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  1. Coaching Psychology Unit
    1. International Advisory Board
    2. International collaboration
    3. CPU staff and students
    4. CPU publications

Coaching Psychology Unit

The Coaching Psychology Unit was launched in December 2005 and was the first university-based coaching psychology unit to be established in the UK. The focus of the Unit is to encourage research into all aspects of the developing field of coaching psychology and coaching.

Our research includes:

  • Developing the theory and practice of coaching  psychology
  • Effectiveness of coaching and coaching psychology practice
  • Return on Investment of coaching in organisations
  • Leadership development through coaching
  • The adaptation of therapeutic approaches to the field of coaching
  • Boundaries between coaching, coaching psychology, mentoring, counselling and psychotherapy
  • Coaching in multicultural settings, organisations and society
  • Coaching to reduce stress and enhance performance
  • Internet coaching interventions
  • Health coaching and wellbeing
  • Positive psychology and coaching psychology

Doctoral research students

We have three doctoral research students undertaking coaching psychology research. 
  • PhD students: Ulrika Hultgren
  • DPsych students: Stuart Rose CPsychol and Tony Fusco CPsychol

Current research is focusing on authentic leadership, group coaching, health coaching, online coaching, resilience, stress, team coaching, and wellbeing. Our first successful student, Dr Kristina Gyllensten, obtained her DPsych in 2006. Dr Addy Hackett was our first student to be awarded the Dr of Coaching Psychology. In 2013, Dr Vicky Ellam-Dyson and Dr Alanna O'Broin both obtained PhDs. 

International Advisory Board

We have an International Advisory Board consisting of experts in coaching psychology and related fields. We are establishing collaborative relationships with other units and centres both nationally and internationally.

Director, staff and students

The Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit is Professor Stephen Palmer PhD CPsychol CMIOSH CSci. He is a leading pioneer of the coaching psychology movement in the UK. For more details about staff and students at the Coaching Psychology Unit please visit our staff and student webpage.

Consultancy services

Our team will consider research and consultancy assignments for external organisations. If interested please contact the Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit, Professor Stephen Palmer.

Further information about the Coaching Psychology Unit

Further information and useful links

Links to coaching and coaching psychology-related publications