Dr Tanya Byron

Tanya is a Professor in the Public Understanding of Science and has four honorary doctorates.

Dr Byron is a practising consultant clinical psychologist specialising in working with children and adolescents with 30 years’ experience. She is also a journalist, author and broadcaster.   

Tanya is a trustee of the NSPCC, patron of Relate, and Ambassador of Place2Be and Grief Encounter. Tanya is a national and international government advisor on children, young people, mental health and also digital media. Her independent government report – The Byron Review: Safer Children in a Digital World – was published in 2008 and informed legislative change.

Her TV presenting and on-screen credits include the BBC series Little Angels, House of Tiny Tearaways, Child of Our Time, Lose Weight for Love, The Truth About Child Sex Abuse, Horizon, Panorama as well as Bedtime Live for Channel 4. She has been nominated for BAFTA and RTS awards and won a Sony Gold Radio Broadcast Award. She wrote the BBC2 comedy series: The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle, with Jennifer Saunders.

She has written a weekly column every Monday for The Times since 2005. She is the author of five books and her most recent book, The Skeleton Cupboard, was a top 10 bestseller.

Dr Tanya Byron giving her graduation speech at the Winter 2019 Barbican graduation ceremony