The North East of England Branch representing psychologists across the North East of England extending from the River Tweed to the Wash and from Hull to the borders of Lancashire.
Chair - Paul John GriffithsShow content
Paul-John Griffiths became Chair to the North East Branch Committee of the British Psychological Society (BPS) during the rescheduled AGM in December 2020, having served as an elected Committee Member before then. He holds an Honours Degree in Psychology & Law, a Masters Degree in Criminological Psychology; Chartered, and an Associate Fellow of the BPS, HCPC Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist (Forensic), and a Parish Councillor within North Yorkshire; with a special interest in Rural Businesses.
Paul has worked as a Forensic Psychologist with special interest in individuals who experience life difficulties, through drink and drugs, personality disorders, trauma, sexualised, and violent behaviour. His clinical research findings have been presented throughout the UK and Europe. Since 1999 Paul has been in private practice providing consultancy within the civil and criminal justice systems in both the UK and Isle of Mann. Private and Public institutional experience, enables Paul to work with individuals, groups and systems, an advocate of Therapeutic Communities, and a Practitioner of Brief Strategic Therapy.
Since 1999, Paul has provided evidence in a number of high profile cases, also provided opinion as an Independent Practitioner to the Parole Board and Mental Health Tribunals in the UK. He currently sits of the Advisory Panel to HMP Grendon (GAP), the UK’s prestigious Therapeutic Prison in Buckinghamshire, as well as an active committee member to BPS Special Group for Independent Practitioners (SGIP), and Honorary Consultant to the Complex Trauma Institute (CTI) based in the UK.
Past-chair - Melanie Dawn-DouglassShow content
Dr Melanie Dawn Douglass (Past Chair of NEEB) holds the post of Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for the Psychology Foundation Year at York St John University. She completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University, specialising in animal behaviour and evolutionary psychology, before studying for a Master's degree at the University of Toronto, investigating the factors that predicted severity of violent recidivism in a sample of offenders with mental disorders.
Melanie completed her PhD at Glasgow Caledonian University, investigating the individuals factors involved in confession decisions. Primary research interests include the underlying evolutionary and biological mechanisms that influence behaviour, particularly intimate interpersonal interactions.
Having an interest in multiple areas of psychology allows her to apply knowledge from one area to research questions in other areas, which enhances critical analytical skills. Current research includes: how individual differences affect perceptions of domestic abuse and sexual violence (esp. in bystanders), individual differences in intimate partner jealousy and the resulting behaviours (e.g. domestic abuse and stalking), and the mental health implications of sexual victimisation. Melanie is most interested in collaborating and supervising projects that overlap with her areas of interest.
Honorary Treasurer - Lydia EbdonShow content
Lydia Ebdon (NEEB Committee Treasurer) joined the committee in Spring 2021. Lydia is a graduate member of the BPS with an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Liverpool. She is also an ICAEW Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser.
Until 2015, Lydia spent her entire career in business, working with businesses large and small, including as a regulator and including running her own tax and accountancy practice. She currently sits on the Disciplinary Committee for the ICAEW, having previously been a member of its governing Council and its local branch committee.
Lydia has always been passionate about good governance. This led her to start researching aspects of psychology underlying corporate governance. She now plans to sell her accountancy and tax practice, to progress her governance work towards publication. Lydia lives in the North East of England Region, where she enjoys getting out and about, training horses, and reading and writing poetry when time permits.
Committee Member / Newsletter Editor - Grant McGeechanShow content
Committee Member - Julie FreebornShow content
Committee Member - Liam MylesShow content
Liam Myles (NEEB Committee Member) was brought up in the North East and studied Psychology at Durham University graduating with a First Class Honours Degree; he was awarded the Gabbett Prize, and the BPS Award, for achieving within his cohort, the highest overall mark in Undergraduate Psychology.
In 2019, he joined the North East of England Branch (NEEB); his home is in North Yorkshire and currently works as an Assistant Psychologist in London, aspiring to ultimately undertake doctoral clinical psychology training.
Liam is already an established Researcher, having worked with various UK institutions, including Durham University, University of Leeds, University of Leicester; and internationally, with Université d'Artois and University of Messina. He has developed an avid interest in the mechanisms underpinning psychological difficulties, publishing 14 articles to date on this topic, and hopes that his research will lead to the development of novel interventions to help those who have not benefited from traditional therapeutic approaches.
Liam brings this passion for clinical psychology to the NEEB and helps other aspiring clinical and applied psychologists, get more involved in actively pursuing this fascinating science further in their particular fields.
Committee Member - Tina DavyShow content
Committee Member - Joe GauntShow content
Joe Gaunt (NEEB Committee Member) joined the committee in Spring 2021, having long standing business and commercial experience as Board Director, Managing Director, CEO and Founder of a number of health related organisations.
He is currently based in Leeds, but completing his Masters in Health Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University.
His current organisation is a multi award winning health technology and services business, looking after 100's of organisations from elite sports teams, to over 70's residents in retirement settings.
Moreover, Joe is an Advisor at Brathay Trust, a charitable organisation that has a mission to improve the life chances of children, young people and families by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities.
Joe also still finds time to be mentor for Masters Students at Leeds Business School, together in being a Virgin Start-Up Mentor.
Forensic Psychology (NE) Representative - Paul GriffithsShow content
PsyPAG Representative - Jake PywellShow content