Human Rights

Human Rights Advisory Group

The Human Rights Advisory Group is an advisory body of the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Board.

About

The Human Rights Advisory Group provides 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.

Legislative duties

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 Members

Dr Alan Kessedjian

Co-Chair

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

Co-Chair

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

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.

Dr Clara Calia

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

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.

Ekta Mistry, CPsychol

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. 

Penny Catterick

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

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

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

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

Rozena Nadeem

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

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.