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Male Psychology Section

The aim of the Male Psychology Section is to take a lead in promoting awareness, research, teaching and understanding of male psychology in order to improve the well-being of men and boys alongside the women and girls who share their lives.

About

Male psychology studies the thinking, emotion and behaviour of men and boys and the factors which have an impact on them.

The members of the Male Psychology Section believe that these and other issues (especially those which disproportionately affect men and boys, such as suicide, homelessness, addiction, imprisonment and educational underachievement) are not being sufficiently addressed by those in a position to help e.g. in the government, health services and the media.

For example, many people don't realise that three-quarters of suicides are by men and that boys have been falling behind girls in education since the 1980s.

The Section aims to expand our understanding of the full diversity of the human condition on an inclusive basis by enriching our knowledge of men and boys alongside women and girls, both in their differences and in their common humanity.

A better understanding of the gendered needs of men and boys will also enable the development of more tailored and appropriate psychological interventions for male service users to the benefit of all in society.

Male Psychology Section

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Male Psychology Section

Events

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Books

Book reviews

'Helping Male Survivors of Sexual Violation to Recover: An integrative approach – stories from therapy' by Sarah Van Gogh

"...'Helping Male Survivors of Sexual Violation to Recover', can be considered a valuable asset to therapists of any school who want to learn effective approaches to help men to overcome the trauma of child sexual abuse."

Read the review

Journal articles

Psychologist articles

'How is a man supposed to be a man?'

Editor of The Psychologist Jon Sutton reports from a British Psychological Society Male Psychology Section mini-conference.

Being a Man - putting life before death

Martin Seager and David Wilkins address the need for this special feature on male psychology.

Engaging with the emotional lives of men

Roger Kingerlee, Duncan Precious, Luke Sullivan and John Barry consider the design of male-specific services and interventions.

Chair

Benjamin Hine

June 2023-2025

Appointed Members

Kevin Wright

Treasurer: June 2022 – 2025

Dr Kevin Wright is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Fellow of the BPS.

He previously worked as a High Intensity integrative psychotherapy in the IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Treatment) service in south London and is still now also an EAP affiliate for various provider companies (Employment Assistance Programmes) offering free brief therapy to employees and their family members via their employer including treating many accident victims suffering from PTSD.

He is an Expert witness carrying out psychological and cognitive assessments for the family (custody & care proceedings), immigration & criminal courts and he also runs numerous resilience workshops for senior legal professionals working for the CPS. He is also committee member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (UK Chapter). His PhD research focussed on stress in the work place and the changes in coping strategies as a result of brief therapy treatment via an EAP programme, through this he became interested in the gender differences in responses.

He is at present focussing how to offer a brief effective protocol for the treatment of PTSD also looking at gender differences in responses; the role/importance of fathers in the prevention of crime in young men

Tim Watson

June 2022 – 2025

Tim is currently working as a self-employed Educational and Child Psychologist with families and schools, mainly in the Northwest of England. Prior to setting up his own practice, New Horizons Psychology Ltd, he was a senior psychologist in a local authority also in the Northwest of England. 

Tim has worked for over thirty years in the fields of education, social care and psychology. During this time, he has developed interests and knowledge in the social and emotional aspects of learning as well as in the areas of resilience, developmental trauma, identity and the lives lived by 'care experienced' children.

As well as working with schools and families, Tim is involved with an independent fostering agency, in the North of England. He provides consultation support and training within this organisation.

Tim currently supervises a range of psychology, education, and safeguarding professionals. He is an accredited trainer by the CPD Certification Service and has delivered seminars and workshops at a regional and national level.

Tim has been a contributor to the education psychology courses at Edge Hill University and has been an external reviewer for a 'learning passport' developed for refugees and 'a positive psychology' intervention for teenagers. Tim has been a facilitator of conflict transformation training (Integrative Complexity - IC). IC has been developed and licenced through the University of Cambridge and is focused on reducing radicalisation and extremism. 

Tim has recently been part of a British Psychological Society (BPS) working group, who are developing the national supervision guidelines for all fields of psychology.

He is on the committee for the Male Psychology section of the BPS because he is passionate about ensuring that current research and 'lived experience', helps to promote equity for men and boys within government policies and media representation.

Tim has recently given presentations on the topic of 'retelling the message of toxic masculinity'.

John Barry

June 2022 – 2025

John Barry is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Honorary Lecturer in Psychology at University College London, clinical hypnotherapist, and author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications on a variety of topics in psychology and medicine, including many on Male Psychology.

He has also co-authored letters to The Psychologist to raise awareness of issues relevant to Male Psychology.

John co-founded both the Male Psychology Network and the Male Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and has been lead organiser of the Male Psychology Conference (2014-present), and co-editor of the Palgrave Handbook of Male Psychology and Mental Health (2019). Previous to the role of Chair, he has been the Honorary Secretary of the Male Psychology Section.

John's interest is not only in Male Psychology; his PhD was on the Psychological Aspects of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which is also the title of his book published by Palgrave Macmillan (2019). His new book, Perspectives in Male Psychology: An Introduction, co-authored with Louise Liddon, is being published by Wiley in Dec 2020

Rebecca Owens

June 2022 – 2025

Dr Rebecca Owens is a lecturer in Psychology at the University off Sunderland, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Chartered member of the BPS.

Becci has worked at Sunderland for ten years, during her PhD as an academic tutor, and gaining a permanent contract on completion of her PhD in 2016. Her PhD examined competitiveness in men, taking an evolutionary perspective on sex differences in physiology, endocrinology, and how these impact on male psychology.

This led to an interest in sex differences generally, with a focus on male psychology specifically. Becci is interested in distortions in the perceptions of men and women, such as the Gamma bias; the impact of gender roles on mental health and wellbeing, and sex differences in the response to trauma and psychological distress.

Other research areas Becci is interested in, separately and in conjunction with male psychology, is body modifications, and mating strategies, sex and relationships.

Becci is also a co-author of a chapter in the Palgrave Handbook of Male Psychology and Mental Health 2019 "From Fetuses to Boys to Men: The Impact of Testosterone on Male Lifespan Development."

Helen Driscoll

June 2023 – 2026

Andi Dunn

June 2023 – 2026

Dr Sue Whitcombe, DCounPsych, CPsychol, AFBPsS

June 2023 – 2026

Hello all – just a little about me and my interest in male psychology.

I been working with children and families now for 30 years – in childcare, education and psychology - but I started out in manufacturing engineering.   Many of the young people, mainly young men, I employed had poor literacy and numeracy skills - I felt they hadn't been well served by the education system.  This led to me re-training as a teacher.  Here I developed a desire to better understand and tackle the barriers faced by young people, mainly boys labelled as SEBD, which led to me studying psychology. 

As a HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist much of my work is with separated families and people experiencing family breakdown. I work with those who have experience of intimate partner violence or domestic abuse, particularly post-separation abuse.  I can't help but notice the chasm that exists in recognition, understanding and provision of support between male and female victim-survivors, and perpetrators.  

My interest extends too to the mental health and life challenges of men – our willingness as a society to recognise general sex differences and respond accordingly.  Changing male roles, discrimination against men as fathers and in certain occupations, the global high suicide rate of men, and sexual abuse and exploitation of boys and young men.

I am current Chair of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology.

Alexandra Kirby

June 2023 – 2026

Elizabeth Bates

June 2024 – 2027; Past Chair: June 2023 -2024

Kiran Marwaha

November 2019

Kiran Marwaha is a current MSc student studying Psychological Therapies via distance learning at Queen Mary University.

Her interest in male psychology was sparked by reading the shocking statistic about men being 3 times more likely to take their own lives than women and began to ask herself whether we were missing out crucial parts of men's experiences in psychological research and intervention. As a person with a disability herself, Kiran is excited to take up this position as Disability rep to look how the experience of disability could be shaped in various ways by being male. This is a broad topic area and she is keen to look at it from many angles using whatever research methodology suits our questions.

Her other interests in psychology include criticality around distress and community psychology. Kiran has been doing comedy improv for several months which she loves and is also a quizzer in the quiz league of London.

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Benefits of Male Psychology Section Membership

  • Full access to our website
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  • Opportunity to voice your opinion, either at the Section's AGM and/or by becoming a member of the section's committee
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Getting involved with Male Psychology Section Committee

The Male 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.