Joel Vos

MA, MSc, PhD, CPsychol

NSPC Roles
Acting Deputy Course Leader,
Research Supervisor

Dr Joel Vos PhD CPsychol MSc MA FHEA does research, teaches and supervises on research in psychological counselling and psychotherapy. His research work focuses at developing the scientific foundations of existential psychotherapy, meaning-oriented therapies, transactional analysis and other humanistic therapies. He also conducts much research on health psychology, such as COVID-19, cancer and cardiovascular disease. His research has been awarded with £2million. In the past, he has coordinated research on existential therapies, and on meaning-centred therapies more in particular, in close collaboration with mental health services. Dr Vos has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in handbooks. He has published five books: ‘The psychology of COVID-19’ (2020). ‘The economics of meaning in life’ (2020), ‘Mental health in crisis’ (2019), ‘Meaning in Life: an evidence-based handbook for practitioners’ (2018) and ‘Fifty pictures of living a meaningful life’ (2017). Joel chairs the IMEC International Meaning Conferences ( and the peer support groups In addition to his work at NSPC, he also works as researcher at the Metanoia Institute in London. Joel holds his own psychology practice (, and gives trainings, lectures, counselling, assessment and consultancy to individuals, companies, politicians, and NGOs.