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Pioneers and innovators honoured by BPS Practice Board

09 June 2020

A pioneer of parenting programmes has won this year’s Lifetime Achievement in Psychology Award from the British Psychological Society’s Practice Board.

BPS Fellow Professor Judy Hutchings, an NHS consultant clinical psychologist for many years, based her programmes on social learning theory. As a member of a World Health Organization project group, she has trained people around the world in helping to prevent violence against children.

The board’s Distinguished Contribution to Practice Award has gone to Professor Rona Moss-Morris, an expert on the psychological factors that affect how people experience physical symptoms and adjust to long-term conditions.

She led the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme on long-term physical health conditions, which was pioneering in the way it incorporated health psychology.

The board also made two Innovation in Practice Awards. Dr Emma Svanberg was recognised for her use of Instagram and a website to make free resources on birth trauma available to parents and professionals. The team led by Lucie Byrne-Davis received the award for the Cards for Change project, which uses playing cards to help people learn about and use behaviour change techniques.

Alison Clarke, chair of the BPS Practice Board, said:

“These awards exist to enable us to celebrate the great work done by our members in their faithful application of their skills and talents to the practice of psychology for the benefit of all whom they serve.

“We are delighted to celebrate the dedication of this year’s winners. I know lots more good work is being done by many more great people and we hope to receive nominations for them next year.”


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