Anglia Ruskin professor to lead UK psychologists

Published: 9 May 2014 at 10:47

British Psychological Society appoints new President for 2015/16

Anglia Ruskin University professor Jamie Hacker Hughes has been named as President of the British Psychological Society for 2015/16. He will serve a year as President Elect before taking up his role. The announcement was made at the society’s AGM.

Professor Hacker Hughes is director of the Veterans and Families Institute at Anglia Ruskin, which was launched last month with Simon Weston OBE as patron.

He is also an independent mental health expert and worked for the Ministry of Defence as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist from 1999 until 2011, where he became Head of Clinical psychology for the MoD and 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.

Professor Hacker Hughes said:

“It is really great that I will be in a position to champion, lead, shape and develop British psychology over the next few years.
“I’m hugely grateful to Professors Barbara Wilson and Adrian Furnham, both of whom were great influences during my postgraduate and undergraduate studies, for proposing and seconding me and to all those who voted for me.
“This is a massive privilege and I commit myself to doing all I can for British psychology and for our psychologists during my term of office.”