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Dr Susan Kahn

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    Dr Susan Kahn CPsychol

    B u s i n e s s  P s y c h o l o g i s t

    MA, MSc, PhD, PPABP



    Susan is a business psychologist, a practitioner and an academic.  She works as a coach, consultant, mediator and an observer of working life. She has a particular interest in the behaviour of people at work and below the surface dynamics in organisations. As a coach she works together with individuals and their organisations to help clients to develop and enhance their authentic leadership style. As a mediator she is skilled in improving working relationships and developing common understanding between parties in toxic relationships. In addition to her private clients she is the Programme Director for Coaching Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, teaching coaching and organizational psychology. She is a faculty member at the School of Life, working with businesses to develop their emotional intelligence. She also works as a group relations consultant, including equine coaching. Her research interests embrace leadership, change and vulnerability at work. Her book, Death & the City, published by Karnac, uses psychoanalysis to explore organisational endings. Her latest publication, Bounce Back: how to fail fast and be resilient at work is published by Kogan Page, examines resilience in the workplace.

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    • PhD, Birkbeck, 2013
    • MSc Conflict Resolution & Mediation, Birkbeck, 2008
    • MA Consulting to Organisations using Psychoanalytic Methods, Tavistock and University of East London, 2001
    • BA Combined Studies: Anthropology & Sociology, University of Manchester, 1984

    Professional memberships

    • Chartered Psychologist BPS

    • Coaching Psychologist BPS

    • Principal Practitioner ABP

      Business Psychologist

      Association of Business Psychologists

    • International Society for Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations


    • OPUS Organisation Promoting Understanding Society

    Honours and awards

    • Academic Excellence Award, Birkbeck, December 2016
  • Research


    Research interests

    • Psychoanalytic examination of organisations, below the surface exploration
    • Endings and loss
    • Resilience & failure
    • Mediation & Conflict
    • Group relations
  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I am not currently taking on PhD supervision.


    As programme director for coaching psychology I take a keen interest in all teaching related to coaching psychology, delivering key modules and supporting other programmes with insights on coaching psychology.  As a practitioner and an academic I am pleased to offer a broad perspective on the subject.

    MSc Coaching Psychology

    PGC Coaching Psychology

    Introduction to Coaching

    Coaching in Context

    The Coaching Portfolio

    Coaching Skills for Leaders

    Research Project for Coaching Psychologists

    Teaching modules

    • Introduction to Coaching (BUOB060H7)
    • The Coaching Context (BUOB061H7)
  • Publications



  • Business and community

    Business and community


    I am happy to receive enquiries from the media on the following topics:

    • Resilience at work
    • Endings and loss at work
    • Coaching at work


      • Other

        Editorial Board Member - This Can Happen

        Supporting mental health in the workplace