I offer PhD supervision on a range of topics in the occupational health psychology domain. The theses that I supervise are unified by virtue of being driven by psychological theory and possessing the potential to generate improvements to the health and wellbeing of workers. I particularly welcome proposals that are consistent with my primary research interests:

  1. Relations between the psychosocial work environment, health, and operational effectiveness, with a particular focus on high-stress occupational groups. 
  2. The definition and measurement of work-related stress. This research concerns the development of an evidence base to support the HSE Management Standards Indicator Tool and single-item measures of work-related stress.
  3.  Workplace health promotion intervention design and evaluation. This strand of research is currently focused on the application of psychological theories of behavior change to the promotion of occupational sun safety.
  4. Occupational health practice. This research is consistent with the ‘mutual research group’ concept that refers to mutually beneficial collaborations between individuals who possess access to organisational data sets and those who hold academic writing and research design expertise. The research is centred on the production of practitioner-orientated publications that share the lessons of practitioner-led, organisationally-embedded empirical investigations.

Most of my PhD students are occupational health and/or safety practitioners who are undertaking a PhD on a part-time basis. Supervision is provided in person or via Skype/phone/email. Attendance in Nottingham is not required.  Students have access to a wealth of bespoke learning support materials in a dedicated online learning environment.

I am primary or joint supervisor on the following current projects:

  1. Mbusiro Chacha – Identification of emerging training needs among workplace health and safety practitioners in Kenya
  2. Carolyne Crowe (jointly supervised with Rachel Dean). – Development of a psychosocial risk assessment instrument for small animal veterinary practice.
  3. Luke Fiorini (jointly supervised with Amanda Griffiths). – Absence and presenteeism among Maltese nurses.
  4. Judith Grant – Socio-economic status and eating behaviours: The Stormont Study.
  5. Haitham Hassan – Psychosocial safety culture among immigrant workers in the Dubai construction sector.
  6. Liza Jachens – Psychological health among humanitarian aid workers.
  7. Humaira Latif – Psychological capital, work engagement and performance among Pakistani teachers.


PhD in Occupational Health: Psychology and Management (2016-2017 prices) 

Part time (usually 4-6 years) £2,055 per annum (UK and EU students) £7,425 (International students)

Full time (usually 3-4 years) £4,110 per annum (UK and EU students) £14,850 (International students)

Start dates

There are five start dates per annum. Students may start a PhD  on 1st October, 1st December, 1st February, 1st April or 1st July.


PhD applicants should hold a first class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and/or a Masters degree awarded with Distinction. Applicants for whom English is not their first language must achieve an overall IELTS score of no less than 8.0 (no less than 7.0 in any element) or TOEFL score in the 110-114 band.