University of Worcester Professor Wins Illustrious Award

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A University of Worcester Professor has won a prestigious book award from the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Elizabeth Peel, a Professor of Psychology and Social Change at the University of Worcester, co-authored ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology: An Introduction’ (Cambridge University Press, 2010), alongside Dr Victoria Clarke, Associate Professor in Sexuality Studies at the University of the West of England, Dr Sonja J Ellis, Principal Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University, and Dr Damien W Riggs Senior Lecturer at Flinders University Australia.

It won the textbook category of the BPS’s 2013 Book Awards and has been heralded as a trailblazer for helping to develop the scope and content of psychology teaching delivered at undergraduate level. LGBTQ Psychology is the first textbook ever published in the field of Psychology of Sexualities, and tackles issues of social justice, diversity, and developing a true ‘psychology of people’ head on. 

Professor Peel said: “I am delighted that the book has received this recognition from the BPS. It marks a coming of age of the field in British Psychology. We wrote the book because we were all teaching sexualities courses and there was no textbook in the area.

“I hope that this award encourages further engagement with diversity issues in Psychology teaching in Higher Education.”

There was marked competition for the award from titles in more established areas of the psychological disciplines, which makes the victory of Professor Peel and her co-authors all the more significant.

As a result of capturing this distinguished award, Professor Peel was invited to deliver the celebrated Book Award Lecture at the British Psychological Society’s 2014 Annual Conference.

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