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Public Engagement

The History of Psychology Centre is responsible for organising a variety of public engagement activities designed to increase the public awareness of psychology and its rich and varied history.

These events take two forms:

  • History of Psychology Seminars
  • Stories of Psychology Symposia

Please consult the appropriate tab below for further details.

The History of Psychology Centre, in conjunction with UCL's Centre for the History of the Psychological Disciplines, is pleased to present the following seminars for 2017.

Further events will be added as they are announced.

Monday 27 November- Professor Marco Innamorati (University of Rome II)

'The pope and the unconscious: The speeches of Pius XII on psychotherapy in 1952-1953, Agostino Gemelli's commentary, and psychoanalysis in Italy'

SELCS Common Room (G24)
Foster Court, Malet Place
University College London

Time: 18:00-19:30

For more information please contact Professor Sonu Shamdasani at UCL (020 7679 8154)

For tickets/registration please click here.

Monday 30 October - Dr Martin Liebscher (UCL)

'C.J. Jung and the Berneuchen Movement: Meditation and Active Imagination in Jungian Psychotherapy and Protestant Spiritual Practice in the 1930s

Monday 13 November - Alex Woodcock (UCL)

'The psychologies of utopia and reality: E.H. Carr, 1919–1939

There are currently no scheduled Stories of Psychology events.

Women in Psychology: From Invisibility to Influence

Thursday 19th October 2017, 10.30am–4.30pm

Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, University of London


  • Professor Elizabeth Valentine (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Dr Katherine Hubbard (University of Surrey
  • Dr Nick Midgley (Anna Freud Centre)
  • Professor Jan Burns (Canterbury Christ Church University)
  • Professor Dame Vicki Bruce (Newcastle University)

Clinically Applied: Origins of a Profession

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, University of London

Convened by Professor John Hall (Oxford Brookes University)

The topic of this year's symposium was chosen as a curtain raiser for the start of the 50th anniversary year of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) in 2016. It looks forward to the Golden Anniversary by looking back at the development of clinical psychology as a profession, a history that reaches back beyond the foundation of the DCP in 1966.


  • Emeritus Professor Bill Yule (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London) 
  • Dr Jennifer Clegg (University of Nottingham) 
  • Dr Anne Richardson (formerly of University College London and Department of Health) 
  • Professor Bob Woods (Bangor University) 
  • Dr Saima Lofgren (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust)

War and Its Legacy

Wednesday 8 October 2014

Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, University of London

Convened by Dr Alan Collins (Lancaster University)

This year's symposium is part of the British Psychological Society's planned series of events to mark the centenary of the First World War.


  • Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes (Anglia Ruskin University, and BPS President Elect) 
  • Professor Edgar Jones (Institute of Psychiatry) 
  • Professor Michael Roper (University of Essex) 
  • Professor Sonu Shamdasani (University College London) 
  • Andrea von Hohenthal (University of Freiburg, Germany)
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