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Professor Rachel Calam (BA (Hons), M.Clin.Psychol., PhD, AFBPS) - personal details

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Professor Rachel Calam

Role: Professor of Child and Family Psychology

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 0403


School of Psychological Sciences
Second Floor, Zochonis Building
Brunswick Street
Manchester M13 9PL

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Parenting and Family Research Group (PFRG)

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Telephone: +44 (0)161 306 0404




After studying for her PhD developmental psychology, Rachel Calam moved into research on child maltreatment. Following training as a clinical psychologist, she worked at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital at Pendlebury before taking up a post as Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool.  She came to work on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester in 1992, and was Programme Director from 1994 to 2011.

She collaborates with Professor Matt Sanders, Universities of Queensland and Manchester on research into parenting interventions, and is lead of the Parenting and Family Research Group at Manchester. Current projects focus on parenting in families with significant metnal health difficulties, with an MRC funded project on parenting and bipolar disorder with colleagues at Lancaster University. A series of studies by PhD students has examined parenting in different cultures and countries, including Panama and Syria.

A second significant area of activity is her work on developing computer-assisted interviewing as a means of helping to give a voice to children. An interview "In My Shoes" that she and colleagues developed in a collaboration between the Unversities of Liverpool and Manchester is now disseminated internationally. The approach is being tested in a collaborative grant with colleagues at Uppsala University funded by the Swedish Research Council.

She has served on the British Psychological Society's Committee on Training in Clinical Psychology.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

  • British Psychological Society (Associate Fellow and Chartered Psychologist)
  • British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy


BA (Hons), Psychology, Liverpool
M.Clin. Psychol., Liverpool
PhD, Psychology, Liverpool


Professor Calam is currently Head of the School of Psychological Sciences.


Professor Calam teaches on lifespan approaches to understanding children and families, child maltreatment and prevention science. She was previously programme director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  She has collaborated on research on interdisciplinary teaching approaches.