Leadership of ESPA

Executive Committee

Dr. Jane Duff

Chair
Dr Jane Duff has been a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the National Spinal Injury Centre (NSIC), Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust since 2008 and became Head of the NSIC Department of Clinical Psychology in 2016. Jane completed her Doctoral Research in Post Traumatic Stress and Spinal Cord Injury at the Salisbury Spinal Centre in the UK and joined Stoke Mandeville in 1997. Jane has published research in coping and adjustment, post traumatic stress, quality of life and rehabilitation/goal planning. 1997-2010 Jane served on a variety of local and national committees of the Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology and Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society. As a member of the NSIC Leadership team she supported the CARF reaccreditation in 2014 and 2018 and was convenor for the UK 31 st Guttmann Meeting in 2014. She is currently the UK and Ireland Spinal Injury Psychology Advisory Group representative on the NHS England SCI Working Group. Jane has additional training as a coach and is interested in enabling service user’s experience of healthcare to be collaborative, facilitating the development of lifelong self-management skills. Jane joined the ESPA Leadership team in 2016 following the untimely passing of Professor Paul Kennedy and was nominated as Chair at the Oxford Conference in 2017 @DuffJs on Twitter
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Dr. Peter Lude

Committee Member
Together with Professor Paul Kennedy and Dr Magnus Elfström, Dr Peter Lude is one of the ESPA founding members. In 1984, he had an accident resulting in a tetraplegia. After one year of rehabilitation, Peter studied psychology at the University of Bern where he added a 4-year postgraduate training in cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy. In 2009, he completed postgraduate training in clinical hypnosis; in 2016, postgraduate training in the person- centered approaches. He has been working in private practice since 1994. In 2004, he was awarded the Ludwig Guttmann-Prize by the German Speaking Society for Paraplegia together with Yvonne Lude; and in 2011, together with Paul Kennedy and Magnus Elfström was again recognised. Peter has been an affiliate faculty member of the Swiss Paraplegic Centre and the Swiss Paraplegic Research since 2004. He had been a lecturer in rehabilitation psychology at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, School of Applied Psychology, Zurich, for eight years, where he still works as an expert, and is a lecturer at the Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences, Department of Health Science, Zurich. He has been involved in national and international research projects, published and co-edited books, chapters and articles in scientific journals on the coping and adjustment process of spinal cord injury; and in 2012, developed modules of elearnsci.org , and leads on updates. In 2009, Peter was elected as a member of the municipal council, he is currently Vice-Mayor and head of the health department, education department and age department.
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Dr. Magnus Elfström

Committee Member
Dr Magnus Elfström is a member of the committee since 2005, when ESPA was founded. He is an associate professor (Reader) at Mälardalen University in Eskilstuna/Västerås, Sweden, where he works as a senior lecturer of psychology and vice-leader of a research group in behavioural medicine, health and lifestyle. Magnus gained his doctorate from the University of Gothenburg in 2000, based on the thesis Coping strategies and health-related quality of life in persons with traumatic spinal cord lesion. He earned his license to practise as a psychologist in 1999 and has since then worked within: rehabilitation assessment at a national hospital; treatment of dental fear in the public dental service; and external evaluations of rehabilitation outcomes in different projects in the public sector. Scientifically, Magnus has published widely in international medical, psychological and odontological journals, and coping and quality of life in spinal cord injury has been one of his core themes. In 2011, Peter Lude, Paul Kennedy and Magnus Elfström were awarded the Ludwig-Guttmann-Award from the German speaking medical society for paraplegia.
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Dr. Jasmine Hearn

Secetary
Dr Jasmine Hearn is a lecturer in psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University, and primarily teaches Health Psychology and Research Methods. Her research, conducted in conjunction with The National Spinal Injuries Centre, specialises in neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury. In 2014, her PhD work qualitatively exploring the experience of neuropathic pain after SCI was awarded the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals Award for Outstanding Trainee Research. She is an accredited mindfulness teacher and is particularly interested in mindfulness and its applications to coping with pain and spinal cord injury, as well as in medical training. Jasmine first became involved in the leadership of ESPA in 2016 when Professor Paul Kennedy invited her to become secretary of the association.
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Scientific Committee

Dr Katherine Finlay

Dr Katherine Finlay is a Chartered Psychologist and Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading. She is a full member of the Division of Health Psychology at the British Psychological Society (BPS) and has recently been elected to the BPS Physical Health Task and Finish Group informing UK-wide policy and procedures for the management of physical health conditions. Katherine has a special interest in Spinal Cord Injury and chronic pain and holds an honorary research contract at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville. Her work focuses on supporting people in self-managing their chronic health conditions and investigating what facilitates living well with SCI long-term after discharge from rehabilitation. Katherine has expertise in working with peer-to-peer social support networks for people living with pain and her research in Health Psychology and Behaviour Change means that she has a keen interest in developing tailored interventions for SCI, inclusive of pain management programmes, mental health support, mindfulness, sexual health and community-based support groups. Katherine works closely with SCI charitable partners on grant-funded research projects into SCI-related mental health and neuropathic pain. Katherine supervises multiple PhD students undertaking research in SCI and has secured commercially-funded PhD studentships with charitable partners and pharmaceutical companies. She has published more than twenty peer reviewed papers, two book chapters and presented at more than 40 academic conferences. Katherine is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a member of the Behaviour, Emotion and Cognition Lab and Pain Lab at the University of Reading, having previously also led the Centre for Health and Relationships at the University of Buckingham. Katherine is delighted to be part of the ESPA scientific committee and is committed to growing the profile and impact of SCI research across the UK and Europe.
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Dr Tijn van Diemen

Dr. Tijn van Diemen has been a Healthcare psychologist in the Sint Maartenskliniek in Nijmegen, the Netherlands since 2003. He is currently working for the spinal cord injury department. He studied Psychology with specialization neuro- and rehabilitation psychology, and graduated in 1994 at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. From 1994 till 2002 he worked mostly as a neuropsychologist in different organisations. After completing a cognitive behavioural therapy training in 2008, he began to do research besides his clinical work as a psychologist. First a cross-sectional study with respect to coping flexibility, later this was studied longitudinal. In May 2015 Tijn was able to start as a PhD candidate at De Hoogstraat rehabilitation in Utrecht combined with the University of Groningen. The title of his theses: self-management, self-efficacy and secondary health conditions in people with spinal cord injury. This mix-methods study includes all 8 rehabilitation centres in the Netherlands with a specialization in spinal cord injury. After he completed his PhD in 2020 he is doing research in the Sint Maartenskliniek, beside his clinical work. Tijn is the chair of the workforce psychology of the Dutch and Famish Society of Spinal Cord Injury and member of the board.
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Founding Chair - Professor Paul Kennedy

Professor Paul Kennedy, founding chair of ESPA, received tributes from colleagues across the world on his untimely passing in September 2016.

Dr Jane Duff was requested to be Interim Chair until the BAGM, Oxford 2017.
Tributes to Paul Kennedy

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