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Research Committee  


The Research Committee is a forum in which strategic thinking about research policy and development takes place. It brings creativity and intellectual weight to BACP, to help shape research policy and activity. It comprises a Chair and members with specialist research interests as well as Committee members from external academic and professional bodies and international researchers.

The committee is an independent, expert, consultative group for the Head of Research and BACP. Its remit is to:

  1. Act as an independent Think Tank for the organisation. One of its key contributions will be to advise on facilitating a research culture within BACP and the profession.
  2. Advise on research issues and support BACP’s role in using evidence to engage in public debate and education about counselling and psychotherapy research.
  3. Consider strategies to identify and address the key challenges in research for BACP.
  4. Advise on the development of policy to embed research within the organisation and the profession.
  5. Ensure developments are timely and related to long-term objectives.
  6. Function as an independent, expert, consultative group for the Head of Research and BACP.
  7. Advise the Board of Governors on policy issues relating to research.

 

A list of the current committee members and their interests follows:

 
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Professor Michael Barkham
Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Centre for Psychological Services Research, University of Sheffield

       

Michael Barkham is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Centre for Psychological Services Research at the University of Sheffield. Previously he was Professor of Clinical & Counselling Psychology and Director of the Psychological Therapies Research Centre at the University of Leeds. He was a member of the team that carried out the Sheffield Psychotherapy Projects and also of the group that developed the CORE measures and system.

He is leading a randomised controlled trial comparing CfD and CBT funded by the BACP Research Foundation and is committed to combining trials methodology and practice-based evidence. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and past Joint Editor of the British Journal of Clinical Psychology.

   
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Professor Jennifer Beecham
Professor of Health and Social Care Economics, University of Kent
Professorial Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science 

           

Jennifer Beecham is Professor of Health and Social Care Economics at the University of Kent and a Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is Deputy Director of the PSSRU at the University of Kent. Professor Beecham has more than 25 years' experience in research, much of which includes an economic component. She leads the Unit Costs Programme at the University of Kent and the programme on Services for Children and Young People. Her research has covered a wide range of issues in community care, in particular evaluating services for adults with needs related to mental health and intellectual disabilities. Over the last 15 years or so, Professor Beecham has also worked on a number of studies of services for children and young people in using health, education and social care.

Professor Beecham's Google Scholar profile can be accessed here.

   
 
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Dr Jaime Delgadillo
Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Health Sciences, University of York
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust 

 

Jaime Delgadillo has a joint appointment as a visiting research fellow in the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group , University of York, and as a psychotherapist practicing in the NHS. His clinical interests are in the psychology of compulsive and addictive behaviours, and the treatment of depression and anxiety problems. He has led a number of pragmatic randomised controlled trials in the NHS, including a trial of psychological interventions for people with depression and comorbid addictions, and a trial comparing different psychological treatments for obsessive compulsive disorder. His contribution to the addictions field has been recognised with the Society for the Study of Addiction 2013 Fred Yates Prize. Jaime currently chairs the Northern IAPT Practice Research Network, a clinical-academic collaboration aiming to inform policy and practice through the generation of practice-based evidence.

   
   
 
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Professor Michael King
Director of the Division of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Brain Science, UCL

 

Michael King is Director of the Division of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychiatry). He is a psychiatric epidemiologist who has a particular interest in the design and conduct of randomised trials of complex mental health interventions in primary and secondary care. He is joint-director of PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit (www.ucl.ac.uk/priment), which specialises in the conduct of clinical trials in community settings.  He has undertaken a number of trials of the effectiveness of brief talking therapies in primary and secondary health care. He also undertakes observational research which includes national surveys of mental health in the UK, and cohort studies in European populations to understand the risks for mental disorders.  He uses analysis of large national data bases (e.g. The Health Improvement Network and the National Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys) to explore prevalence of psychiatric disorders, risk factors, treatment uptake and outcomes. He has recently developed the first risk algorithms for major depression, anxiety disorders and alcohol use disorder which are modelled along the lines of risk algorithms for cardiac disease and other illnesses. He and his colleagues are applying this algorithm in research into prevention of major depression in primary care populations. His other interests include the mental health and well-being of gay, lesbian and bisexual people, interventions for patients in the late stages of cancer, the role of religious and spiritual beliefs in mental well-being and gene-environment interactions in the epidemiology of mental disorders.

   
 
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Dr Clare Symons 

Joint Head of Research BACP 

 

Clare is a BACP senior accredited counsellor/psychotherapist with experience of working therapeutically in a range of settings including private practice, the voluntary sector and higher education. For the past 10 years she has worked as a trainer of counsellors and psychotherapists, most recently at the University of Leicester, teaching on BACP accredited counsellor training courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is also a clinical supervisor of trainees on placement in a variety of clinical settings.  The focus of her doctoral research was ethical complaints and complaining behaviour, and other research interests include power and responsibility in the therapeutic relationship, boundaries under pressure and therapeutic decision-making. 

   
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Professor Roz Shafran (Chair)

Chair of Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment at the University of Reading

 

Roz Shafran is the Charlie Waller Chair of Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment at the University of Reading. She has published extensively in the areas of cognitive behavioural theory and therapy for anxiety disorders (in particular obsessive compulsive disorder), eating disorders and clinical perfectionism. She is the founder of the Charlie Waller Institute of Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment which trains clinicians in the full range of psychological therapies with scientific support, and she conducts research to add to the evidence-base. She received the 2010 British Psychological Society award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology in recognition of the work of the Institute. She is committed to ensuring that effective psychotherapies are broadly and properly disseminated. She is the Scientific Co-Chair of the annual conference for the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and an associate editor of Behaviour Research and Therapy. 

   
   
   
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Professor Panos Vostanis
Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Leicester
Consultant at the Leicestershire child mental health service 

 

Panos is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Leicester in the UK, and Consultant at the Leicestershire child mental health service.

In his clinical capacity, he works with a mental health service designated for vulnerable children, young people and families, i.e. in care, homeless, adopted, refugees, and young offenders.

In his academic capacity, Panos is actively involved in a number of research projects on the assessment of mental health needs, evaluation of treatment and services for traumatized children and young people, including those living in war zones.

He is particularly interested in international collaboration in training and research, and is currently involved in several projects with centres from Asia, Europe and Africa. 

   
   
  
 
       
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