Press Release

18 July 2011

A Christ Church Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor is to receive a prestigious national British Psychological Society award for his impact on clinical psychology.

Professor Tony Lavender, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Knowledge Exchange) at Canterbury Christ Church University, receives the MB Shapiro Award 2011 in recognition of the significant impact he has made on knowledge and practice in British clinical psychology, as well as for developing widely recognised innovation in the field.

The MB Shapiro award, presented by the Division of Clinical Psychology Awards Committee of the British Psychological Society (BPS), was created in 1984 in honor of Monte Shapiro, to celebrate outstanding clinical psychologists at the later stage of their career. Monte Shapiro was a gifted clinical psychologist who worked at the Institute of Psychiatry and the Maudsley from the late 1940s and contributed significantly to establishing clinical psychology in the UK.

Former DCP Chair Tim Cate said:”Professor Lavender’s contribution towards workforce planning has been of the upmost importance to clinical psychology, most recently as co-chair for the New Ways of Working for Applied Psychologists.  He has worked for many years in the area of workforce planning and his impact in developing clinical psychology nationally should not be underestimated.”

Professor Lavender said: “I am delighted to receive the award which is an important mark of recognition by my clinical psychology colleagues.  I have always sought to ensure that clinical psychology develops in a way that never loses sight of its purpose, which is to improve the psychological wellbeing of individuals, families and communities”.

“I have been overwhelmed by the number of responses from colleagues offering their congratulations and well wishes. I am particularly honoured to be given an award in the name of Monte Shapiro who had so much influence on the establishment of clinical psychology in the UK and whom I had the privilege to be taught by during my training as a South East Thames Regional Health Authority sponsored trainee at the Institute of Psychiatry.”

Professor Tony Lavender will be presented with the Award at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference in Birmingham, which takes place between 1 and 2 December 2011, where he will also be delivering a lecture to mark the occasion.


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.


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