© Peter Hodgkinson 2016

Dr Peter E Hodgkinson Chartered Clinical Psychologist - Military Historian


Peter Hodgkinson graduated from Durham University with a First Class Honours degree (BA) in Psychology in 1976; and from the Institute of Psychiatry, London University, with an MPhil in Clinical Psychology in 1978.

Forensic psychology

In 1980 he began work at the St Charles Youth Treatment Centre, Brentwood, Essex, one of two national high-security units, with adolescents who had committed grave offences.

In 1983 he was appointed Principal Clinical Psychologist to the then South East Thames Regional Health Authority Forensic Psychiatry Service (SASS), helping establish the regional secure unit at Bexley Hospital, Kent - the Bracton Clinic. He conducted research on the use of seclusion, institutional patterns of assaults on staff and the development of the forensic psychiatry service.

First edition 1991

Second edition 1998

Coping with Catastrophe, was the first book published in the UK on post-disaster psychosocial aftercare.

Disaster and trauma

In 1987 Peter was asked to help Kent County Council plan their response to the Zeebrugge Disaster. He directed a team of 10 clinicians working with the passenger survivors and bereaved.

In conjunction with Dr Colin Murray Parkes, he constructed an interview format which formed the basis of a research study into psychological effects on survivors and the bereaved within the first year.

With Professor William Yule and colleagues at the Institute of Psychiatry, he devised a three-year questionnaire follow-up. A variety of papers were published as a result of this joint endeavour.

From 1988, Peter and Michael Stewart, who had directed aftercare following the 1985 Bradford Fire were asked to work in a consultative and training capacity for social services departments and health authorities in the wake of the Piper Alpha Disaster, the Clapham Train Crash, the Lockerbie Disaster, the Kegworth Disaster and the Hillsborough Disaster.

In 1989 they established the Centre for Crisis Psychology, a consultancy specialising in post-trauma aftercare in a variety of commercial, industrial and public settings. Over the following 20 or so years, Peter's clinical practice included the following:

The Centre for Crisis Psychology

Peter retired from CCP in 2014 and pursues a career as a military historian. He still, however, provides assessment reports in personal injury cases, stress-at-work and immigration matters, and assessing those before the courts in criminal cases.

His British Psychological Society number is 9801, and his HCPC number is PYL06708.

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