Chartered Scientist


About CSci

Dr Liz Campbell

CSci CPsychol AFBPsS

I am a member of the British Psychological Society, the professional and learned body for psychologists in the UK. The British Psychological Society has its own Royal Charter for awarding professional awards. I am an Associate Fellow of the Society, a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a Chartered Forensic Psychologist. I was very keen to apply for the Chartered Scientist award as I believe that it is a way of making explicit the scientific roots of psychology and the fact that psychological practice is deep-rooted in research evidence.

I took my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh and then also studied for an MPhil in Clinical Psychology at that University. These qualifications and my professional experience gave me the necessary means to achieve Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Chartered Forensic Psychologist status.

Because of my interest in research, I then studied for a DPhil in the University of Oxford and subsequently had a Research Fellowship there. This was followed by an academic appointment at the University of Surrey. I am currently Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in the University of Glasgow. In addition, I am an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS. My clinical and research interests are in adult mental health, especially trauma and occupational stress.

My professional activities have spanned research, clinical practice and training postgraduates for careers in professional psychology. My model of professional training has always been that we are training scientist- practitioners who can contribute at every level from the individual to the systemic. It is very important that professional psychologists have a thorough scientific grounding during their training as this is what differentiates them from other practitioners whose emphasis might be purely on the delivery of therapy or interventions with the individual.

I believe that psychology and psychologists have a great capacity for contributing to the public good, both through psychological science and practice. British psychological science and practice has had an enormous impact and influence, both in the UK and internationally.

As a practitioner and an academic, I am keenly aware of the impact of Government policy and legislation on the Universities and the public services. The Science Council plays a very important role in safeguarding the interests of science and scientists.