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Nicole Kidman establishes IoPPN Scholarship in Health Psychology

Actress Nicole Kidman is proud to establish, with King’s College London, the ‘Dr Antony Kidman Scholarship in Health Psychology’ in honour of her late father Dr Antony Kidman.  The scholarship will be awarded to one student each year undertaking a Master’s degree in Health Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). Considered a prestigious award, it will be given to exceptional students in financial hardship to support them with their studies at King’s.

Dr Kidman was an Australian psychologist, biochemist and writer. He was a faculty member of the University of Technology, Sydney for more than 43 years until his death in September 2014. Dr Kidman established the Health Psychology Unit at the University of Technology in 1985 and was the Director until his death. In 2005 Dr Kidman was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to clinical psychology. His academic achievements include 154 journal articles and nine books as well as regular presentations at conferences internationally.

Professor Rona Ross Morris, Head of the Health Psychology Section, says: ‘Actress Nicole Kidman was inspiring in her award-winning role as King’s alumna, Dr Rosalind Franklin, in Photograph 51.  Her role and the play highlighted just how hard the challenges have been for women in science. This scholarship is a legacy of that role and will support selected students to embark on a career in health psychology who may otherwise not have an opportunity to do so.  We are honoured and privileged to be hosting this scholarship in Health Psychology at the IoPPN in memory of the great work of her father, Dr Antony Kidman’.

Dr Kidman’s contribution to the field of Health Psychology was significant and the Dr Antony Kidman Scholarship in Health Psychology in the Department of Health Psychology at King’s College London will not only support this important work, but create a legacy to honor the work of Dr Kidman.