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Dr Susan Kahn CPsychol

Business Psychologist

MA, MSc, PhD, Fellow ABP


Susan is a business psychologist, a practitioner and an academic. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Coaching Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Fellow of the Association of Business Psychologists (ABP).
She works as a coach, consultant, mediator and an observer of working life. She has a particular interest in the behaviour of people at work and below the surface dynamics in organisations.
As a coach she works together with individuals and their organisations to help clients to develop and enhance their authentic leadership style.
As a mediator she is skilled in improving working relationships and developing common understanding between parties in toxic relationships.
She has taught coaching psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, for a decade and developed the Masters programme in 2019. Previously programme director she now teaches as a guest fellow on the  Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching Psychology and an MSc in Coaching Psychology.
She is a faculty member at the School of Life, working with businesses to help them Learn, Heal and Grow.  She also works as a group relations consultant, including equine coaching.
Her research interests embrace leadership, coaching, change and vulnerability at work.

She is a board member of This Can Happen: empowering workplace mental health.
Her book, Death & the City, published by Karnac, uses psychoanalysis to explore organizational endings. Her latest publication, Bounce Back: how to fail fast and be resilient at work is published by Kogan Page, examines resilience in the workplace.  She is currently working on a new book.



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  • PhD, Birkbeck

  • MSc Conflict Resolution & Mediation, Birkbeck

  • MA Consulting to Organisations using Psychoanalytic Methods, Tavistock and University of East London

  • BA Combined Studies: Anthropology & Sociology, University of Manchester


  • Chartered Psychologist BPS

  • Coaching Psychologist BPS

  • Coaching Psychology Approved Supervisor - Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors - BPS

  • Fellow Association of Business Psychologists (ABP)

  • International Society for Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations

  • OPUS Organisation Promoting Understanding Society

  • WPA & WPA Protocol registered.


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Outside of work I am very family orientated and love hosting and visiting.
I have edited five cookbooks for charity and love food and its presentation  however I am a very poor follower of recipes and always experiment, not always successfully! 

I am committed to the care and treatment of wounded and traumatised veterans in my voluntary work and support mental health charities.

I am a keen reader and in the last few years a huge fan of listening to books and podcasts whenever I am on the move.

Favourite podcasts:

  • Hidden Brain

  • TED radio hour

  • The Rest is Politics

  • How to Fail

  • The Diary of a CEO with Steven Bartlett

  • Edgy Ideas with Simon Western

  • The News Agents

  • Revisionist History

  • Philosophize This!

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