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Defence and Security Psychology Section

Defence and Security is considered to be a domain of overlapping concerns arising from military, political, economic, criminal and legal activities affecting the well-being of the nation.


Wherever there is a human keeping Britain safe, there are psychologists working to support them, and the purpose of the Defence and Security Section is to provide a platform for psychologists working in these areas to share their experience, knowledge and best practice.

The field is broad, from government work on the security of our transport networks, to academic and clinical investigation of mental health in our Armed and Security forces and everything in between.

Primarily, the section seeks to: 

  1. Bring together practitioners and researchers from the Defence and Security areas in order to share knowledge and expertise.   
  2. Develop and promote a community of Defence and Security Psychologists by increasing the membership of the section.
  3. Identify areas of interest to the community in order to direct our focus.
Defence and Security Psychology Section


Defence and Security Psychology Section




This is an initial set of resources that may be of interest to section members It is not comprehensive but hopefully there will be something of interest to everyone.

If you have additional resources you would like to see added, please contact the committee.

Articles of interest

Psychology can be applied to a broad range of defence and security questions and so there is a vast amount of published research. Below is a small selection of recent artciles that may be of interest to section members:


Chair: Simon Bowyer ([email protected])

Honorary Treasurer: Gabriella Sherry

Committee Members

  • Antoinette Caird-Daley
  • Camilla Braine
  • Catherine Hitch
  • Fiona Butcher
  • Iain Reid
  • Lorraine Falvey
  • Martin Jones
  • Pam Richards
  • Rebecca McKeown

PsyPAG Representative: Vacant


Membership of the Defence and Security Psychology Section is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

If you are not already a BPS member, you can join the Section at the same time as applying for membership of the society.

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Benefits of belonging

Benefits of Defence and Security Psychology Section Membership

  • Full access to our website
  • Opportunities to influence and take part in the development of the section
  • Opportunity to voice your opinion, either at the Section's AGM and/or by becoming a member of the section's committee
  • Regular updates via our membership announcement e-mail list

Member Announcement Email List

The Defence and Security Psychology Section uses its membership announcement email list to inform its members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues. 

By becoming a member of the Section you are automatically added to the announcement list.

To receive these emails you will need to:

  1. become a member of the Defence and Security Psychology Section
  2. opt into receiving email communication and provide a working email address

These preferences can be updated by logging into your member portal.

If you have any queries, please contact Member Network Services.

To assist us in responding to your query please make sure to include your membership number and quote 'Defence and Security Psychology Section announcement email' in the subject line.

Getting involved with the Defence and Security Psychology Committee

The Defence and Security Psychology Section relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Section is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or student members, and together form an open and inclusive community.