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Towards the new normal, and beyond...

01 May 2020

As psychologists look to a future beyond Coronavirus, questions are being asked on how the public might respond to one of the most devastating global pandemics the world has ever seen.

Covid-19: Towards the new normal, and beyond...

There is global acknowledgment that society has suffered a collective trauma, experienced mass confusion, heightened anxiety, and increased depression both physical and financial.

In these new parameters we are interested to examine several key questions including: how will psychology help to heal a world that has been forced to change beyond what was imagined; what will the lessons learnt look like, and how can psychological practice support the emerging world post-Coronavirus?


Dr Rowena Hill

Dr Rowena Hill is a principal lecturer and active researcher. Dr Hill lecturers across the school of social sciences at Nottingham Trent University. She provides leadership, strategic, and operational management across the school. Building opportunities for knowledge exchange between academics, communities, students, and organisations.

Dr Hill’s research work focuses on the wellbeing of the individual and their family within critical occupations particularly the emergency services. Her research work includes pathways of secondary trauma, perceptions of risk, growth, resilience, and aspects of disaster response work and wellbeing. 

Professor Susan Michie

Professor of health psychology and director for the centre for behaviour change at University College London, Susan Michie has been a distinct and insightful voice in supporting the UK government.

Professor Michie is a member of the government’s advisory group, the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behavioural Science. Professor Michie’s research work has focused on behaviour change in relation to health, how to understand it theoretically, and apply theory to intervention development, evaluation, and to evidence synthesis. She holds more than 25 research grants and has published more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles and two books.

A frequently heard expert voice in today’s media Professor Michie was most recently featured in The Telegraph urging the government to rethink its guidance to the over 70s regarding shielding.

Kathryn Scott

Kathryn is the director of policy at the British Psychological Society. She is responsible for the BPS’s work on taking psychological evidence into the heart of government in order to secure lasting change in public policy. Immediately prior to joining the BPS, she worked as a public health strategist for the London borough of Hackney.  

Kathryn also has longstanding experience in the charity and advocacy sector. During her time at Save the Children UK, she worked on several policy and advocacy issues including Save the Children's priority No Child Born to Die campaign. She holds an MA in International Politics from the University of Newcastle and a BA in Journalism and Psychology from City University

Jon Sutton

Jon is the editor of The Psychologist, the official magazine of the BPS. The Psychologist serves as a forum for communication, discussion, and debate on a range of psychological topics, and publishes a wide range of scientific, professional and personal formats.

Jon joined the BPS in 2000 following a psychology lectureship at Glasgow Caledonian University. As managing editor, Jon introduced the Research Digest, which he now oversees. 

He is a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the BPS.


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