Psychologist Receives Award for his Pioneering Idea – 15/12/08

An innovative psychologist at a Black Country mental health trust has been named West Midlands Psychologist of the Year by a national organisation.

Dr Joe Kiff, a consultant clinical psychologist at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT), was given the award by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The 58-year-old received the accolade after developing a special website aimed at helping fellow professionals access the latest research and information on all areas of psychology.

Dr Kiff, who is based at the Trust’s Cross Street Health Centre in Dudley, has spent the last two-and-a-half years creating The Psychology Wiki internet site.

The website, which is based on the popular Wikipedia site, allows academics and professionals to add to its content as well as providing access to a wide range of information on psychology.

Since it was launched, Dr Kiff’s website has had more than a million visitors from all over the world, has more than 45,000 pages and is continuing to grow rapidly.

Dr Kiff said: “I decided to create the website after I was sitting at my desk one day and wanted to find out about the latest research on a particular area of psychology. When I searched for it on the internet, millions of links came up a lot of which were hard to access, not relevant or unreliable.

“Because searching for and accessing the latest information on the subject is often expensive and time consuming, I decided to set up a site which would give an authoritative, up-to-date account of all the knowledge in the field.

“It is a free resource which can be accessed by anyone who has the internet and is managed and maintained by the collective efforts of academics, professionals and others involved in the field. All of the information on the site is reliable as we have systems in place that allow us to quality control check any new addition that is posted.

“It is an honour to be named West Midlands Psychologist of the Year and I hope that I can build on this success by continuing to expand and improve The Psychology Wiki site.”

Dr Kiff, who lives in Birmingham, has been a psychologist for 25 years and trained at the University of Birmingham, in Edgbaston.

He was presented with £250 and a plaque at an awards ceremony held by the BPS at the City Inn Hotel in Birmingham.

People who want to visit the website can do so by logging on at http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page