Professor Stephen Palmer PhD is the Founder Director of the Centre for Coaching and Centre for Stress Management, London. He is the UK's first Visiting Professor of Work Based Learning and Stress Management at the Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University. In 2016 he became an Adjunct Professor of Coaching Psychology in the Coaching Psychology Research Unit, Aalborg University, Denmark.
He has authored over 225 articles and written or edited 47 books on self-esteem and self-acceptance, coaching and coaching psychology, resilience, wellbeing, stress management, suicide prevention, death and bereavement, positive psychology, cognitive behavioural and rational emotive behaviour therapy, psychotherapy and counselling. He is Co-Editor of International Coaching Psychology Review, Executive Editor of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research & Practice, and Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Health Promotion of Health Promotion & Education. He is publisher of Coaching at Work magazine.
He is actively involved in a number of professional bodies. Currently he is President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology; President of the International Stress Management Association (UK), Founder Co-Chair of the London Branch of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies; a Founder Director and Vice President of the Society of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy; a Director and Deputy Chair of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. He is a Former President and now Honorary Vice President of the Institute for Health Promotion & Education. He was the 1st Chair of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology and was the 1st Honorary President of the Association for Coaching.
In May, 2000, he received the Annual Counselling Psychology Award from the British Psychological Society, Division of Counselling Psychology, for his 'Outstanding professional and scientific contribution to counselling psychology in Britain'. On the 17th December, 2008, he received a Distinguished Award for his outstanding and continued contribution to coaching psychology by The British Psychological Society's Special Group in Coaching Psychology.
His interests include jazz, art and coastal walking.