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Staff categories

These are our Birkbeck staff categories within the Department of Psychosocial Studies. 

Head of department 

Academic staff 

Teaching and Scholarship staff 

  • Anne Attwood, CertHE Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Asuncion Lopez, Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Practice
  • Bridget Townsend, CertHE Psychodynamic Counselling, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy and MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Clive Carswell, Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Practice
  • Elizabeth Martindale, CertHE Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Mary Burke, CertHE Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Samia Premjee, CertHE Psychodynamic Counselling and MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Stephen Callus, CertHE Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Dominic Reilly, BA Psychosocial Studies
  • Ian Magor, BA Psychosocial Studies
  • Lemonia Gianniri, BA Psychosocial Studies
  • Michael Laycock, BA Psychosocial Studies
  • Nadine Chambers, BA Psychosocial Studies
  • Sasha Bergstrom-Katz, BA Psychosocial Studies
  • Sharon Tugwell, BA Psychosocial Studies
  • June Yuen Ting, MA Culture Diaspora and Ethnicity
  • Ana Minozzo, MA Psychoanalytic Studies
  • Maria Vyrgioti, MA Psychoanalytic Studies
  • Magda-Agata Schmukalla, MA Psychoanalytic Studies
  • Christina Howell-Richardson, MSc Education, Power and Social Change
  • Jan Etienne, MSc Education, Power and Social Change
  • Sue Dunn, MSc Education, Power and Social Change
  • Beverley Hayward, MSc Education, Power and Social Change and BA Psychosocial Studies
  • Clea McEnery West, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Bridget Townsend, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Lizaveta Zeldzina, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy and BA Psychosocial Studies
  • Nomazwe Hyde, Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Practice
  • Samia Premjee, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Sara von Sommaruga, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Natasha DeMeric, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Jane Dudley, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Joyline Gozho, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Anna Fitzgerald, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Chantal de Rop-Rushton, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Khuzuma Akhtar, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Bridget Townsend, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Kim Spicer, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Rachel Gould, Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Practice    

Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Matt Oakes, BA Psychosocial Studies

Independent Research Module  

  • Magda Agata-Schmukalla, Psychoanalytic Studies
  • Francisco Calafate-Faria, Psychosocial Studies
  • Christina Howell-Richardson, Education, Power and Social Change
  • June Yuen Ting, MA Culture Diaspora and Ethnicity

Staff directory 

  • Ann Heyno, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Anna Fitzgerald, Msc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Anne Attwood, Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling with Adults and Advanced course in Organisational Dynamics, Birkbeck; Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, OU; Background in general and psychiatric Nursing; Member: BACP (Accredited); Fellow HEA. Tutor and Academic Adviser for the Birkbeck course 'Cert (HE) Psychodynamic Counselling and Skills in a Psychosocial Framework'. Birkbeck Distinguished Sessional Lecturer Award 2011/12.
  • Asuncion Lopez, Certificate (HE) Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Bridget Townsend, Certificate (HE) Psychodynamic Counselling; MSc Psychodynamic counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Clea McEnery-West, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Clive Carswell, RGN and Dip Couns from Birkbeck College, BACP and AUCC member;Counsellor, Supervisor, Group Facilitator in Private Practice.
  • Derek Hook, Dr Derek Hook, BA (Hons) and PhD in Psychology (University of the Witwatersrand); MA in Creative Writing (Birkbeck); psychoanalytic training at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research; Research interests: Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis in applied clinical and psychosocial realms; postcolonial theory; post-apartheid South Africa.
  • Elizabeth Martindale, Dip. Education (Cambridge ), Dip. Counselling, Member BACP, manager Citizens Advice, Chair Family Support Group, Trainer, Consultant, Supervisor.
  • Jane Dudley, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Joyline Gozho, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Keith Kahn Harris, Honorary Research Fellow; Research Interests: Sociology of religion, Popular music, Jewish studies, ethnicity/race, dialogue, transgression, youth culture.
  • Kim Spicer, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Khuzuma Akhtar, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Lyn French, Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents (placement co-ordinator)
  • Mary Burke, B.Soc.Studies, MSC, BACP Accredited; Counsellor working in NHS primary care and in private practice.
  • Natasha DeMeric, MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Nomazwe Hyde, Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Practice; MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Rachael Gould, BA, MA, PGDip Psychotherapeutic Counselling (University of Sussex), PG Dip Psychoanalytic Observational Studies (Tavistock Centre), Senior Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist BACP. Senior/Specialist Counsellor in Learning Disabilities.
  • Stephen Callus, BTh, Diploma of the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy, Diploma in supervision, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, BACP member; In private practice as an integrally-informed psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer.
  • Samia Premjee, MSc courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Susan Dunn, Education, Policy and Social Change

Research staff 

Emeritus staff

  • Miriam Zukas: Professor Emerita of Adult Education
    • Miriam Zukas was the first Executive Dean of SSHP from 2009 to 2016, and Birkbeck's Public Engagement Champion between 2016 and 2018. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2008 and a Fellowship of Birkbeck in November, 2016. Miriam's research interests include academics and academic work and learning, professional workplace pedagogies, doctors' learning in transition, professional learning in transitions, and adult higher education.
  • Dr Gail Lewis: Reader Emerita of Psychosocial Studies
    • Gail Lewis joined the Department in 2013 and was Assistant Dean between 2015 and 2017. She is a Visiting Senior Scholar at the Gender Department at LSE and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex/Tavistock and Portman Clinic. Her research interests focus on three areas: the history and character of black feminism in Britain; how modes of colonial thought are entangled in contemporary practices of citizenship and social welfare in ways that mark the latter as postcolonial; and the ways in which processes of racialisation and gender formation shape or impact the dynamics of social interaction in everyday practice. 

Visiting staff 

  • Professor Judith Butler, Current visiting staff: Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley, USA
  • Professor Paulo Oneto, Current visiting staff: Professor of Social Communication, UFRJ, Brazil
  • Professor Sasha Roseneil, Current visiting staff: Professor of Sociology, University of Essex
  • Professor Erica Burman, Co-director of the Discourse Unit. Member of the Institute of Group Analysis, College of Psychoanalysts, British Psychological Society, and Professor of Education, Manchester University.
  • Dr Keith Kahn-Harris, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Professor Ian Parker, Co-Director Discourse Unit, member of Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, London Society of the New Lacanian SchoolCollege of Psychoanalysts – UK
  • Dr Joanna Ryan, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Professor João Angelo Fantini
  • Dr Oliver Decker, Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology, University of Siegen.
  • Professor Despina Naziri, professor of clinical Psychology, University of Liege. Psychoanalyst, member of the SBP (Belgian Society of Psychoanalysis) and the IPA (International Society of Psychoanalysis)
  • Dr Bahar Tanyas, Faculty Member, Okan University.

Professional and support staff: Administrative