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Dr Peter M Forster

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 85 53 90

BSc Psychology

PhD Psychology

Chartered Psychologist

Chartered Scientist

Registered Psychologist (Australia)

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


Counselling Psychology

Health Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Social Psychology

Developmental Psychology


Abnormal / clinical psychology

Counselling psychology

Environmental psychology - effects of environments on health and well-being

Positive psychology

Social psychology - retirement - virtual communities

PhD Supervision

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Associate Fellow of the BPS

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Australian Psychological Society & College of Counselling Psychologists

Foreign Affiliate of the American Psychological Association



Fong, P. and Forster, P.M. (2009). Social benefits of computer games. Proceedings of the 44th Annual APS Conference, 62 - 65.

Forster, P. M., Kuruleca, S. C. and Auxier, C. R. (2007). A note on recent trends in suicide in Fiji. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 1, 1-4

Auxier, C. R., Forster, P. M. and Kuruleca, S. (2005). Counselling in Fiji. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 27, 2, 142-148.

Forster, P. M. (2005). Psychology in Vanuatu. The Psychologist, 18, 5, 288-289.

Forster, P. M. (2004). Psychological sense of community in groups on the Internet. Behaviour Change 21, 141-146

Conference presentations

Forster, P.M. (2010). Neither ill nor well: How psychology can help prevent distress from becoming disorder. Paper presented at the 3rd Conference of the Asian Psychological Association, 4th 7th July 2010, Darwin, Australia.

Fong, P. and Forster, P.M. (2010). Female players in a male-dominated world - Do male and female computer gamers play for the same reasons? Paper presented at the 10th International Conference of the International Communal Studies Association, 28th 30th June 2010, Emek Yezreel College, Israel.

Fong, P. and Forster, P.M. (2009). Social benefits of computer games. Paper presented at the 44th Annual APS Conference, 30th September 4th October 2009, Darwin, Australia.

Berno, T. & Forster, P. M. (2005) Mind the gap: Understanding the gap year phenomenon - An exploratory study. Paper presented at the Council of Australian Universities in Tourism and Hospitality Education Conference, 2 - 5 February, 2005, Alice Springs.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities


 Founder member of the Fiji National Committee on the Prevention of Suicide

 Reviewer for Community, Work & Family

 Reviewer for South Pacific Journal of Psychology

 Past chairman of the APS in the Northern Territory of Australia

 Member of the Board of the International Communal Studies Association



 Scuba Diving Instructor with PADI since 1998