Dr Victoria Ellam-Dyson
Visiting Lecturer and Research Supervisor, Coaching Psychology Unit
Dr Ellam-Dyson joined City in 2002 to study for a BSc in Psychology and graduated in 2005. Alongside the degree she also trained to be a coach. With a personal interest in how psychology can be incorporated into coaching, the development of coaching psychology as a profession, and the need for more research to give credibility to this approach, Dr Ellam-Dyson combined the two areas of study into a PhD.
Dr Ellam-Dyson's research is based on exploring links between the core beliefs and behaviours of leaders. The research draws on Rational Emotive Behaviour Theory and studies of leadership derailment. The aims of the research include using information about leadership beliefs and behaviours to inform executive coaching, with a view to enabling sustained leadership behaviour change, and ultimately reducing leadership derailment. Dr Ellam-Dyson's doctoral research was supervised by Professor Stephen Palmer, Dr Paul Flaxman, and Dr Siobhain O'Riordan.
Dr Ellam-Dyson lectures in Coaching Psychology for Organisational Psychology MSc students and third year Psychology BSc students at City. She coaches and facilitates leadership workshops for Masters and MBA students at Cass Business School. She is also involved in assessment of coaches and recently worked on a project to select coaches for the NHS. In addition, she sits on several sub-committees for the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology (BPS SGCP) and is a founder committee member of the Society for Coaching Psychology (SCP).
Ogilvy, H. & Ellam-Dyson, V. (in press). Line managers involvement in coaching: Help or hindrance? A content analysis study. International Coaching Psychology Review
Ellam-Dyson, V. & Palmer, S. (2011). Leadership coaching? No thanks I'm not worthy. The Coaching Psychologist, 7 (2), 108-117
Ellam-Dyson, V. & Palmer, S. (2010). Rational coaching with perfectionistic leaders to overcome avoidance of leadership responsibilities. The Coaching Psychologist, 6 (2), 81-87
Ellam-Dyson (2009). Viewpoint: Think Again. Coaching at Work, 4(2), p19
Ellam-Dyson, V. and Palmer, S. (2008). The challenges of researching executive coaching. The Coaching Psychologist, 4(2), 79-84
Ellam-Dyson, V. and Palmer, S. (2008). Exploring the links between unhelpful leadership beliefs and unhelpful leadership behaviours. Leadership Academy MOLIE 1(5), 25-26.
Ellam, V. and Palmer, S. (2006). To achieve or not to achieve - that is the question: Does frustration tolerance influence goal achievement in coaching clients? The Coaching Psychologist, 2(2), 27-30
Ellam, V. and Palmer, S. (2006). Does parent coaching improve quality of parenting and children's behaviour? The Coaching Psychologist, 2(1), 34-37
Ellam-Dyson, V. Unconditional self acceptance: Potential barrier to leadership coaching? Paper presented at the SGCP 3rd European Coaching Psychology Conference at City University, London, December 2011
Ogilvy, H. & Ellam-Dyson, V. Line managers involvement in coaching: Their role and its impact on coaching outcomes. Poster presented at the SGCP 3rd European Coaching Psychology Conference at City University, London, December 2011
Ellam-Dyson, V. Fear of failing = risk of derailing: Coaching psychology to the rescue. Invited speaker presentation at the COPC 1st International Congress of Coaching Psychology, Barcelona, October 2011
Ellam-Dyson V. Rational coaching with leaders to reduce the risk of derailment. Invited paper at the SIOPSA IGCCP 1st International Congress of Coaching Psychology, Southern Hemisphere Event, Johannesburg, May 2011
Ellam-Dyson, V. Rational coaching with leaders to improve employee engagement. Invited speaker presentation at the SGCP 1st International Congress of Coaching Psychology, City University, London, December 2010
Ellam-Dyson, V. Rational coaching: Exploring embedded beliefs in leaders. Workshop presented at the Australian Psychological Society IGCP National Symposium, Melbourne, November 2010
Ellam-Dyson, V. and Palmer, S. The effects of leaders beliefs and behaviours on employee engagement and team climate: Implications for executive coaching. Paper presented at the SGCP 2nd European Coaching Psychology Conference at Royal Holloway, University of London, December 2009
Ellam-Dyson, V. and Palmer, S. Research findings on the (potential) efficacy of Rational Emotive Behaviour Coaching with executives. Paper presented at the AREBT Conference, London, May 2009
Ellam-Dyson, V. Introducing Psychology into Workplace Coaching using the SPACE model Workshop presented at the BPS Postgraduate Occupational Psychology Conference, Blackpool, 2009
Ellam-Dyson, V. and Palmer, S. Exploring the Usefulness of REBC in Preventing Leadership Derailment. Paper presented at the SGCP 1st European Coaching Psychology Conference at University of Westminster, London, 2008
Ellam-Dyson, V. Using the SPACE Model for Coaching in the Workplace. Workshop presented at the Postgraduate Occupational Psychology Conference, Straford-Upon-Avon, 2008
Ellam-Dyson, V. and Palmer, S. Exploring Low Frustration Tolerance in Leaders to Inform Executive Coaching. Paper presented at the SGCP 3rd National Coaching Psychology Conference at City University, London, 2007
Ellam-Dyson, V. and Palmer, S. The Effect of Low Frustration Tolerance on Goal Achievment in the Coaching Context. Poster presented at the SGCP 1st International Coaching Psychology Conference at City University, London, 2006
Ellam-Dyson, V. Just How Could the Use of Psychology in Executive Coaching Prevent Leadership Derailment? A Scientific & CPD Meeting organised by The British Psychological Society Welsh Branch & The Association of Business Psychologists, Cardiff, 2009
Ellam-Dyson, V. The Challenges of Researching the Benefits of Coaching. MOD Coaching Day, Shrivenham, 2007
Review of Leadership Coaching: Working with leaders to develop elite performance. Jonathan Passmore (Ed). Reviewed in The Coaching Psychologist, Vol.16 (2)
Review of The Coach's Coach: Personal development for personal developers. Alison Hardingham, with Mike Brearley, Adrian Moorhouse and Brendan. Reviewed in Coaching Psychology International, Vol.1 (1) p.12 Oct 2008