Guest Lecture – Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes

20th Jan 2016, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Edge Hill University


The role and relevance of psychology in today’s world – Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, President of the British Psychological Society

Few, if any, disciplines other than psychology span the period from before conception to after death, embracing all the interactions that humans have with their environment between those two milestones.

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes will visit Edge Hill University to discuss the many facets of this fascinating discipline, both pure and applied. Tracing the beginnings of the subject to the beginning of last century, the many specialist areas which have developed since then will be explored, and numerous examples illustrated showing the relevance of psychology to today’s world.

Professor Hacker Hughes, 81st President (2014-5) of the British Psychological Society, is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Clinical Neuropsychologist.

He has worked in the field of psychotraumatology for 20 years. After an initial 5 years working in the NHS, Professor Hacker Hughes worked as a consultant clinical psychologist with the MoD for 12 years, during which time he was the first senior lecturer in military psychology at the newly founded Academic Centre of Defence Mental Health at King’s College London. He later became Head of Defence Clinical Psychology and the MoD’s first Defence Consultant Advisor in Psychology. He travelled widely to operational areas including Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan and worked extensively in international collaborations with NATO, and Partnership for Peace colleagues.

Professor Hacker Hughes has published widely with nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers, books, book chapters and conference papers and he has lectured on his specialist field of psychological trauma around the world. He is known for trying to make his subject area accessible to all and easily understood with frequent appearances in the media as well as features in a plethora of national radio programmes and newspapers.


  • 17.30 – Arrival and Refreshments
  • 18.00 – Lecture
  • 19.15 – Networking and Refreshments

Presented by the Department of Psychology

This event is part of a wider programme of events taking place at Edge Hill over the coming months as part of the Festival of Ideas 2016, a diverse range of events exploring culture, health and society. The main theme is Imagining Better – envisioning ways for communities, arts and healthcare to develop and flourish, even in times of austerity and inequality. 

Details of all events can be found here