Theology and Therapy Project Team

Educated in philosophy and theology, David Fergusson worked for several years as a parish minister in the Church of Scotland. Before returning to Edinburgh to his present position as Professor of Divinity, he was Professor of Systematic Theology in the University of Aberdeen from 1990-2000. He has a long-standing interest in the history of Scottish philosophy and theology, particularly in the modern period. His contribution to this project will involve assessing the cross-currents between these disciplines and their impact upon some approaches to psychotherapy, counselling, missiology and pastoral care in Scotland since the mid-twentieth century.

Professor David Fergusson's full profile.

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Liz Bondi is Head of the School of Health in Social Science of the Counselling and Psychotherapy programme, Professor of Social Geography, and a psychodynamic counsellor trained within the dialogue between the person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives. She maintains a small practice base in a voluntary sector agency in Edinburgh and is a COSCA-accredited practitioner. She brings to the project a background in counselling and psychotherapy together with expertise in qualitative interviewing. Earlier research examined the place of voluntary sector counselling at the beginning of the 21st century. This project builds on that research by exploring key antecedents.

Professor Liz Bondi's full profile.

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Steven Sutcliffe, Senior Lecturer in the Study of Religion, researches and teaches the modern history of new age religiosity, the new language of "spirituality" in secular culture, and theories of religion. For this project he'll be examining evidence in the literature of the period for a new kind of language about "spirituality", emerging in dialogue with Christian discourses on the one hand, and psychotherapy on the other.

Dr Steven Sutcliffe's full profile.

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Alette Willis, the current research assistant on the project, has a background in both cultural geography and epidemiology.  Her particular interest is in narratives of health, healing and care.  She brings to the team an extensive background in the conduct of qualitative research and the analysis of qualitative data.  She will be focussing on conducting and analysing the remaining interviews.

Dr Alette Willis' full profile

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Gavin Miller, the previous Research Assistant on the Theology and Therapy Project, has left to take up a post at Glasgow University. He worked on the project from January 2010-August 2011, conducting a number of the interviews and doing archival research on the topic. He continues to publish on the material he collected through the Theology and Therapy project.

Dr Gavin Miller's current profile and publications can be found at Glasgow University.