The Research Committee advises on research issues and policies relating to research. It helps us identify and address research challenges, supporting us in using evidence to encourage public debate and education about counselling and psychotherapy. It works to encourage and embed a research culture within BACP and the profession.

Committee members

Professor Roz Shafran (Chair)

Roz Shafran is founder and chair of the Charlie Waller Institute of Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment at the University of Reading, which trains clinicians in all psychological therapies with scientific support. She received the 2010 British Psychological Society award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology in recognition of the Institute’s work.

She is committed to ensuring that effective psychotherapies are broadly and properly made known and has published extensively on CBT for anxiety disorders, eating disorders and clinical perfectionism. She is the scientific co-chair of the annual conference for the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and associate editor of Behaviour Research and Therapy.

Professor Michael Barkham

Michael Barkham is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Centre for Psychological Services Research at the University of Sheffield. He was previously Professor of Clinical and Counselling Psychology and Director of the Psychological Therapies Research Centre at the University of Leeds. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and past joint editor of the British Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Michael worked on the Sheffield Psychotherapy Projects and helped develop the CORE measures and system. He is currently leading a trial comparing counselling for depression (CfD) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) funded by the BACP Research Foundation.

Professor Jennifer Beecham

Jennifer Beecham is Professor of Health and Social Care Economics and Deputy Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the University of Kent. She is also a Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Jennifer has more than 25 years' experience in research, often with an economic element. She leads the Unit Costs Programme at the University of Kent and the Services for Children and Young People programme. Her research has covered many community care issues, particularly services for adults with needs mental health needs and intellectual disabilities.

Dr Jaime Delgadillo

Jaime Delgadillo is a visiting research fellow in the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group, University of York, and a psychotherapist practising in the NHS. His clinical interests are in compulsive and addictive behaviours and depression and anxiety problems. He has led NHS trials on psychological interventions for people with depression and comorbid addictions, and comparing different psychological treatments for obsessive compulsive disorder. He received the 2013 Fred Yates prize from the Society for the Study of Addictions in recognition of his contribution to the field.

Jaime chairs the Northern IAPT Practice Research Network, a clinical-academic collaboration aiming to inform policy and practice through practice-based evidence

Professor Michael King

Michael King is director of the Division of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL and joint director of PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit, which conducts clinical trials in community settings. A psychiatric epidemiologist, he is interested in complex mental health interventions in primary and secondary care. He has undertaken trials into the effectiveness of brief talking therapies and conducted national surveys of mental health in the UK and Europe to understand the risks for mental disorders.

Michael developed the first risk algorithms for major depression, anxiety disorders and alcohol use disorder modelled on those for cardiac disease. These are now being applied in research into preventing depression in primary care.

Dr Naomi Moller

Naomi Moller is joint Head of Research at BACP and a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology at the Open University. She trained as a counselling psychologist and has herself trained counsellors and psychologists. Her research is focused on relationships, including internet-mediated infidelity and the impact of reproductive technologies on family. She also has a long standing interest in diversity in the context of counselling. Naomi is committed to promoting expertise in the counselling professions and to championing research that supports best practice.

Dr Clare Symons

Clare Symons is joint Head of Research at BACP and a senior accredited counsellor and psychotherapist with experience in private practice, the voluntary sector and higher education. For the past 10 years she has trained counsellors and psychotherapists, most recently at the University of Leicester where she taught on BACP accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She is also a clinical supervisor of trainees on placement in a variety of clinical settings. Clare's doctoral research focused on ethical complaints and complaining behaviour, and other research interests include power and responsibility in the therapeutic relationship, boundaries under pressure and therapeutic decision-making.

Professor Panos Vostanis

Panos is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Leicester. He is also consultant at Leicestershire child mental health service where he works with vulnerable children, young people and families, such as those in care, homeless, adopted, refugees and young offenders.

Panos is actively involved in research projects on the assessment of mental health needs, evaluation of treatment and services for traumatised children and young people, including those living in war zones. He is particularly interested in international collaboration in training and research, and is involved with projects in Asia, Europe and Africa. He is also editor of BACP’s Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal.