Jamie Hacker Hughes

Jamie Hacker HughesJamie Hacker Hughes is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, clinical neuropsychologist, EMDR consultant and PTSD and trauma specialist with special expertise in military and veteran mental health. He gained his BSc (Hons) in Psychology from University College London in 1990, an MPhil in Psychopathology from University of Cambridge in 1991 and a PsychD in Clinical Psychology from University of Surrey in 1996.

Hughes has produced over 60 peer-reviewed papers, published reports, book chapters and conference papers in the areas of cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR, clinical hypnosis and the psychological effects of military operations, including post-traumatic stress disorders. He is a reviewer for several journals, has published several book reviews and has presented on the subjects of his research and academic interests to audiences across the world. He became Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Academic Centre for Defence Mental Health at King’s College London in 1994, and was appointed Head of Defence Clinical Psychology for the MoD in 2007 and became Defence Consultant Advisor in Psychology in 2008.

In 2004,  he became an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Military Psychology at King’s College London, an Honorary Lecturer in Psychology at City University London and a Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University and University of Hertfordshire. He is also an Honorary Consultant Advisor to the charity Soldier On!, Honorary Joint President of the Cardiff Samaritans and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Counselling and Psychotherapy Society, the Hypnosis Society and the Royal Society of Medicine.

Currently, he is the President Elect of British Psychology Society.

Some of his publications include:

    • Frappell-Cooke, W, Gulina, M, Green, K, Hacker Hughes, JGH and Greenberg, N  (2010). Does trauma risk management reduce psychological distress in deployed  troops? Occupational Medicine  doi:10.1093/occmed/kqq149
    • Gould, M, Hacker Hughes, J and Norris, R. (2009). UK Armed Forces’ approach to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT): The occupational factor. Clinical Psychology Forum, 19.
    • Campion, BH, Hacker Hughes, JGH and Fear, NT  (2006). Psychological morbidity during the 2002 deployment to Afghanistan. Journal of the Royal  Army Medical Corps, 152, 91-3.

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For further information and full list of his publications you can visit his website here.

Published: 28 October 2014

Last update: 04 February 2015


Keith Laws

Keith LawsKeith Laws is professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology and head of research in the School of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He completed his PhD Experimental Psychology at University of Cambridge and is the author of over 100 papers and a recent book entitled ‘Category-Specificity: Evidence for Modularity of Mind’.

He is a chartered psychologist, associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching and various academic organisations including the British Neuropsychological Society, British Neuropsychiatry Association, and Experimental Psychology Society.

One consistent themes of his research over the past 20 years has been the cognitive deficits that blight the lives of people with schizophrenia. Two of his papers (Laws 1999; Hill et al 2004) were described as among the top 70 most influential published articles in schizophrenia (“Just the Facts”: What we know in 2008 Schizophrenia Research, 100, Tanden et al 2008).

Laws has been a strong critic of the use of CBT for treating the psychotic symptoms associated with schizophrenia

In 1999, he received a Young Investigator Award (from the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research), which described his research as ‘superior’ and identified him as a ‘future leader’ in the schizophrenia field. Another recent article examining the use of CBT in people with schizophrenia (‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for major psychiatric disorder: does it really work? Lynch, Laws & McKenna 2010) published in Psychological Medicine is amongst the most accessed articles in 50 years of the journal.

Most recently, his research has also focused on cognitive problems in Alzheimer’s disease, body dysmorphic disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Laws’ research has often been featured in the media around the world including, for example, his work on how the recreational drug Ecstasy impairs memory, and how women are better at multitasking than men.

He has been interviewed by numerous radio stations, and featured in newspapers and magazines ranging from the Sun to the Telegraph, the Times, Newsweek, Reuters, Scientific American, and Nature.

Laws serves as section editor of BMC Psychology and Plos One. Also, he has a blog about Cognitive Neuropsychology. Follow him on Twitter @Keith_Laws for latest tweets about Cognitive Neuropsychology.

Credits to University of Hertfordshire

Published: 09 March 2014

Last update: 03 February 2015