The Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology Section exists to provide its members with a central hub where issues of psychological trauma can be explored, research and evidence-based treatments can be examined, and ongoing standards of best practice can be established.
Chair - Christina BuxtonShow content
Christina is the current chair of the BPS Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section, a member of the BPS Research Board and the Representative Council. Christina a member of the BPS Psychological Testing Centre (PTC) and is on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU). She is a member of the PTC Committee on Test Standards (CTS) where she additionally is a member of the CTS Health and Social Care Contexts Working Group for the development of competencies in psychological testing for healthcare settings.
Christina is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the BPS, a Chartered Scientist, a BPS Trustee, and a member of the Divisions of Teachers and Researchers in Psychology, Occupational Psychology and Counselling Psychology. Christina is also senior practitioner member of the BPS Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy and on the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors. She works both academically and clinically with those affected by, or in contact with those suffering from, psychological trauma.
Christina’s work in psychological trauma spans 25 years. In her current academic post as a senior lecturer at the University of Chester she has responsibility for two MSc programmes in psychological trauma. Christina also provides training and consultancy to organisations who specialise in this area of work. She has research interests in individual’s experience of trauma and is currently working on a project in collaboration with Combat Stress on veterans narratives of PTSD.
Previous roles at the BPS include serving as a committee member of the Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section specifically with responsibility for CPD events, and subsequently as chair-elect. She was a member of the BPS North West Branch Committee where she additionally served as chair from 2008-2010.
Christina is also a registered psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a member of EMDR UK and Ireland, and an accredited member of Emotional Freedom Technique international (EFTi).
Her clinical interests have a focus on those affected by complex trauma and her work in this area is primarily with adolescents and adults in the community.
Chair-Elect - Annette GreenwoodShow content
Dr Annette Greenwood is an Associate Fellow of the BPS and Chair Elected for the Crisis, Disaster & Trauma (CDT) section and a nominated board member of UKPTS.
She has worked at consultant level in the NHS for 19 years for the last 10 years she has been the Trauma Response Lead and Consultant Clinical Advisor for the Veteran’s Complex Trauma service at St Andrews Healthcare, a charity that provides specialist secure care for mental health patients within the UK. She has lead psychological incident responses both at international and national level and was a consultant psychologist on a Neonatal Unit for 10 years working with parents and staff who cared for sick and dying babies
Dr Greenwood is also HCPC registered Consultant Counselling Psychologist who specialises in psychological trauma and staff wellbeing.
Treasurer - Peter EachusShow content
Dr Peter Eachus is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the BPS and he is the current is Treasurer of the Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section of the BPS.
He is also a committee member and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a past treasurer of the Association of Heads of Psychology Departments and he is also a member of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers of Psychology as well as the Cyberpsychology section and the Defence and Security Psychology Section.
Peter is an academic at the University of Salford and his research interests include psychometrics, self- efficacy, terrorism and tourism.
Secretary - Siobhan CurrieShow content
Siobhan Currie is the current Honorary Secretary of the BPS Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section. Siobhan is a Senior Educational Psychologist in Northamptonshire.
She was worked at all levels in psychology services to schools and families and has led a critical incident response team for over 10 years.
Her doctoral research at UCL focused on Schools’ responses to critical incidents and the confidence of teachers to implement a psychological first approach.
Committee member - Ed FreemanShow content
Dr Ed Freeman is a committee member of the BPS, Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section, a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the BPS. Ed is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS with a specialist interest in working with people experiencing the after effects of traumatic events. He has developed and led multi-disciplinary complex PTSD treatment teams within Adult Secondary Mental Health care.
He has a particular interest in the links between functional symptoms and trauma exposure. Recently he has been involved in developing training in Trauma Informed Care which has been delivered to staff across the Health and Social Care Sector.
Committee member - Heather SequeiraShow content
Biographical details to follow
Committee member - Noreen TehraniShow content
Noreen Tehrani is a committee member of the BPS, Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section, a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the BPS.
Noreen also currently serves on EFPA representing BPS. Noreen is Managing Director of Noreen Tehrani Associates and Clinical Director of NTA Psychological Services, where she specialises in Workplace Trauma, Psychological Screening and the delivery of Trauma Therapy programmes and is also a member of the following professional bodies UKPTS, ESTSS, EAOHP and EFPA.
Her primary research interests include Primary, Secondary and Complex Trauma. Trauma Resilience and Coping, Early Trauma Interventions, Disaster Management and Trauma Screening.
Committee member - Sarita RobinsonShow content
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Co-opted member - Anne DouglasShow content
Dr Anne Douglas is a committee member of the BPS, Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section, a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the BPS. She actively supported the creation of the Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section and served as its’ first secretary from 2014-2017. She organised several conferences for the CDT during this time. She rejoined the committee as a co-opted member in June 2019.
Dr Anne Douglas is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who specialises in Trauma. She worked in the NHS for 35 years where she was pivotal in setting up specialist Trauma teams and helping to develop trauma-informed organisations.
Dr Anne Douglas was also a member of the Presidential Task Force for Asylum Seekers and Refugees which was hosted by the CDT Section and was asked to present at an APPG meeting in Westminster on the topic of Trauma and Treatment in the Refugee Population. As an expert in this area, she also contributed to the BPS Guidelines for Psychologists working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees which was launched in June 2018.
Anne now works in Independent Practice providing consultation to organisations and individuals working in the field of Trauma.
Co-opted member Jai AdhyaruShow content
Jai Shree Adhyaru is a Chartered Psychologist and a newly co-opted member of the BPS, Crisis, Disaster and Trauma section. She is also a member of the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors. Jai Shree Adhayaru currently works as a Consultant Psychologist and Service Manager for the NHS Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Trauma Service for Children and Young People which was set up in response to the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017. She is a guest lecturer at The University of East London (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme) where she specialises in post-disaster interventions in community contexts and an external research supervisor at Royal Holloway University of London (Masters in Forensic Psychology programme), specialising in evidence-based interventions with young people at risk of offending and those involved with the criminal justice system. She is also a member of the following professional bodies: HCPC, ACAMH and Youth Justice Board Parenting Forum. She is a Clinical Associate with The FRED Company which specialises in virtual reality technology.Her research interests include evidence-based interventions with young people involved in offending behaviour, the use of technology in therapy and wellbeing interventions, therapist self-care, wellbeing, burnout prevention and the exploration of culture in the therapeutic endeavour.
Co-opted member - Kay BridgerShow content
Kay Bridger is is a newly co-opted member of the BPS, Crisis, Disaster and Trauma section. Kay became a BPS graduate member in 2018, following an MSc conversion in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Since then Kay has been working as a Research Assistant in the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham, researching a vocational rehabilitation intervention for people who have experienced traumatic physical injury.
Currently a PhD student at Nottingham Trent, jointly funded by the ARC East Midlands (Applied Research Collaboration) and Nottingham Trent University, with data collection occurring alongside the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) funded intervention development and clinical trial at the University of Nottingham. The PhD considers the psychological constructs which impact return to work following traumatic injury and is anticipated to contribute to improved integration of psychological needs in healthcare and to trauma-informed care.
Kay is also a member of the Institute of Recovery from Childhood Trauma (IRCT).
Co-opted member - Katy ColeShow content
Dr Katy Cole currently works as a Senior Educational Psychologist for Hertfordshire County Council and as an academic tutor on the Doctoral Course for Educational, Child and Community Psychology at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and is also an HCPC registered Psychologist.
Dr Cole is interested in how to support professionals working with traumatic events and has coordinated support for critical incidents in schools and researched the impact of domestic abuse on Educational Psychologists.
Co-opted member - Nerea JimenezShow content
Nerea Jimenez del Nogal is a Graduate member and a newly co-opted member of the BPS, Crisis, Disaster and Trauma section. Nerea is also a member of the following member networks: Clinical Psychologist, Psychology of Sexualities and Psychotherapy section.
Nerea is a Practitioner Psychologist (Health, Counselling and Clinical Psychologist) trained and qualified in Spain and also a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist trained and qualified in the UK with over 9 years of professional experience covering the following areas: Youth Custody Services (creation and set up a Family therapy Service), Neurodevelopmental Services (assessment, diagnosis and treatment: CBT and FT), Eating Disorders, Gender Identity Service, CAMHS inpatient/outpatient, Adult Psychotherapy, Integrated Psychological Therapies, Chronic Illness (Diabetes), Domestic Violence and Sexual abuse, gender Equality and Immigration and sociocultural integration. Nerea currently works in the NHS, in a recovery service for adults focus on complex and endurance mental health issues (PD, Psychosis, PTSD, Major depression and anxiety among others).
In the past, Nerea has been involved in some research areas such as Diabetes (impact and support for clients and relatives, developed a treatment program), Domestic violence (risk and protective factors for women), interpersonal relationships for adults in prison and Social support for people diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria. Nowadays, her primary research interests include first mental health aid after a crime incident, PTSD in young people after an offending behaviour/crime and family responses to trauma among others.
Nerea is also a member of the following professional bodies in the UK: HCPC, AFT and UKCP.
External representative - Nursing profession - Kate UptonShow content
Kate Upton is a Registered Adult Nurse and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and she serves on the Crisis Disaster and Trauma section committee.
She is currently an Independent Nursing/Medical Tutor and medical writer, as well as a visiting lecturer and Admissions Committee member at Aston University Medical School. Prior to this, she was a lecturer for 13 years in the School of Nursing at The University of Birmingham. Kate has had a number of academic and comment articles published in peer-reviewed journals. She is also a member of the Nursing Midwifery Council and the Royal College of Nursing.
Having completed and published a study investigating compassion fatigue and self-compassion in acute care nurses for her Masters in Research (MRes), Kate has continued her interest in the well-being of health care professionals and is presently developing a proposal for a Doctoral study at The University of Birmingham.
External representative (UKPTS) Mark McFetridgeShow content
Dr Mark McFetridge is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the BPS and he serves on the Crisis Disaster and Trauma section committee. Mark currently works as a Senior Lecturer at York StJohn University where he specialises in Group Psychotherapy.
He is also a member of the following professional bodies: UKPTS and his primary research interests include therapeutic interventions for people with Complex PTSD, Groups and Therapeutic Community approaches.
PsyPAG representative - vacantShow content
PsyPAG representative - vacant
Committee member - Paul OBrienShow content
Dr Paul O’Brien is a committee member of the BPS, Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section.
Dr Paul O’Brien is a Counselling Psychologist working with complex trauma, additions services and he is involved in organizational settings support staff exposed to trauma.
Co-opted member - Elaine JohnsonShow content
Dr Elaine Johnston is a newly co-opted member of the BPS, Crisis, Disaster and Trauma section. Elaine has extensive experience of working clinically with adults experiencing a wide ,range of stress and trauma presentations, including civilian and military populations, as well as training, supervision and supporting staff in the NHS and voluntary sector.Dr Johnston is currently the clinical psychology lead for the adult intensive care unit at Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Hospital TrustPrior to this, they worked for many years in clinical leadership roles across a range of NHS physical and mental health services before joining combats stress as the joint head of psychological therapies, contributing to delivering and developing psychological treatment and peer support for veterans with PTSD.
Dr Johnston completed her clinical psychology training in Edinburgh in 2011 and has undertaken further post-qualification training in CBT for psychological trauma at Oxford University, as well as training in EMDR.#Dr Elaine Johnston is also a member of the following professional bodies: BABCP, EMDR UK & Ireland, ISTSS and UKPTS. Dr Johnston has a specialist interest in the assessment and treatment of psychological reactions to stress and trauma.