University of Sussex 9-10th July 2021

Bookings are now open for ATP International Teachers' Conference 2021!

The 50th Anniversary ATP International Psychology Teachers Conference will take place at the University of Sussex from Friday 9th to Saturday 10th July 2021. 

There will be limited additional accommodation available to book on the Thursday night for those who would like to arrive early. We will also have another ATP Fringe event on the Thursday night, which will be free to delegates (More details to follow.) 

If for any reason the government says that we are not permitted to hold the conference due to Covid-19, we will not be postponing again, but will instead hold a two-day virtual conference. This will have as many elements of our face-to-face conference that we can squeeze in, including plenty of networking opportunities.

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Keynote Speakers
ATP Fringe

Following on from our successful launch of the ATP Fringe event, we will be offering this again in 2021. It takes place on the Thursday evening before conference starts and is free to delegates who have booked onto the conference. Check Facebook or our website regularly for updates.

Sponsored places

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Sarah Atayero - Royal Holloway University

Sarah (BA, MSc) is a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at Royal Holloway University and a Director of the BiPP Network and organisation that prioritises the advancement and representation of Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds in psychiatry and psychology. A former Assistant Psychologist within the NHS’ Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative, she has worked with both adults and young people with a range of common mental health problems. Sarah has campaigned, written and published extensively on the experiences of Black British individuals’ experience of the UK mental health system. Features include The Psychologist magazine, Black Ballad, gal-dem and the 2018 anthology ‘The Colour of Madness’.

Decolonising the psychology curriculum: How does that make you feel?

Following the events that shook the world last summer, there has been a sudden ‘awakening’ to the inequalities, discrimination and racism that individuals from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds face in all aspects of life. There is now a widespread call to ‘decolonise’ institutions, from healthcare to education. What does this mean and why is it important in secondary and tertiary psychological education? Education has the power to indoctrinate and promote certain cultural values and practices. Thus, as educators we have a responsibility to teach our subject's history, even if that means addressing an uncomfortable past. 

In this talk, Trainee Clinical Psychologist Sarah Atayero (BA, MSc) will explore how the colonial history of psychological theory contributes to racial inequalities in not only the psychology curriculum, but also in mental health research and treatment. By addressing this past and discussing what decolonisation looks like in practice, Sarah hopes to educate and empower teachers, academics and clinicians to champion diversity and inclusion within psychology.

Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke - Confirmed for 2021!!!

We are delighted to announce our first keynote speaker is Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke. He is currently Professor of Developmental Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Kings College London. He is Honorary Skou Professor at Aarhus University School of Medicine, Denmark. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

What are the implications of the English and Romanian Adoptees (ERA) study for our understanding of neuro-developmental disorders? 

In the English Romanian Adoptees (ERA) study, adults exposed as young children to between 6 and 43 months of extreme deprivation in the Romanian orphanages that existed at the time of the fall of the Communist regime prior to their adoption, displayed a 7-fold elevation of risk for ADHD. An effect that is extremely hard to explain in terms genetic factors. In this talk, I will describe the ERA study, as a unique natural experiment, and review its key clinical, neuropsychological and brain imaging findings. I will explain how the study has provided new insights into early environmental influences on neuro-development and mental health – especially as these relate to neuro-development.

Professor Sophie Scott, University College London

Professor Sophie Scott FMedSci FBA is Director of the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience (UCL), and Head of the Speech Communications Group. She did her PhD at UCL between 1990-1993 and worked at for the Medical Research Council between 1993-1998, before returning to UCL to take up a series of Wellcome Trust Fellowships. Her research interests include the neural basis of vocal communication - how our brains process the information in speech and voices, and how our brains control the production of our voice. She is also interested in how we express emotion in our voices, especially laughter.

The science of laughter


Laughter is a very common non-verbal expression of emotion. Often associated with amusement and humour, laughter is more commonly produced for purely social and communicative reasons; within communicative settings it can be used in highly complex and nuanced ways. In this talk I will explore the evolution, acoustic and neural origins of laughter, and explore some of the complexities of its use in interactions. I will also discuss some of the ways that laughter can help - and occasionally hinder - communications.

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