BSc PsyDip MSc PhD PGDip Counselling CPsychol (Health) FHEA AFBPsS
Dr Zoë Chouliara, Associate Professor in Counselling, Transformation & Professional Practice
I am award winning clinical academic and an Advocate for the Person Centred Approach nationally and internationally.
I am a Senior Practitioner Counselling and Health Psychologist, Person-Centred Psychotherapist/Counsellor, and Professional Transformational Coach. I have been returned in the previous two REFs and co-authored an impact case study in REF 2014. My most recent research focuses on the role of relational variables- mainly Interpersonal Trust- in physical and mental health, on psychosocial aspects of dermatology, and on person-centred models of recovering and growth following adversity. I am the lead author of the Acts of Recovery, the first evidence-based, survivor-centred self-help booklet for survivors of childhood abuse. The booklet is currently being used in clinical services in this country and overseas, i.e. Australia and India. The booklet is also endorsed by the Scottish Government, Survivor Scotland and the Scottish Recovery Network. I have been nominated for an Equal Opportunities Award by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for her work. I have been awarded the BJN Dermatology Award 2016, as part of the team of trainers delivering the first ever Dermatology Masterclass nationally and internationally. I have successfully led a specialist psychology in plastics service in NHS Tayside for three years, one out of only four similar services in the country, where I worked with individuals with severe and/or complex body image and appearance related distress, providing psychological assessment and treatment. I am a person-centred practitioner, one out of a few Person Centred practitioner-academics psychologists in the UK (the youngest and the only female) and one of a few in Europe and the world, and clinical supervisor/trainer with experience that spans across the voluntary, independent sector and the NHS. I was a clinician with the Medical Foundation (now Freedom from Torture), where I practised clinically with survivors of torture/organised violence. I am one out of a few practitioner psychologists in the UK and internationally with clinical experience in human rights and organised violence. I am currently the Past Chair of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Assistant Chief Supervisor for Health Psychology, Associate Fellow of the BPS and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am an experienced clinical and research supervisor in health and counselling psychology. I am the first practitioner psychologist to sit in the Cross Party Group on Skin & Associated Rheumatic Conditions. I am one of the core trainers – the only practitioner psychologist- and member of the organising committee of the first ever Scottish wide Dermatology Masterclass Training Programme, developed by the Scottish Dermatological Nursing Society (SDNS) to enhance person- centred practice in dermatology by addressing patients’ holistic and psychosocial needs in this area, originally funded by LeoPharma and currently being funded on a UK level by Eli Lilly, one of 10 top pharmaceuticals in the world.