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Professor Stephen Palmer PhD CPsychol CSci CMIOSH FISMA (Hon) President - ISMA International


Prof Stephen Palmer is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner with a special interest in stress management, performance and well-being. He is HCPC Registered Health & Counselling Psychologist, a member of the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors and holds the European Certificate in Psychology (Clinical & Health). His PhD thesis was entitled, Stress: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives.

Stephen is Founder Director of the Centre for Stress Management (1987) and the Centre for Coaching, London (2001). He has been UK’s first visiting Professor of Work-Based Learning and Stress Management at the Institute for Work-Based Learning, Middlesex University since 2001. In 2016, he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Coaching Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark.

Stephen has authored over 225 articles and 47 books on a range of topics including stress management, resilience, well-being, self-esteem and self-acceptance, positive and coaching psychology, suicide prevention, death and bereavement, cognitive behavioural and rational emotive behaviour therapy, psychotherapy and counselling. He is also Consulting and Executive Editor of several journals.

He is actively involved in a number of professional bodies as President, Vice-President, Founder, Director, Chair and Deputy Chair. He is a Fellow and former Vice President of ISMAUK. He has been a member of ISMAUK (and the former ISTCS) since 1987 and was Editor of Stress News.

In 2000, Stephen received the Annual Counselling Psychology Award from the British Psychological Society, Division of Counselling Psychology, for his ‘Outstanding professional and scientific contribution to counselling psychology in Britain’. In 2008, he received a Distinguished Award for his outstanding and continued contribution to coaching psychology from the British Psychological Society's Special Group in Coaching Psychology.

His personal interests include jazz, art and coastal walking.