Coaching Psychology Unit

Advisory Board

International Advisory Board

The Coaching Psychology Unit has an International Advisory Board members who are leading experts in their fields of work. They contribute to the Coaching Psychology Research Unit by supporting our work and collaborating on projects.

Prof Tatiana Bachkirova

Tatiana Bachkirova

MEd, MSc, PhD, C Psychol, AFBPsS

Tatiana is Professor of Coaching Psychology and Director of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies at Oxford Brookes University, UK She leads the programme of Advanced Study in Coaching Supervision and chairing the International Conference in Coaching Supervision. Tatiana is an active researcher in individual development and author of Developmental Coaching: Working with the Self (2011).


Dr Anthony Grant

Dr Anthony Grant

A/Prof Anthony M Grant is globally recognised as a key pioneer of Coaching Psychology and evidence-based approaches to coaching.

Anthony has considerable coaching experience at senior levels with leading Australian and global corporations in the government, financial, legal, media and consumer sectors. In his private executive coaching practice he has conducted numerous senior executive coaching assignments, designed and facilitated many leadership trainings, mentoring  programs, and “leader as coach” programs for leading Australian and global organisations. Dr Grant has been coaching at senior levels since 1999, and has well over 10,000 hours of senior executive coaching experience, and has held long-standing coaching relationships for many years with many of his client organisations.

Anthony left school at the age of fifteen with no qualifications, completed training as a carpenter and ran his own contracting business. Embarking on a second career in direct sales and marketing, he began tertiary studies in 1993 as a mature age student and then commencing a third career in his 30’s with tertiary studies in psychology. He holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology, a MA in Behavioural Science and a PhD on the topic of Coaching Psychology. In January 2000 Anthony established the world’s first Coaching Psychology Unit in the School of Psychology at Sydney University where he is the Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit and where he holds a continuing appointment as an Associate Professor.

He is also a Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK; a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne School of Business, Melbourne University; and an Associate Fellow at the Säid School of Business, Oxford University. In 2007 Anthony was awarded the British Psychological Society Award for outstanding professional and scientific contribution to Coaching Psychology, and in 2009 he was awarded the “Vision of Excellence Award” from Harvard University for his pioneering work in helping to develop a scientific foundation to coaching. He was a 2014 Scientist in Residence for the ABC - the Australian National Broadcaster and in 2016 was awarded the Australian Psychological Society “Workplace Excellence Award for Coaching and Leadership”. In 2017 he received the “Contribution to Coaching Award” from Reading University’s Henley Business School.

Anthony has written eight books on evidence based coaching and has over 100 coaching related publications in the peer reviewed and professional press, including seven randomised controlled coaching outcome studies.

Anthony’s approach to coaching is theoretically-grounded but highly practical. His approach is one of informed flexibility. Rather than offer pre-packaged coaching products, he works collaboratively with clients to develop personalised coaching solutions that align closely with the client’s own business and individual needs. Not surprisingly, his work is strongly solution-focused and evidence-based.

Dr Suzy Green

Suzy Green

Dr Suzy Green is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist (MAPS) and Founder of The Positivity Institute, a positively deviant organisation dedicated to the research and application of Positive Psychology for life, school and work.  Suzy is a leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology having conducted a world-first study on evidence-based coaching as an Applied Positive Psychology.  Suzy lectured on Applied Positive Psychology as a Senior Adjunct Lecturer in the Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney for ten years and is an Honorary Vice President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology.  Suzy also currently holds Honorary Academic positions at the School of Business, University of Western Sydney, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Institute for Positive Psychology & Education (IPPE), Australian Catholic University and the Black Dog Institute.  


Dr Kristina Gyllensten

Kristina Gyllensten

DPsych, registered psychologist, CBT psychotherapist, and psychological coach.

Kristina works as a psychologist and researcher at Occupational Medicine at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg Sweden. She also has a private practice as a psychological coach and CBT psychotherapist. She has conducted a number of studies investigating coaching and stress. Her particular interests are workplace stress, stress management, and cognitive behavioural therapy and coaching, on which she has co-authored a number of articles and chapters.

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Dr Ho Law

Dr Ho Law


Ho Law is a practitioner psychologist, an internationally renowned professor and consultant in coaching psychology, with over 30 years experience in research and practice. He delivered numerous workshops/conference seminars and carried out consultancy work in the UK and abroad (the East and West: over 15 countries and 50 cities); Ho was the Programme Advisor for Coaching at the University of Cambridge (2015-16); a visiting professor of Coaching Psychology at the University of Lisbon (2013-14) and narrative research at the East China Normal University (2017). Ho values diversity in people, and respects their cultures and believes in equal opportunities for all. He was one of the first equality advisors to the Assistant Permanent Under Secretary of State in the UK Home Office, and the Deputy chair of the BPS Standing Committee for Promotion of Equal Opportunities; Ho has been advocating narrative coaching for diverse communities and social enterprises in the UK. He is a founding member of the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology; founding director (accredited member & treasurer) of the International Society for Coaching Psychology.

Research interest:

Coaching & community psychology; compassion & mindfulness in healthcare practice; cross cultural narrative research & practice, and impact evaluation.

Achievement awards:

Local Promoters for Cultural Diversity Project (2003), the Positive Image (2004) 

The first Student Led Teaching Award (UEL 2013) - Best Supervisor.

Founder, Empsy® Network, Cambridge Coaching Psychology Group

Founding Chair (2016-17) The British Psychological Society (BPS) East of England

Chair (2010-11) BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology

Chair (2014-15) BPS Psychotherapy Section

Founder Director (Treasurer), ISCP

Editor, Transpersonal Psychology Review

Founder, Empsy® Narrative Coaching

Honorary Vice President, Coaching & Mentoring Asia.



Dr Alanna O’Broin

PhD CPsychol AFBPsS MISCP accred

Alanna is a practicing independent coaching psychologist, and a Chartered Counselling Psychologist whose main framework is cognitive behavioural within an integrative approach.   Her first career was in the financial sector with leading international investor, 3i Group Plc.  Previously co-editor of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, Alanna is a Consulting Editor of The Coaching Psychologist.  Her publication of peer-reviewed journal articles, and several book chapters reflect Alanna’s research and practice interests, primarily the coaching relationship and its impact on coaching process and outcomes, and exploring boundaries in helping relationships.

Her doctorate research, conducted at City University London, explored coachee and coach experiences of forming coaching relationships, as well as how the coach adapts to their coachee in its first, qualitative phase.  Using themes deriving from its first phase, the second quantitative phase developed a self-report questionnaire (Forming the Coachee-Coach Relationship Questionnaire – FCCRQ) with a sample of 368 psychologist and non-psychologist coaches.  As well as a significant positive correlation with the Working Alliance Inventory (WAI), findings across the studies suggested the salient role of Active Confident as well as Mutually Agreed Collaboration; universal adapting to the coachee (particularly in terms of the style of the coach); and a broader conceptualisation of the bond, incorporating aspects of engagement and dis-engagement. 

Alanna’s publications on the coaching relationship and associated topics span over a decade, and cover a range of perspectives, drawing from the domains of coaching, therapy, sport psychology, relationship science and positive psychology.  Her writing also includes a cognitive behavioural coaching perspective on the coaching relationship.  More recently, as the volume of studies has increased, Alanna has reviewed the coaching relationship research literature in book chapters.   Whilst Alanna emphasises many similarities between the coaching and other helping relationships, most notably the key concept of the coaching alliance, many (sometimes nuanced) differences are also noted, not least the context, and the need for further research studies remains, as the coaching relationship literature is still relatively young.

List of publications:


O’Broin, A. (2016). Where we have been, where we are now, and where we might be heading: Where next for the coaching relationship? In O.M. Spaten and A. O’Broin (eds.), The Coaching Relationship – and beyond. Aalborg: Aalborg University Library.

O’Broin, A., Spaten, O.  M. and Olesen Løkken, L. (2016). The quest for research in the coaching relationship. In O.M. Spaten and A. O’Broin (eds.), The Coaching Relationship – and beyond. Aalborg: Aalborg University Library.

Spaten, O. M., O’Broin, A. and Olesen Løkken, L. (2016). The Coaching Relationship – and beyond. In O.M. Spaten and A. O’Broin (eds.), The Coaching Relationship – and beyond. Aalborg: Aalborg University Library.

Book chapters

O’Broin, A. & Palmer, S. (in press).  The coaching relationship: A key role in coaching processes and outcomes. Handbook of Coaching Psychology.

O’Broin, A. (2015). The therapeutic relationship. In S. Palmer (ed.) Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy.  London: Sage.

O’Broin, A. & Palmer, (2012). Enhancing the coaching alliance and relationship. In S. Palmer and M. Neenan (eds.), Cognitive Behavioural Coaching in Practice: An Evidence based approach. Hove: Routledge.

O’Broin, A. & Palmer, S. (2010a). Introducing an interpersonal perspective on the coaching relationship. In S. Palmer and A. McDowall (eds.), The Coaching Relationship: Putting People First. London: Routledge.

O’Broin, A. & Palmer, S. (2010b). Building on an interpersonal perspective on the coaching relationship. In S. Palmer and A. McDowall (eds.), The Coaching Relationship: Putting People First. London: Routledge.

O’Broin, A. & Palmer, S. (2007). Re-appraising the coach-client relationship: The unassuming change agent in coaching. In S. Palmer and A. Whybrow (eds.), Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A guide for practitioners. London: Routledge.

Peer reviewed Journal articles

O’Broin, A. (2011). Coaching, philosophy, eclecticism and positivism: A commentary. Annual Review of High Performance Coaching and Consulting: International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 81-83.

Jowett, S., O’Broin, A. & Palmer, S. (2010). On understanding the role and significance of a key two-person relationship in sport and executive coaching. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, 6(2), 19-30.

O’Broin, A. & Palmer, S. (2010c). Exploring key aspects in the formation of coaching relationships: Initial indicators from the perspective of the coachee and the coach. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 3(3), 124-143.

O’Broin, A. & Palmer, S. (2010d). The Coaching Alliance as a universal concept spanning conceptual approaches. Coaching Psychology International, 3(1), 3-6.

O’Broin, A. & Palmer, S. (2009). Co-creating an optimal coaching alliance: A Cognitive Behavioural Coaching perspective. International Coaching Psychology Review, 4(2), 184-194.

O’Broin, A. (2008). All-or-nothing thinking: Using thinking skills to re-appraise performance-interfering thinking. International Coaching Psychology Review, 3(3), 250-252.

O’Broin, A. & Palmer, S. (2006a). The coach-client relationship and contributions made by the coach in improving coaching outcome. The Coaching Psychologist, 2(2), 16-20.

O’Broin, A. & Palmer, S. (2006b). Win-win situation? Learning from parallels and differences between coaching psychology and sport psychology. The Coaching Psychologist, 2(3), 17-23.

Unpublished PhD thesis

O’Broin, A. (2013). Whither the coaching relationship?: A mixed methods study exploring key apsects, and examining boundaries, in its formation. Unpublished PhD thesis. City University London.

Dr Siobhain O’Riordan

Dr Siobhain O’Riordan

PhD CPsychol CSci FISCP

Siobhain is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and International Society for Coaching Psychology Accredited Coaching Psychologist and Supervisor.  She is a Course Co-Director/Trainer on the coaching and coaching psychology programmes at the Centre for Coaching (UK).

She is a past Editor of the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education and The Coaching Psychologist.  Currently she is the Editor/Co-Editor of Coaching Psychology International, the European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology and the International Journal of Stress Prevention and Well-being.  Siobhain is also the Founder Chair of the International Society for Coaching Psychology and a member of the International Research Centre Development Team of the ISCP International Centre for Coaching Psychology Research.

Her ongoing coaching psychology research interests are focused on the areas of Stress, Leadership, Developmental Coaching, Health Promotion/Education including the impact of Digital Applications.

Dr Alison Whybrow

Alison Whybrow

PhD BSc CPsychol AFBPS

Alison, together with colleagues in the UK and internationally was at the forefront of the development of Coaching Psychology in the early 00’s. She has contributed papers, chapters and books on the subject of Coaching Psychology, led research into developing coaching culture and directed Masters programmes in Coaching Practice. As a consulting editor to Coaching and Coaching Psychology Journals and a contributor to the ISCP as well as University programmes across Europe, Alison maintains a keen focus on developments in the Coaching Psychology field whilst running a practice as a coach, consultant and coaching supervisor located in London, UK. Alison specialises in leadership coaching, senior team development and system change.


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