Martin Seager is a consultant clinical psychologist and adult psychotherapist. He worked in the NHS for over 30 years and was head of psychological services in two NHS Trusts. He is also a an author and lecturer on mental health, compassion and male gender issues. He has worked in the voluntary sector with St Mungo’s, a London-based Charity for homeless people and also advised the Big Issue on mental health. He has been a branch consultant to the Central London Samaritans since 2006 and has recently been advising the National Samaritans. He has done regular mental health broadcasting with BBC Essex (2003-2007) and BBC Radio Five Live (from 2007-9) and made appearances on many other programmes including BBC Radio 4’s “All in the Mind”.
He currently works part-time for CGL, a drugs and alcohol charity. He is a mental health campaigner who works constantly to change attitudes to mental health and to bring psychological literacy to organisations and society as a whole. To this end in 2006 he formed a national advisory group on behalf of Patricia Hewitt when she was the Health Secretary. He is in various ways trying to raise awareness of the psychology of the male gender, particularly in relation to suicide and mental health generally. He is an adviser on mental health to the College of Medicine and has a particular interest in public mental health with an emphasis on attachment and empathy in organisations, local communities and across society as a whole.
He has recently become an advisor to the Self-Esteem team headed by Natasha Devon, until recently the government’s mental health champion for young people. He is passionate about the mental well-being of our professional care workers in the NHS and has written and taught on the issue of how we can create psychologically-minded work environments that help staff give of their best and avoid burn-out, stress and sickness. He co-founded the Men’s Psychology Research Team with John Barry and Luke Sullivan out of which sprang a proposal for a male psychology section of the BPS and the male psychology conference which is now in its third year.
Dr. Warren Farrell
Dr. Warren Farrell has been training psychologists and helping professionals throughout the world on parenting, gender and couples’ communication issues since the early 1970’s. He has taught the psychology of gender roles and parenting at the California School of Professional Psychology, and at the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.
He has been a resident lecturer at Yale, spoken at Harvard and Stanford, and taught in five different disciplines at Rutgers, Brooklyn College and Georgetown University. He was chosen by President Johnson as one of five young educators to be invited to the White House Conference on Education.
Dr. Farrell began his research on gender issues in the ‘60s. His first book, The Liberated Man, was published in 1974. It was from the women’s perspective and the feminist perspective. By the ‘80s, he began noticing that men were feeling misrepresented, and his award-winning national best-seller, Why Men Are The Way They Are, was written to answer women’s questions about men in a way that rings true for men. The New York Postcalls it "the most important book ever written about love, sex, and intimacy."The Financial Times selected him as one of the world’s top 100 Thought Leaders.
Dr. Farrell’s support for women and women’s issues is reflected in his being the only man in the US ever elected three times to the Board of Directors of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in New York City. He has also taught in the Department of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University, and was the only man to speak at California Governor Wilson’s conferences on women and also his conference on fathers.
The American Psychological Association’s official publication on gender, Bridging Separate Gender Worlds, published in 1999, recommends all three of Dr. Farrell’s books that were published prior to 1999. (He is the only scholar for whom they recommended three books.)
Warren’s expertise benefits from engaging with the public via popular media. He has repeatedly appeared on Oprah, the Today Show, and made over 1000 TV and radio appearances worldwide, including BBC 2. He has been interviewed by Larry King, Charlie Rose, Peter Jennings and Barbara Walters, and featured repeatedly in The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and hundreds of papers worldwide.
Dr Gijsbert Stoet
Dr Stoet is a world-leading expert on gender differences in education. His views are sought widely in academia and the media. His aim is to understand and improve the reasons that boys are falling behind girls in education. More generally, he seeks to understand why, for example, British boys fall behind in reading skills, and British girls in mathematics (this is the case in most countries).
Dr Stoet's groundbreaking work is funded with grants from the ESRC, NIH, German Science Foundation (DFG), Max-Planck-Society, James S. McDonnell Foundation, British Academy, and Nuffield Foundation. His keynote speech will explore the sex differences often seen in various aspects of education, and their implications for the lifetime opportunities of boys and girls.