Professor Stephen Palmer, Coaching Psychology Unit, City University, UK; NCWBLP Middlesex University, UK; Centre for Stress Management.
Dr Roy Moodley, Centre for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Toronto University, Canada.
Update: Dr Pittu Laungani, Manchester University, UK: A Founder Advisor, now deceased.
The newly established Coaching Psychology Unit in the Department of Psychology, City University, London, UK, is the first university based coaching psychology unit in the UK, and the second in the world to be set up. It was launched at the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology Annual Conference on 19th December 2005. The unit will be researching into many aspects of coaching psychology and coaching theory and practice. It will also be reseaching into diversity and multicultural issues in the field of coaching in collaboration with the Centre for Diversity in Counseling and Psychotherapy. The Director is Professor Stephen Palmer.
The key research areas of the Unit will be:
o Developing the theory and practice of coaching psychology
o Effectiveness of coaching and coaching psychology practice
o Return on Investment of coaching in organisations
o The adaptation of therapeutic approaches to the field of coaching
o Boundaries between coaching, coaching psychology, counselling and psychotherapy
o Coaching in multicultural settings, organisations and society
o Coaching to reduce stress and enhance performance
o Health coaching and wellbeing
o Positive psychology and coaching psychology