan Kemp is a clinical psychologist and Director of Therapies in the NHS.
Previously a chair of the Faculty of Addiction in the DCP, he currently sits on the DCP executive with responsibility for professional standards, research and sustainability.
Outside professional life, Ryan is a Quaker, a keen camper and lover of forests and rivers.
Dr Richard Plenty started life as a physicist before becoming an organisational psychologist. He works in organisation and leadership development, specialising in change, uncertainty and risk.
His book ‘Uncertainty Rules?’ written with Terri Morrissey, was published in 2020. He co- facilitated the first Global Summit of the Global Psychology Alliance (GPA) in Lisbon in 2019, attended COP26 as part of the GPA representative team in November 2021, and co- facilitated the second GPA Summit in Bogota in 2022.
He was a member of the APA Task Force on Climate Change (2020-2022). He has four grandchildren and enjoys writing music.
Dr Jan Maskell is a consultant Business Psychologist and Sustainability Consultant, and works with individuals and organisations helping them to develop their leadership skills and environmental management systems.
She works applying psychology to leadership and to issues such as pro-environmental behaviour change and corporate responsibility.
Jan has a doctorate from Lancaster University in Educational Research.
Dr Dan O’Hare is an educational psychologist and senior lecturer at the University Bristol where he teaches on the Doctoral professional training course for EPs. He has previously been communications lead and Chair for the Division of Educational and Child Psychology and is a current member of the BPS Member Board.
Dan’s passion is about making psychology as accessible as possible. He founded and runs edpsy.org.uk, an online magazine for anyone interested in education and psychology and which has an international reach. Dan has extensive experience of working with the media across TV, print, radio and digital channels.
Dan’s professional interests include evidence-based psychological practice, the use and misuse of neuroscience in educational psychology, and how psychology responds to the climate emergency with a particular focus on children and young people’s voice and involvement.
Dan authored the first paper for the EP profession addressing the climate crisis, children and young people. He has also blogged about the role that EP services should play in reducing their carbon footprint and how children’s environmental concerns continue to be ignored. His current work in this area focuses on local projects to access green space, with community engagement as a core principle.
Roger Paxton is a retired clinical psychologist whose last permanent post was Head of Psychological Services and Director of R&D at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. He was also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University, and had sessional commitments to NICE and several health research and service improvement networks, all aimed at promoting high standards and clinical effectiveness.
He is a past Chair of the BPS Ethics Committee, and worked with colleagues on that Committee to prioritise the climate and environment crisis, leading now to the establishment of the CEACGroup.
Since retiring he has been pursuing his interests in ethics and political psychology and philosophy. Responsibilities and social movements are important topics in these fields, both very relevant to climate and environment action.
Dr Maria Fernandes-Jesus is a Lecturer in Psychology at York St John University.
Her current research interests lie at the intersection between social justice and climate change, with a particular focus on community-based engagement, collective action, social movements, political imagination, and youth climate activism.
She is interested in researching these issues using mixed methods and following applied, participatory, and interdisciplinary approaches.
In 2020, she co-edited a special issue for the Community Psychology in Global Perspective Journal on ‘Communities reclaiming power and social justice in the face of climate change’.
Professor Ho Chung Law was an international consultant in psychology, research & development with over 35 years of experience.
He was the first equality advisor to the Assistant Permanent Under Secretary of State in the UK Home Office Research, Development & Statistics Directorate; a pioneer of a methodology for the evidence-based evaluation of large-scale interventions using multi-level modelling and geographical information.
Ho is currently the Editor of the BPS Transpersonal Psychology Review, supervising a dozen research doctoral students, advocating a new narrative action research and the fourth generation coaching (4GC) for people, places and the planet.
Dr Louise Edgington is a practising local authority Educational Psychologist (in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea), teaching on the UCL DECPsy programme for Educational Psychologists. She is also a consultant for the group, 'Climate Psychologists', having worked on their 'Mind and Planet' educational programme.
Since 2019, Louise has run a working group of psychologists and delivered workshops to professionals across the country on eco-anxiety, psychological defences and barriers to action, as well as climate communication and education.
Louise originally did a Masters in Physics at the University of Oxford -with Energy Studies and Climate Physics major options and an Internship at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Maya Gimalova first and foremost is a citizen of the world who cares about the Planet and recognises the seriousness of the climate change issue.
She has completed her doctoral training in Counselling Psychology and is currently awaiting her qualification. Maya's research was a qualitative study exploring young climate activists' experiences of being continually exposed to climate-related information in today's world.
Maya strives to combine her passion for psychology and her intrinsic link with nature to raise awareness and mitigate the multifaceted consequences of climate change on all living beings. In this regard, she has published articles, delivered workshops, created a Reference Library for the Division of Counselling Psychology, and provides consultations for climate-related projects.
Maya is also a member of the Division of Counselling Psychology Working Group on Climate and Environmental Crisis.
As her day job, she works in the NHS in the Clinical Health Psychology department providing individual and group therapy.
Siân Williams is a professional ecologist, with track record of policy development and project management in both the public and third sectors. She is currently employed by NatureScot (Scotland’s nature agency), focussing on partnership delivery of projects which address biodiversity loss and the climate emergency.
Siân combines her extensive knowledge of ecological and environmental issues with a passion for education and inclusion, promoting the use of nature and outdoor spaces as a therapeutic environment. She is a founding member of the South Ayrshire Green Health Partnership, which is exploring the use of social prescribing to connect people with nature and its associated health benefits.
Siân completed her psychology conversion course in 2021, with her research into occupational technostress and the restorativeness of natural spaces leading to publication in 2023. She continues to be interested in taking a mutli-disciplinary approach to the climate and ecological crises, advocating the use of psychological principles to understand motivations and help drive the behaviour change needed to reduce and adapt to future climate and environmental change.
Dr Stacey Heath is a social psychologist and lecturer at the Open University. Stacey adopts an interdisciplinary approach to her research which seeks to understand the ways in which social psychological theories and geographical contexts can assist in the exploration of contemporary social and environmental issues.
More specifically, Stacey addresses issues related to the psychology of groups and behaviour in the context of large-scale group change such as migration, regeneration, climate change, and disasters and how these changes relate to health, wellbeing and community resilience.
Prior to returning to higher education, Stacey worked for over a decade in local government, councils, and community projects. These professional and research experiences have strengthened her conviction that effective responses to environmental and societal challenges require the adoption of a broader understanding of social sciences.
This includes incorporating multiple perspectives from researchers, policy makers, communities, charities, and businesses, in order to develop sustainable and resilient communities for the future. Stacey believes that in order to tackle current and future environmental challenges, we first need to develop our understanding about the many ways in which climate change is impacting humans, and vice versa.
Dr Sarah Golding is a Health Psychologist and early career researcher, with a passion for interdisciplinary, applied projects. Her work focuses on issues of public and animal health and the health benefits of engaging with nature. She has written for The Conversation about the wellbeing benefits of gardens.
Sarah has long been concerned about the threats from climate change, environmental degradation, and biodiversity loss. She strongly believes that human health and wellbeing are intertwined with animal, plant, and ecosystem health – and that psychological perspectives are needed to help mitigate and adapt to the climate and ecological emergencies.
Sarah is based in the Environmental Psychology Research Group at the University of Surrey, where she works as a Knowledge Exchange Fellow for ACCESS (Advancing Capacity for Climate and Environment Social Science). This 5-year, £6.25 million project, funded by the ESRC, is working to increase the visibility and impact of the social sciences in tackling climate and environment challenges.
Dr Lindsey Roberts is a Chartered Psychologist with a special interest in Human-Animal Interactions, Human Behaviour Change and the One Health Movement.
Historically Lindsey's research has evaluated medicines use and behaviour, working within and between academia, the NHS, charitable organisations and the pharmaceutical industry.
Now, Lindsey uses her knowledge of human behaviour change and animal welfare to design interventions that benefit the welfare of humans and animals collectively, with a particular focus on antibiotic stewardship that are in line with the Sustainability Development Goals.
For potential collaborations, please feel free to get in touch!
Antonio Kalentzis has 13 years of experience providing individual and group therapy, psychological assessments, and evaluations. He is working in his Mental Health Clinic and specializes in treating anxiety and depression in a primary care setting, using a variety of therapeutic modalities, including mixed combination psychotherapy and coaching psychology.
Also, he is committed to providing evidence-based, client-cantered care that is tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. Furthermore, he has more than 900 teaching hours in higher education. Nowadays, he is an Instructor of Psychology in City Unity College, Greece.
Aside from his clinical experience, he is dedicated to ongoing professional development. He is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society in Divisions of Coaching Psychology and Political Psychology and a member of the International Society for Coaching Psychology.
Finally, has published two books and promotes the concept of "Psychologized," which aims to help people understand the role of psychology in their everyday lives using simple terminology.
Human Rights Advisory Group
The Human Rights Advisory Group is an agile advisory body of the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Board, providing specialist direction and leadership on Human Rights in Psychology effecting the United Kingdom, Europe and wider world.
Having a commitment to all four nations of the United Kingdom with various obligations in respect of equality, equity, diversity, inclusion and human rights within legislation and broader cultural and social change.
The group holds responsibility for actions and recommendations based on key legislative duties.
- Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998
- Human Rights Act 1998
- The European Convention on Human Rights
- The International Bill of Human Rights
- Equality Act 2010
Factors in Human rights Law:
- Civil Human Rights
- Economic Human Rights
- Cultural Human Rights
- Social Human Rights
- Political Human Rights
- The Human Rights of the Child
- Human Rights, Disability and Mental Health
- Human Rights Advisory Group Minutes - 20 September 2023
- Human Rights Advisory Group Minutes - 17 August 2023
- Human Rights Advisory Group Minutes - 06 July 2023
- Human Rights Advisory Group Minutes - 17 January 2023
- Human Rights Advisory Group Minutes - 20 April 2023
- Human Rights Advisory Group Minutes - 06 June 2023
Human Rights Advisory Group Members
Dr Kessedjian is a consultant clinical psychologist and co clinical lead for the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme for BSMHFT and former psychology lead for urgent care with OHFT.
In the UK he is a founding member of a Decolonial collective of Psychologists and Psychiatrists headed up by Professor Suman Fernando.
As a trainer he has facilitated training with NGOs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and co-developed mental health training programmes with Dr Samah Jabr.
Dr Kessedjian is the former Chair of the DCP EDI and Anti-Racism Task and Finish Group and Co-opted member of the BPS Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce.
He is an active member of Amnesty International and a Trustee for Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham, an arts-based charity that showcases the work of refugee musicians in the West Midlands.
Dr Shakiba Moghadam, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, CPsychol, AFHEA, is a Chartered Psychologist and a lecturer in Psychology at Solent University, with a specific focus on Community Psychology, and Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Shakiba’s research predominantly focuses on mental health literacy and athlete mental health, experiences of women athletes in male dominated sports, human rights violations in sports, and the experiences of marginalised communities such as refugees and asylum seekers.
Shakiba is one of four leads on the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science’s SEPAR equality, diversity and inclusivity training workshops for upcoming sport psychologists, and a panel member for the Universities of Sanctuary.
She is also appointed as a trustee for three charities that work directly with marginalised communities.
Tony Wainwright is a clinical psychologist and deputy academic director at the University of Exeter Clinical Psychology training programme.
He has recently co-edited a book on human rights education for psychologists and is a member of the steering group of the Global Network of Psychologists for Human Rights.
He has a long-standing interest in the role psychology has played in protecting human rights and also the part they have played in human rights violations. He co-edited a special issue of the European Psychologist on psychology and human rights.
He is the immediate past chair of the British Psychological Society Climate and Environmental Crisis Steering group and has been a long-standing campaigner to bring the issue of climate change to public and professional attention.
He is a past chair of the BPS Ethics Committee and a recent past member of its steering group on psychology and human rights. He teaches, among other things, on human rights, ethics, leadership, prevention and public health.
Clara is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology on the Clinical Doctorate in psychology at the University of Edinburgh (UK) and as a member of the anti-racism group in the Clinical Doctorate in the UK.
She also worked as the Ethics & Integrity Lead role in Clinical Psychology and, between 2019 and 2022, as Deputy Director of Research (Research Ethics and Research Integrity) at the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh.
Clara’s main research interests are in the areas of Cross- cultural Neuropsychology, Global mental health and Ethics in clinical and global research https://www.ethical-global-research.ed.ac.uk/.
Social justice is the main drive of her research and clinical work, by promoting principles of equity, ethics, participation, dialogue with culturally diverse populations, and those at risk of social injustice.
Dr Andrew Clements is an occupational psychologist registered with the HCPC.
He is employed as a lecturer at Aston University.
His applied research and practice focuses on employee wellbeing and approaches to employee involvement.
Mrs Ekta Mistry, CPsychol, a Forensic Psychologist with 16 years of experience working with people in prison with complex needs comprising trauma, mental health, personality and neurodiversity.
Ekta is experienced at delivering group-based and individual interventions using a variety of models including CBT, DBT and CFT.
Her experience also includes working with people in prison who self-harm or have suicidal ideation.
August 2018, aged 60 years, I stepped out of the wider societal in-group, to be my authentic self, a transgender woman.
In that one moment I became part of a marginalised out-group, and my life changed in unimaginable ways.
My desire to understand societal discomfort with authenticy caused me to give up a global executive career in business to read the science of psychology at Northumbria University.
I want to help individuals and businesses to embrace authenticity with love and joy, with minds open to everything and closed to nothing.
It is a privilege to be invited to serve on the Human Rights Advisory board, picking up the baton to make a contribution to bending the long arc of the moral universe, toward justice for all (Parker, 1855).
Dr Carlotta Raby (Lotta) is a clinical psychologist, and works full time for the NHS (she currently manages a paediatric mental health team and operationally manages a Tier 4 CAMHS inpatient unit).
Lotta previously studied global human rights law and international politics, and is passionate about children's rights within health/ mental health settings.
She is leading on projects to reduce restrictive practice and embed trauma-informed systems in acute paediatric/ CAMHS settings.
Prior to training as a clinical psychologist, Lotta had undertaken national participation roles with YoungMinds, the Mental Health Foundation and the Anna Freud Centre/ Evidence Based Practice Unit.
Lotta has specialised in treating children and young people for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD, and her recent research has focussed on identifying the mental health needs of gang involved young people, with the aim of reducing violence and increasing safety.
Outside of her NHS work, Lotta volunteers with the British Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières psychosocial units. She founded Action for Child Trauma International. She is says it is an honour for her to be selected to join the BPS Human Rights Advisory Group.
Dr Jenny Meggs is Associate Professor in Sport Psychology and HCPC Sport and Exercise Psychologist at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.
Jenny is a HCPC registered sport psychologist who works primarily with UK national talent pathway swimmers and is a member of the British Psychological Society Sport and Exercise Psychology EDI committee.
Jenny has broad applied practice and research interests, including a) mental health and resilience in competitive athletes and b) the mental and physical health benefits of sport psychology strategies & outdoor physical activity (and/or exercise in simulated green environments) for young people with neurodevelopmental conditions.
Professor Rachel Tribe is based at the School of Psychology, University of East London and the Centre for Psychiatry and Mental Health, Queen Mary, University of London. She regularly undertakes international and national training and consultancy work and has been invited to work in over 40 countries.
Her most recent co-edited book is D. Moussaoui., D. Bhugra, R. Tribe. & A. Ventriglio (2021) (eds) Migration, Mental Health and Mental Illness. New York: Springer. She is currently co-editing a book with Professor Dinesh Bhugra on Social Justice, Social Discrimination and Mental Health: Theory, Practice, and Professional Issues.
She has edited 7 books and written approximately 130 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has written and edited 6 sets of guidelines for the BPS.
In 2016, with Dr Farkhondeh Farsimadan she set up an online resource for Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Health and Social Care Professionals working alongside them. The online portal contains resources for adults and children and is updated yearly. The portal can be accessed at:-
Access the online portal for Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Health and Social Care Professionals
I’m a Graduate Member of the BPS and currently work in Higher Education.
My background is mainly educational and developmental psychology, and over the past year I’ve developed an interest in political psychology and wellbeing.
I’m also interested in EDI and decolonisation.
Dr Stephanie Davis Le Brun is a clinical psychologist working in older people's mental health in the NHS.
She completed a research project on human rights on acute mental health wards further highlighting the need for improvements in these settings, as well as bringing to light the impact of the environment on human rights.
Since this, she has been involved in projects such as offering a 'help to vote' clinic and consulting on the proposed changes to the Mental Health Act.
She is interested in further exploring how we can better measure human rights outcomes in public health settings.
Watch Beginning to Talk about Diversity and Inclusion in Neuropsychology, a ground-breaking webinar where honest discussion refreshes the air around these important and sensitive issues.
Talking about diversity among LGBT+ people was the second webinar in the Presidential Taskforce series on Diversity and Inclusion.
This webinar examined labels and self- identification, as the panel deconstructed mono-sexist views and talked about the effects of discrimination.
The pre-recorded session was hosted by trustee and chair of the BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section Adam Jowett.
Adam was joined by Dr Helen Driscoll, an evolutionary psychologist and with research interests including sexuality and sexual behaviour, dark personality, adult play and higher education pedagogy and, and Rusi Jaspal, a professor of psychology at Nottingham Trent University and a fellow of the British Psychological Society.
Professor Jaspal is an ambassador for the Honour Abuse Research Matrix in recognition of his research into forced marriage in British South Asian communities and author of more than one hundred journal articles and book chapters, many of which focus on identity among LGBT people and ethnic minorities.
The live discussion was hosted by Nasreen Fazal-Short, chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Presidential Taskforce.
Decolonising the curriculum was the third webinar in the presidential Taskforce series on Diversity and Inclusion.
This webinar examined how decolonisation can re- appropriate cultural ideas of people that were subverted by colonial history. We examined what is being taught, how it is being taught and what is missing. We asked questions about who’s voice isn’t being heard and how do we bring those voices to the forefront.
Decolonising the curriculum is not about moving or dumping what is being taught presently, it’s about creating space and introducing multiple voices set to enrich and empower the curriculum as well as continue the long journey of decolonising the mind.
The pre-recorded session was hosted by Dr Patrick Hylton.
In addtion to his position of senior lecturer at Lincoln University, Patrick has produced numerous articles for publication.
In association with former colleages Debbie Weekes Bernard and Tina Ramkalawan he created one of the first Black psychology modules in the UK in the late 1990’s, which was taught at Nottingham Trent University.
One of Patrick's most notable works, Now that we found love what are we going to do with it?, is a narrative understanding of Black identity and was published in the Theory and Psycolology Journal.
For the pre-recorded session Patrick was joined by Dr Udeni Salmon and Dr Michele Perry-Springer.
Dr Udeni Salmon is part of an interdisciplinary team working on creating a dynamic and interactive web-based platform aimed at accelerating meaningful changes in attitude and behaviour towards diversity, and facilitating inclusive research environments across the sector. Udeni’ s subject specialisms and research interests are concerned with how power manifests itself in organisational relationships. She uses intersectionality, critical race theory, black feminist theory and Pierre Bourdieu's "thinking tools" to theoretically inform her work. She writes in the areas of family firms, entrepreneurship, innovation, and modern slavery.
Dr Michele Perry-Springer is an educator with 25 years’ experience and many of those years have been with work and support to children young people with learning disabilities. She is also the president of the Association of Black Psychologists and is actively developing significant work within the black communities introducing psychological frameworks based on African traditions.
Michele has worked as an Educational Psychologist for the past 15 years, working within schools to support the needs of children both in mainstream and specialist settings. Committed to helping to remove barriers to learning and to narrowing the gap for children and young people who are disadvantaged by their circumstances Michele’s specialism is working with children and young people in care and those who have been adopted.
The live panel was hosted by Presidential taskforce chair Dr Nasreen Fazal-Short.
Alongside the webinar speakers Nasreen was joined by:
Malcolm Phillips, a board member of the UK Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists. He has spent more than 30 years developing and managing mental health and counselling services for Black communities in the NHS, local authorities and in the voluntary sector. He was the founder and chair of Safoa, the National African and Caribbean mental Health Network and with Pattigift African Centred Therapy Service delivers a Diploma in Black Psychology and African-Centred Therapy.
Layne Whittaker, an undergraduate psychology student at the Open University, graduating in 2021.She work as a British Sign Language Interpreter, making sure members of the Deaf community have equal access, and ultimately aims to complete an MSc in Occupational psychology focusing on Diversity and inclusion. Layne is a member of the taskforce
Simon Goodman, a senior lecturer in psychology who uses discursive psychology to address a number of issues. Simon specialises on the ways in which potentially prejudicial arguments against asylum seekers as well as issues around race and racism.
Laura Kilby, a Reader in social psychology based at Sheffield Hallam University. As a critical social psychologist her primary research interests centre upon examining relationships between power, discourse and the construction of marginalised identities and marginalised groups. Laura is a member of the taskforce
Fabianna Dennis, a 2nd year psychology and behavioural sciences undergraduate student at Cambridge University. Fabianna recently featured in a BBC documentary called Being Black at Cambridge.
In this webinar we will be talking to experts by lived experience about intersectionality and intellectual disability.
We will also hear from psychologists exploring how double discrimination needs to be addressed through psychological practice.
There are many mental health statistics that point to men’s mental health as an area of heightened concern. There is also significant amount of men’s mental health that goes simply unreported.
The Office for National Statistics shows that in quarter three of 2020, there were 16.3 deaths per 100,000 males (992 deaths registered) and 5.4 suicide deaths per 100,000 females (342 deaths registered); these rates are similar to rates observed in the same quarter in previous years.
In this webinar we unpack what the barriers are to men talking about their mental health, and what can psychology do to support men in coming forward and receiving appropriate timely and well-considered treatments.
This is the sixth in the series of webinars from the presidential taskforce on diversity and inclusion.
This month we are going to be talking about how social mobility and class impacts psychology, looking at places of privilege and disempowerment and take a deeper dive into what this means, how it relates to psychology and what can be done to widen pathways and increase access.
- Dr Will Curvis
- Sarah St Ledger
- Dr Ben Campbell
- Amy Goddard
- Dr Nasreen Fazal-Short
- Dr Cathy Amore
- Leah Sharkah
- Dr Debra Malpass
- Helena Vine
This seventh webinar in the series from the presidential taskforce on diversity and inclusion looked at how we tackle racism across various psychological professions.
Examining the spaces where structural racism sits, this important discussion took place across all psychological professions and examined what the professions need to do to challenge racism, increase awareness and foster inclusivity.
The live discussion was held on a global platform with the inclusion of the American Psychological Association, The European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations as well as key figures influential figures within the UK.
In the pre-record we heard from:
- Adrian Whittington - National Lead for Psychological Professions, NHS England
- Nasreen Fazal –Short – chair of the presidential taskforce on Diversity and Inclusion
- Michelle Brooks-Ucheaga is a lecturer and a programme lead at the University of Derby and co-author of the Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) positive practice guide published in 2019
- Dr Alan Kessedjian – chair of DCP task and finish group for race culture ethnicity and anti-racism,
- Dr Mvikeli Ncube a social psychologist and speaker on anti-racist practice.
Speakers on live discussion
Dr Y. Evie Garcia, PhD - President (2020-2022) Division 45 American Psychological Association
Associate Professor and Doctoral Training Director Dr. Garcia has a PhD in Counselling Psychology and is the Chief Diversity Officer for APA working on advancing EDI across the association, the field of psychology and society.
Dr Garcia sits on The Council of National Psychology Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests (CNPAAEMI) which collaborates with other ethnic minority associations in training of Leadership Fellows.
Dr Faisal Mahmood
Dr Mahmood is a UKCP registered individual and group gestalt psychotherapist, BACP accredited counsellor and UKCP approved clinical supervisor. Currently, he works as a senior lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at Newman University (Birmingham) heading up post graduate programmes (MSc & Advance Diploma) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (UKCP accredited). He has over 20 years of clinical experience.
Dr Lizann Bonnar
Dr Bonnar Is a doctor of philosophy and has a PhD in Psychology. Working at Strathclyde university Lizann is a member of the under-graduate training committee (UEC) for the BPS and is leading the working group on equality diversity and Inclusion for the UEC, and is also looking at decolonisation of the curriculum. Dr Bonnar is also a programme reviewer for the UEC, and visits accredited programs across the UK to ensure they meet with the BPS’s standards.
Michelle is a lecturer and a programme lead at the University of Derby. She is an elected Trustee and sits on the Board of Trustees for the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) which is the lead organisation for CBT in the UK and Ireland. Michelle is a co-author of the Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) positive practice guide published in 2019. Michelle is also a peer reviewer for both the Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy Journal and the Cognitive Behaviour Therapist Journal and also sits on the Editorial Board for the Cognitive Behaviour Therapist journal.
Professor David Gillborn – professor of critical race studies . Editor in chief of the journal Race Ethnicity and Education
David’s research focuses on race inequalities in education, especially the role of racism as a changing and complex characteristic of the system. He has written 6 books and more than 140 refereed articles, chapters and reports that range from original studies in classrooms and with teachers, through national reviews of research evidence in the field, to analyses of the changing policy landscape internationally. He is closely associated with the approach known as ‘Critical Race Theory’ and, in 2012, received the Derrick Bell Legacy Award; the highest honour possible from the US-based Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA).
Emeritus professor Suman Fernando
Formerly a consultant psychiatrist in Enfield Middlesex for over twenty years, Suman is Emeritus Professor of Social Sciences at London Metropolitan University. He is known for his work in researching and presenting transcultural psychiatry a critical approach to the Eurocentric system from a ‘race’ and culture perspective, and his writing on how institutional racism is embedded in these disciplines when practiced in western countries. Suman has lectured extensively in Canada, the UK, and other parts of Europe on issues of ‘race’ and culture in psychiatry and latterly on mental health development in non-European settings including Sri Lanka, his country of origin.
Suman’s last two books are: Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology (2017); and co-edited Global Psychologies; Mental Health in the Global South (2018). Read more.
Ulrike De Ponte
Scientific director for Psychology at the department of applied natural sciences and cultural studies OTH Regensburg Germany. convenor of the Board on Cultural and Ethnic Diversity from the European federation of Psychologists – the umbrella organisation leading the federation of 38 member associations from 38 European countries. EFPA ‘s mission is to promote the development, dissemination and application of psychology in all its forms, and to contribute to shaping a humane society in Europe and beyond.
The live discussion was hosted by Dr Nasreen Fazal-Short.
Becoming a psychologist can be challenging in itself without the added hurdles that may be presented by the discipline if you are a disabled person.
Speaking to several experts by experience we will examine issues around disability by talking to psychologists with lived experience across a range of issues, including whether we need a much greater societal shift on how we view disability and whether diversity initiatives are really enough to create an inclusive society.
The discussion will consider and debate intersectional issues around disability from a psychological perspective as well as looking at how we can move forwards in certain areas to create equal opportunities and fairness across the board.
This ninth webinar in the series from the presidential taskforce on diversity and inclusion is a step on from our seventh webinar when we looked at how we tackle racism across various psychological professions.
Having examined the spaces where structural racism sits, we now look at how to implement anti-racist practice.
We will highlight the discussions that need to be had and look at the biased beliefs, attitudes and opinions that may sit within these spaces.
Contacting the EDI Team - Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get in touch with the EDI (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion) Team?
You can contact the EDI Team by sending an email to [email protected].
What is the role of the EDI Team?
The EDI Team is responsible for promoting and supporting equality, diversity, and inclusion initiatives within the BPS.
We work towards fostering an inclusive environment for all members and staff.
Are complaints handled by the EDI Team?
Complaints go through our Complaints Team at [email protected].
If your complaint relates to EDI, the Complaints Team will forward your concerns to the EDI team.
Where should I direct complaints related to university matters?
If your complaint relates to current study on a university course, please contact your university complaints team in the first instance.
If you have already completed this step, we advise you seek help from the University regulatory body in your nation.
We are unable to resolve complaints relating to university policies, teaching, admissions, or procedures.
What type of issues can I discuss with the EDI Team?
The EDI Team is here to address a wide range of issues related to equality, diversity, and inclusion within the psychological workforce or society.
I want to get involved with the EDI initiatives. How can I contribute?
Please get in touch with the EDI Team to express your interest, and they will provide information on available opportunities for involvement.
How long does it take to receive a response from the EDI Team after contacting them?
The response time may vary depending on the complexity of the issue and the volume of enquiries.
However, the EDI Team strives to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.
Can I contact the EDI Team if I have a suggestion for improving diversity and inclusion at the BPS?
Absolutely! The EDI Team welcomes suggestions and ideas, email [email protected].
Please remember that this FAQ page is intended to provide general information.
For specific concerns or inquiries, we encourage you to contact the respective teams mentioned above.