Military Psychologist becomes President of the British Psychological Society

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes from Anglia Ruskin University is the new President of the British Psychological Society.

He begins his one-year term at the Society’s Annual Meeting today, Wednesday 6 May. The AGM is held during the Society’s 2015 Annual Conference in Liverpool (5 to 7 May).

Professor Hacker Hughes was the Founder Director of the Veterans and Families Institute at Anglia Ruskin University and Is currently Visiting Professor of Military Psychology. He is also an independent psychological healthcare consultant with a practice in central London. He specialises in military and veteran psychological health and in the assessment and treatment of psychotrauma.

Professor Hacker Hughes said: “I am honoured to be following several highly distinguished psychologists to become the Society’s 81st President. I hope to use my time in the Presidency to help to increase psychology’s visibility in society and in the media and to maximise its impact on policy and legislation. Psychology has so much to offer in every sphere of life in the UK, and it is the role of our Society to show how we can be of help in so many ways. I urge all psychologists to join me in helping our Society to get this message across, not only this year but also in the years to come.”

Professor Hacker Hughes worked for the Ministry of Defence as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist from 1999 to 2011, where he had a particular interest in the psychological preparation of troops for military operations and in clinical interventions, especially early interventions, to minimise any psychological after-effects of combat. In this regard, he visited many operational theatres including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and worked with international colleagues around the world.

He became Head of Defence Clinical Psychology in 2007, was appointed Defence Consultant Advisor in Psychology in 2009 and was responsible for introducing a uniformed role for clinical psychologists into the British Army. His last NHS post was as Clinical Lead for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service in Mid Essex.

At the Society’s AGM it was also announced that Professor Peter Kinderman has been elected as President for 2016-7. He will serve a year as President Elect while Professor Hacker Hughes is President.

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