|Name||Professor Paula Nicolson|
|Contact Position||Visiting Professor, Division of Psychology|
Paula has worked in the higher education sector for over thirty years, initially teaching social work at the University of East London, but since gaining her PhD in Social Psychology in 1988, she has focused on critical social and health psychology. She became a professor at Sheffield University (School for Health and Related Research) in 2001, leaving there in 2005 to take up the post of Professor and Head of Department of Health and Social Care at Royal Holloway, University of London where she still works. She completed her term as head in 2008 after which she had the opportunity to finish her book on domestic violence and studies of advice to mothers (My Mother, My Self, funded by the Leverhulme Trust) and leadership in the NHS (Leadership and Better Patient Care: Managing in the NHS, funded by the National Institute of Health Research, Service Delivery and Organisation) for which she was Principal Investigator on both projects.
In 2009 she was invited by Professor Horrocks to be a Visiting Professor in the Division of Psychology at Bradford University where Christine and Paula are working together to propose a follow-on study to examine the most effective and cost effective ways to ensure evidence-based work on leadership in the NHS has an impact. Paula has also been involved in supporting other research initiatives in the Division and with colleagues from Royal Holloway, has contributed to the forthcoming book on critical health psychology edited by Christine and Sally Johnson.
BSc, CQSW, MSc, PhD, MA
2008 - 2010 MA in Consultation and the Organisation: Psychoanalytic Approaches
1980 - 1988 Ph.D. Social Psychology, London School of Economics
1977 - 1979 M.Sc. Applied Social Studies, University of Surrey
1976 - 1977 Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, University of Surrey
1975 - 1976 Diploma in Social Policy (Distinction), University of London
1970 - 1973 B.Sc. (Hons) Applied Psychology (Social) 2:2, University of Wales
Paula is a Co-Director of Bloomsbury Organisational Consulting, a newly formed company combining working 'above the surface' with exploring the unseen dynamics and processes in work-based relationships, organisations and teams. The approach we take developed as a result of working and training at the Tavistock Centre in North London.