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Honorary Professor made a Dame

14 January 2014

Rachel Atkinson

Professor Sue Bailey made a Dame

Professor Sue Bailey was given the award for her services to psychiatry and for voluntary service to people with mental health conditions

An Honorary Professor at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been made a Dame in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Professor Sue Bailey, who received an OBE in 2002, was given the award for her services to psychiatry and for voluntary service to people with mental health conditions.

She is a member of the Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm and she is currently working with UCLan’s Professor Nicky Stanley, Professor Soo Downe and colleagues in the School of Social Work on the PEACH study which is reviewing preventive interventions in domestic abuse for children and young people.

“I was excited, delighted and deeply honoured to be made a Dame in the New Year’s Honours List.”

“I was excited, delighted and deeply honoured to be made a Dame in the New Year’s Honours List,” she said.

“The projects I’m involved in at UCLan go to the heart of how research can be of real tangible benefit to public health and in particular to vulnerable groups within communities, especially children and those with mental health problems, including victims of violence and abuse.

“The research programme at UCLan serves to inform and improve practice across the whole of the social care, education, health and justice workforce. It also provides evidence to deliver prevention strategies in order to build psychosocial resilience in individuals, families and whole communities. This is really important for myself as a clinician caring for young people with mental health problems who are both victims and perpetrators.”

The child and adolescent forensic psychiatrist has worked in the field of child psychiatry for over 30 years and she is currently president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Professor Bailey appeared as an expert witness in the James Bulger murder trial in 1993, and spent several years working with Jon Venables, one of the killers, to get him to accept responsibility for this crime.