The Northern Ireland BPS 2022 Annual Conference

11 October 2022 - 12 October 2022
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Northern Ireland Branch

The Northern Ireland BPS 2022 Annual Conference is a Virtual Conference


The theme of this year's conference is on the topic of creativity –what does it mean, how can it be cultivated, and why is it important for making and sustaining connections in the changing and unpredictable world. This is an important question particularly as we navigate our way through and out of the COVID pandemic and its consequences?  What psychological themes and approaches are relevant?

The conference invites contributions in the following areas:

  • Research into the topic of creativity, as well as examples of research that show creativity in terms of approaches, methods,  tools, or ways of reporting
  • Psychological interventions and practices with different client groups, that perhaps illustrate 'new' and creative responses to particular challenges, for example, creative responses in the justice system, in health interventions, in education, in business or community organisations
  • Teaching and learning creatively, including teaching/cultivating creativity itself  as well as designing creative methods/approaches to teaching and learning in any educational context

Both theoretical and practical questions will be addressed through keynotes, invited speakers, symposia, individual papers and workshops.

The conference committee calls for further symposia, research papers, insights in practice, case studies, and workshops. Oral presentations as well as posters are welcome.

We recognise that not all current research and practice will fall under the theme of the conference and we very much welcome you to submit abstracts relating to your current research outside of the theme and we will create a strand for those presentations.

Keynote speakers will contribute on the following themes:

  • Professor Kamal Birdi, Sheffield University on the science and practice of creativity training
  • Professor Victoria Simms, Ulster University on embracing creativity in developmental science
  • Dr Vlad Glaveanu, Webster University, Switzerland on the ecology of creative action
  • Dr Geraldine O'Hare, Probation Board NI on problem solving justice and problem solving court
  • Invited symposia, papers and workshops include:
  • Psychological approaches to problem solving in the courts
  • Educational approaches to cultivating creativity – examples from Northern Ireland
  • Creativity, play and playfulness in the early years
  • Meta learning and cultivating creativity – the importance of the pedagogical approach
  • Using creative methods to explore children's world and support their wellbeing – examples from Scotland
  • Integrating personal and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) in research and service development
  • Workshop on third wave psychological therapies (e.g., mindfulness, dialectical behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapies)
  • Innovation zones to support disadvantaged communities with evidence based educational and health interventions

Prizes to be awarded for Best Poster, Best overall undergraduate oral presentation, Best overall postgraduate oral presentation

For more information, email [email protected]


Key Submission Dates

Authors are strongly advised to register on the on-line submission system and begin preparing their submissions well in advance of the following deadlines:

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December 2021 Submissions Open
31 August 2022 Symposia, Oral Presentations and Workshop submission deadline
13 September 2022 Notification of submission outcomes for Symposia, Oral Presentations and Workshops
11 and 12 October 2022 Conference
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How to Submit

Log into the new submission system. You will need to create an account if this is the first time you are submitting.

Please ensure you read the submission guidelines below before submitting, including the reviewer guidelines. These allow you to see how your submissions will be reviewed.


Registration for the Virtual Conference is available online only.

All rates listed are inclusive of VAT at 20%.

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Student £10.00 £20.00

Non-BPS Student 

Please enter 'NONBPSSTUDISC' into the promotional code box of the basket page and select update

£15.00 £30.00
BPS / NIBPS / PSI Members £25.00 £40.00
Non-Members £35.00 £60.00
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Returning Customers (Members and non-members)

In order to register for the event, you will need to sign in using your BPS website log in details. We have implemented a new Membership Database (CRM) recently and if you haven't received your pre-registration email please contact [email protected] to request a re-send and follow the instructions received. Once pre-registered on the CRM use your USERNAME and PASSWORD to log in to register for the event.

Non-returning customers (Members and non-members)

If you are not a returning customer, you will need to create a free account. Once set up use your USERNAME and PASSWORD to log in to register for the event.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Kamal Birdi

Professor Kamal Birdi has a Chair in Work Psychology at Sheffield University Management School and is also a practicing Occupational Psychologist. Over the past thirty years, he has researched and advised extensively on evaluating and improving the impact of employee training and development interventions, developing employee creativity and assessing the influences on organisational innovation.
Kamal is a keen advocate of translating Occupational Psychology research into practice. In the area of training, he developed the TOTADO (Taxonomy of Training and Development Outcomes) evaluation framework to help organisations more systematically assess the impact of learning interventions at different levels.

He has also created the research-based CLEAR IDEAS (CI) innovation development model as a means of improving the creative generation and implementation of ideas at work. Hundreds of organisations from the public, private and third sectors in the UK and abroad have now taken part in CI training workshops and events to produce creative solutions to the complex challenges facing them.

He has published widely on workplace creativity, innovation and learning topics and was given the BPS DOP Academic Contribution to Practice Award in 2010 for his efforts to improve organisational practice. 

Professor Vlad Glaveanu

Vlad Glaveanu is  Professor of Psychology, School of Psychology, Dublin City University, Ireland. He received his PhD in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He received in 2018 the Berlyne Award from the American Psychological Association for outstanding early career contributions to the field of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts.

His work develops the cultural psychology of creativity and has been published in over 100 articles and chapters. His books include: Thinking through creativity and culture: Toward an integrated model (Transaction, 2014), Distributed creativity: Thinking outside the box of the creative individual (Springer, 2014), Rethinking creativity: Perspectives from cultural psychology (Routledge, 2014, co-edited with Alex Gillespie and Jaan Valsiner), and Creativity: A new vocabulary (Palgrave, 2016, co-edited with Lene Tanggaard and Charlotte Wegener).

He is editor/co-editor of three major handbooks: the Palgrave Handbook of Creativity and Culture Research (Palgrave, 2016), the Oxford Handbook of Imagination and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2017, co-edited with Tania Zittoun), and the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity across Disciplines (Cambridge University Press, 2017, co-edited with James C. Kaufman and John Baer), as well as editor of the upcoming Creativity Reader to be published by Oxford University Press. Vlad Glăveanu is co-editing the book series Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture for Palgrave Macmillan and is the Editor-in-Chief of Europe's Journal of Psychology, an open access peer-reviewed journal published by PsychOpen (Germany).

He is editorial board member for the main journals in the area of creativity research, board member of the American Creativity Association, and co-editor, with James C. Kaufman, of an up-coming journal Creativity, Innovation and Social Change.

Dr Geraldine O'Hare

Geraldine is the Director of Rehabilitation for the Probation Board for N. Ireland, and is also a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist. She is a Chartered Scientist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and also the Chief Assessor for the BPS Qualification in Forensic Psychology. 
Geraldine was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship and travelled to the USA to research Problem Solving Courts with a particular interest in Mental Health, Domestic Violence and Drug Courts. Upon her return, Geraldine led in the introduction of the first Problem Solving Courts in Northern Ireland with the Department of Justice, under the Problem Solving Justice Portfolio. This pioneering work has include the Substance Misuse Court, Domestic Violence Projects and other innovative projects to tackle offending behaviour. Geraldine is a Board Trustee for  London based  Centre for Justice Innovation. In April 2019, Geraldine received the British Psychological Society Award for Innovation in Practice.

Professor Victoria Simms

Victoria Simms is a developmental psychologist with a specific interest in the development of mathematical thinking in both typically and atypically developing children. Victoria's work also focuses on the long-term consequences of preterm birth, specifically cognitive and educational outcomes. Current projects include cross-cultural comparisons of mathematical cognition, the influence of the home environment on early learning and neuro-imaging of mathematical processing. Victoria's research has been funded by Action Medical Research, Nuffield Foundation, British Academy and the Global Challenges Research Fund. Victoria is a founding member of the ESRC funded Centre for Early Mathematical Learning- that aims to understand early mathematical development and impact on children's learning experiences.
Victoria is Associate Editor for both the British Journal of Developmental Psychology and the British Journal of Educational Psychology. She is also Section Editor for Educational Psychology at Cogent Psychology.

Victoria completed her PhD in Cognitive Psychology at QUB in 2008. Victoria then worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at a number of institutions (Heriot Watt University, Queen's University Belfast and the University of Leicester) before joining Ulster University in 2013. Victoria was appointed as Research Director for the School of Psychology in 2017 and was promoted to Reader in Psychology in 2018. Victoria was promoted to Professor of Developmental Psychology in 2021.


Invited Speakers

Dr Joanna Butler 

Joanna is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with over 15 years of experience in evidence-based human resource development, predominantly within the public sector. As a practitioner psychologist and academic, her research and experience are two-fold: (1) the design of employability and education services for a variety of learners and (2) the people strategy that underlines the effective delivery of those services. As a senior manager supporting the delivery of a £65m welfare organisation, Joanna has led projects within international welfare organisations, providing research and consultancy services to public sector clients delivering employability and skills programmes across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Successful programmes have included: service design of employability support for long-term unemployed jobseekers, resulting in top quartile national league table performance; organisational change strategy which improved staff stress, job satisfaction, and organisational performance (30% min increase); developed an online assessment tool completed by 250,000+ jobseekers; led a consultancy project advising the Saudi government on delivering vocational education to socially excluded groups.  

Joanna is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation at the University of Strathclyde Business School, teaching across accredited postgraduate programmes (for example, MSc Human Resource Management and MBA programmes). She is also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Elizabeth Edgar

Liz is a Chartered and HCPC registered Occupational Psychologist with over 26 years' experience in the Defence, Security and Safety domain. A researcher, strategist and advisor she has directed large scale programmes of work aimed at providing robust people strategies, policies and processes; enabling organisations to get the most out of and for their staff in technology-rich environments. In recent years, she was Dstl's Ethics Champion and set up a Community of Practice to address the ethical implications of new and emerging technologies. In this role, she brought colleagues together from fields such as engineering, data science, physical sciences and human and social sciences to share practices and debate emerging issues. She also engaged with government and Industry leaders working in partnership to develop new policies to guide responsible and ethical design of new technologies, such as AI. Liz is currently an Independent Consultant and Advisor. 

Lisa Gaylor

Lisa Gaylor is a registered psychologist from Canada currently completing a PhD examining the relationship between traumatic childhood experiences and antisocial behaviour. With a professional background in educational and counselling psychology, Lisa's research questions stem from front-line experiences working with children, youth, and adults to understand and resolve disruptive and challenging behaviour in and outside of the classroom. Of particular interest are the experiences of Indigenous and other cultural minority groups uniquely impacted by both historical and present-day traumas and more likely to be sanctioned behaviourally in their schools and communities.

Dr Carol A Ireland

Dr. Carol A. Ireland is a Chartered Psychologist, Consultant Forensic Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is also a registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council. Dr. Ireland works at CCATS, where she leads on assessment, intervention, research and consultancy. She has worked with individuals across the life span, addressing a wide range of forensic issues and trauma for over 25 years, and is both an Accredited EMDR Therapist and an EMDR Consultant. Her clinical practice has included both the assessment of and intervention with a range of clients, including individual and group therapies. She is also Senior Research Lead at the Ashworth Research Centre, Ashworth Hospital, as well as working at the University of Central Lancashire, where she is a Reader in Aggression, and where she supervises various PhD Doctoral students. Dr. Ireland has published extensively in the area of forensic psychology, and has over 80 publications, including journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Ireland was past Chair and past Vice-Chair of the British Psychological Societies Division of Forensic Psychology. 


This year's Northern Ireland Branch Conference will be held 11-12 October 2022.

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