Dr Ceri Sims


Senior Lecturer

Health and Social Sciences


Dr Ceri Sims has years of expertise in lecturing and researching in Psychology.  She is also a Coaching Psychologist, an International Editorial Adviser for European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology and a member of the advisory team for the ISCP's International Centre for Coaching Psychology Research. Her PhD and early lecturing work was at Durham University. She worked for several years as a research scientist at the Medical Research Council’s former Cognitive Development Unit and then worked as senior lecturer for many years at Middlesex University. She started at Bucks New University as leader for the Masters Research Methods module before taking on a senior lectureship position at Bucks New University. She has been with us since 2013.

Dr Sims runs modules on the Masters programme for Applied Positive Psychology, leads a course on Positive Psychology in Coaching and supervises doctoral students. Ceri also leads on developing and running specialist Leadership Programmes for various NHS Trusts. She is an external examiner for the Masters in Positive and Coaching Psychology at University College Cork.

Her research productivity has been broad with a particular interest in Developmental and Coaching Psychology, with a current focus on developing strengths awareness and Appreciative Coaching that embraces suffering and the shadow side. She is also involved in research on leadership development in education and business. Ceri continues to be a regular reviewer for peer-reviewed psychology journals.  She enjoys working with students wanting to put academic knowledge into practice, and she light-heartedly calls herself a ‘pracademic.’