University of Worcester Professor Shortlisted for Prestigious Award

A University of Worcester professor has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2013 British Psychological Society (BPS) Book Award after co-authoring a student textbook.

Professor Elizabeth Peel, a professor of Psychology and Social Change, wrote ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology: An Introduction’ 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.

Professor Peel, a pioneer in the field, has now seen the book shortlisted in the Textbook category of the BPS Book Award, which recognises excellent published work in psychology and is judged jointly by the BPS Research Board, Psychology Education Board and Professional Practice Board.

Professor Peel says: “I am delighted that our textbook has been shortlisted for the BPS Book Award.

“We wrote the book because we were all teaching sexualities courses and there was no textbook in the area.

“It is designed to support both courses in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans psychology and Sexualities and Gender, whilst ‘adding in’ the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) perspective to different areas of psychology – developmental psychology or the psychology of ageing, for example.”

The other shortlisted titles in the category are ‘How Genes Influence Behaviour’ by Jonathan Flint, Ralph J Greenspan and Kenneth S Kendler, and ‘The Student’s Guide to Social Neuroscience’ by Jamie Ward.

“There is very stiff competition on the shortlist from mainstream psychology,” Professor Peel continues. Given the nature of the discipline, our critical social psychological textbook will be hard pressed to win against titles focusing on how genes influence behaviour and social neuroscience, so I am thrilled to have got this far in the competition.”

The winners of the four separate award categories will be announced later this month.