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Defence and Security Psychology in the 21st Century

Thursday 28th November 2019 at 20 Cavendish Square, London

To celebrate the launch of the new British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Defence and Security Psychology Section, we are pleased to invite you to our inaugural conference. The focus of the event will be: “Defence and Security Psychology in the 21st Century”.

Key topics for discussion on the day could include:

  • What lessons can be learnt from current research and practice?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges for defence and security psychology in a future digital world?
  • How can we be at the forefront of ethical research and practice?
  • Looking to the future, what are the challenges for the workforce?
  • How can we support the future health and well-being of defence and security personnel, veterans and families?

The BPS would like to invite delegates from all areas of psychology and related disciplines to attend, as well as to submit abstracts for presentations and posters.

Invited Speakers

Dr Simon Kolstoe, University of Portsmouth and Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee

Dr David Murphy, President of The British Psychological Society.

Air Commodore Paul O’Neill, former Head of People Strategy, Ministry of Defence

Dr Brooke Rogers OBE, King’s College London

Please see biographies below.

Conference Programme & Abstract Booklet

To view the full Conference Programme, please click here.

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change.

Click here to download the abstracts for the oral and poster presentations


Our Annual General Meeting will be held as a parallel session during the conference. All section members are welcome to attend.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Introduce the new BPS Defence & Security Psychology Section
  • Explore innovations at the forefront of Defence and Security Psychology, now and in the future
  • Elect a new committee at the Section AGM

Opportunity to Exhibit

We are excited to be offering the opportunity to exhibit at the Conference, with the package including access to the Conference Sessions.

Further information can be found in the Exhibiting Information Pack, when you are ready to book please just complete the exhibiting booking form and send it to tmypatk-oe.ouam.rt@cjnsc.k

Registration fees can be found on the event booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 227775.


Thursday 28th November 2019

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change.

09:00Welcome Remarks
09:15Keynote Speaker 1
10:00Session 1
10:45Refreshment Break and Poster Session
11:15Session 2
12:15Lunch, AGM and Poster Session
13:15Keynote Speaker 2
14:00Session 3
14:45Refreshment Break and Poster Session
15:00Keynote Speaker 3
15:45Session 4
16:30Closing Remarks
17:00Conference Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Simon Kolstoe

Dr Simon Kolstoe, is a Senior Fellow at University of Portsmouth and Chairs the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee (MODREC), the Hampshire A (NHS) research ethics committee and leads the REWARD Alliance regulation and governance working group. He is also a member of the National Research Ethics Advisory Panel. In addition, Simon acts as a consultant helping organisations (including government departments) develop their research ethics and governance procedures.

Dr David Murphy

Dr David Murphy is the 2019-2020 President of the British Psychological Society, during his 30 years as a clinical psychologist he has worked primarily with patients with physical health problems and their families in acute hospital settings. He was the Head of Psychological Services at Imperial College NHS Trust in London for many years before becoming Director of the Institute of Clinical Psychology Training at the University of Oxford. Since leaving Oxford last year, David has been leading on a nationwide research study looking at leadership development in the NHS based at the Centre for Strategic Leadership, University of Edinburgh.

Air Com. Paul O'Neill

Air Commodore O’Neill joined the Royal Air Force as an Administrative Officer in March 1992, having spent 5 years in Human Resources in the financial services and IT industries.

His appointments cover a wide range of Human Resources and Training roles, including: personnel delivery, personnel policy, military discipline, instructional duties, HR business analyst and personnel strategy. He was the Assistant Head Strategy in Defence Strategy and Priorities during the Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2015 and is currently Head Defence People Strategy. He has undertaken operational tours in: Afghanistan, Iraq, Northern Ireland, Oman and Turkey.

A graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff College, he has undertaken Chief of the Air Staff Fellowships at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. He is an academic visitor on the Changing Character of War Programme at the University of Oxford and a visiting professor in the Department of Business, Law and Sport at the University of Winchester.

Prof Brooke Rogers OBE

Dr Brooke Rogers OBE, is a Professor of Behavioural Science and Security in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. She Chairs the Home Office Science Advisory Council (HOSAC) and also Chairs the Cabinet Office National Risk Assessment and National Security Risk Assessment Behavioural Science Expert Group (BSEG). Brooke’s current research investigates public and practitioner perceptions of risk, risk communication, and behaviour change across a number of areas including preparing for and responding to terrorism, disasters and extreme events, protecting crowded places, building resilience in critical national infrastructure and communities, and communicating with vulnerable populations.


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