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Professor Diane Houston honoured for her contribution to psychology

Diane Houston, Professor of Psychology at the University of Kent, has been elected a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) for her outstanding contribution to the advancement and dissemination of psychological knowledge.

An applied social psychologist, Professor Houston has research interests spanning women's work participation, equality and gender stereotyping, as well as personality and academic performance. She has been an advisor to a number of UK Ministers for Women and was academic advisor to the UK's Women and Work Commission which reported to the Prime Minister in February 2006. She has also worked in an advisory capacity for the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and the Equal Opportunities Commission in the UK.

Professor Houston joined the University in 1994. Following three years of secondment to the Department of Trade and Industry as Research and Strategy Advisor, she became Head of the School of Psychology in 2006, a position she held until taking up her current role as the University's Dean of the Graduate School in 2008.

She has served the British Psychological Society in a number of significant roles including Chair of the Standing Conference Committee and Chair of the Social Psychology Section. In 2006, she was elected an Academician in the Academy of Social Sciences.

Professor John Baldock, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at the University, was among those to congratulate Professor Houston. He said: 'As someone who has made many significant contributions to psychology as an academic discipline and, through her research knowledge and expertise, society in general, Professor Houston thoroughly deserves this honour. Her Fellowship is also a reflection of the strength of psychology at Kent and Professor Houston’s role in making it one of the finest academic schools of its kind in the UK.'

The BPS is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. The Society was formed in 1901 and has more than 45,000 members. Through its Royal Charter, the Society is charged with overseeing psychology and psychologists. It has responsibility for the development, promotion and application of pure and applied psychology for the public good.


Story published at 10:43am 13 January 2012

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