Zoe Chouliara

Zoe Chouliara

Dr Zoe Chouliara

Associate Professor in Counselling, Transformation & Proffesional Practice


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 & Positive Approaches nationally and internationally.
I am a Senior Practitioner Counselling and Health Psychologist, Psychotherapist/Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor, Professional Transformational Coach, and Mentor. I have been returned in the previous two REFs and co-authored an impact case study in REF 2014. My research focuses on the application of relational models in physical and mental health, including Therapeutic Trust in Fragile Process, and recovering from extreme adversity/abuse, psychological injuries, chronic & enduring conditions, such as dermatology. My clinical workshops on therapeutic trust are being delivered across the world. 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 my 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. There 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.


Conference Activity

  • 4th International Conference on Social Representations, University of Stirling
  • British Psychological Society- Scotland (BPS-S) Annual Undergraduate Conference, March 2012, Glasgow University –The highest attendance rate and attendance satisfaction rate in the history of this event under my leadership as Honorary Chair, BPS-Scotland.
  • British Psychological Society- Scotland (BPS-S) Annual Undergraduate Conference, March 2010, QMU. –The highest attendance rate and attendance satisfaction rate in the history of this event till that year
  • British Psychological Society- Scotland (BPS-S) Annual Conference, November 2007, Falkirk.
  • British Psychological Society- Scotland (BPS-S) Annual Conference, November 2009, Edinburgh.
  • British Psychological Society- Scotland (BPS-S) Annual Conference, November 2008, Clydebank, Glasgow.
  • Leading into Wellbeing: The Power of Midsight. An Interactive Conference Exploring the Nature of Being Human with Dr Dan Siegel, ECLA, Mindisight Institute, 22 April 2015, Newcastle – Co-organised by the University of Northumbria and Edinburgh Napier Univ


Editorial Activity

  • Affleck, A; Chouliara, Z; Kielty, S (2013). Cognitive behavioural therapy for acne and other chronic skin disorders. International Journal of Dermatology – Letter to the editor.
  • Sub-Editor in Professional Issues, Health Psychology Update
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Clinical Research & Governance
  • Chouliara, Z & Ranjbar, V (2011). Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. The Psychologist, December 24(12), 920-921.


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • BPS Steering Group - Scotland, since February 2012
  • Associate Fellow of the BPS, since October 2007
  • Committee Member BPS DHP-Scotland, since 2007
  • Committee Member, BPS-Scotland and DHP-S representative, since 2007
  • Deputy Chair, BPS-Scotland, since February 2010
  • Honorary Chair, BPS-Scotland,
  • Member of the Cross Party on & Associated Rheumatic Conditions
  • Member, BPS-Scotland Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Survivors Working Group, since 2007 and Leader of the Research Subgroup, since 2009



  • British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
  • British Journal of Learning Disabilities
  • American Journal of Health Behavior
  • Psychiatry Research
  • Samantha Dickson Research Trust (clinical and psychosocial brain tumour research)
  • Wales Office of Research & Development for Heath and Social Care, Welsh Assembly Government
  • Willey Press - book reviewing
  • Health Psychology Update
  • Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities


Invited Speaker

  • Chouliara, Z; Kearney, N (2004). Involving Older People with Cancer in Research and Clinical Practice: Ethical and Methodological Concerns, Oral Presentation, Published Abstract, 10th Greek National Conference of Psychological Research – “Psychology and M
  • Kearney, N; Chouliara, Z; Miller, M; Molassiotis, A. Older People with Cancer: Issues in Clinical Practice and Research. Oral presentation, Published abstract, ECCO 12, the European Cancer Conference, Copenhagen 21-25 September 2003, Section: Age and Gend


Media Activity

  • How to be Creatuive, In Refinery 29- Expert contribution


Fellowships and Awards

  • Dermatology BJN Award 2016
  • BJN Dermatology Award 2016
  • Nominated by colleagues for an Equal Opportunities Award by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for her work with abuse and the human rights (2014)


Public Engagement Activity

  • Participated in an expert panel on childhood sexual abuse in the Festival Conversations (Edinburgh Festival 2015)


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