Tanya Byron, sitting on an easy chair, smiling

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, writer and broadcaster Dr. Tanya Byron made history today by confirming that she will become the first ever Chancellor of Edge Hill University. Her appointment is another major milestone in the development of Edge Hill since it received university status in May 2006.

Dr Byron said: “When I found out that Edge Hill University began life as the first non-denominational teacher training college for women in 1885, I knew immediately that here was an institution rooted in profound and fundamental educational and social innovation and change. Looking at its many excellent courses, so many vocational, and all rated so highly by the students taking them, Edge Hill continues its pioneering and inspired educational tradition, first set down over 123 years ago. It was an honour to be asked to be the first Chancellor of this fantastic university and a privilege to accept!”

John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University said: “We are extremely happy to welcome Dr Byron to her new role at the University at what is an exciting time of unprecedented growth at Edge Hill. Not only is Dr. Byron instantly recognisable from her television work, she is also a respected practitioner in the health, education and social care fields, with a long history of clinical practice. I know that her appointment will inspire our students.”

Dr. Byron did her first degree in psychology at York, her clinical psychology masters training at University College London and her doctorate which looked at the treatment of cocaine, amphetamine and ecstasy misusers at University College Hospital and the University of Surrey.

She has worked in the NHS for almost 20 years in the drug dependency, HIV/AIDS and sexual health, adult mental health and eating disorders services. She was the consultant of an in-patient unit for 12 to 16 year olds with severe mental health problems and child protection issues. Dr. Byron now works one day a week as a consultant in child and adolescent mental health.

Dr Byron is the patron of the charity Prospex that works with disadvantaged young people in a deprived area of north London.

In 2007 Dr. Byron was commissioned by the Government to conduct an independent review into the risks to children posed by the internet and video games.

Dr. Byron also presents television and radio programmes on child behaviour, science and current affairs. Tanya also writes with Jennifer Saunders.

She has published four books on child behaviour most recently Your Child Month by Month – a guide to child development and the early years with Dorling Kindersley. In addition Dr. Byron writes a weekly column for the Times newspaper and for several magazines.