Professor Kate Bullen, Applied Social Science Head of School and Professor of Psychology, has been elected as President of the British Psychological Society (BPS). The BPS is the second largest psychological association in the world, second only to the American Psychological Association.
Kate is a member and chair of several key committees including Chair of the Ethics Committee and the Social Justice, Inclusion and Diversity Working Group. She has been a member of the BPS for 25 years and was made a Fellow of the Society in 2016.
Kate will join the Presential team over a three year period; firstly as President Elect from 2017-2018, as President from May 2018 – May 2019, and then finally as Vice-President from May 2019 – 2020.
Kate said “I really am delighted to have the opportunity to join the presidential team and become BPS President in 2019/20. The fact that the annual conference is being held in Brighton this year makes this announcement particularly pleasing. The BPS Ethics Committee is also responsible for equality and, as chair, I proposed Social Justice as one of the conference themes and this was adopted. A very impressive number of our psychologists are presenting at the conference under this theme.
“I will continue to support the social justice agenda throughout my term as President. My intention is to carry on advocating the position that more women are needed in leadership roles in psychology, both in academia, and in professional practice.”