Karen Maher

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    Email: maherk1@aston.ac.uk

    Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4291


    Karen is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in Occupational Health Psychology and workplace wellbeing. She joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Occupational Psychology in January 2022 following teaching roles at Nottingham Trent University and Coventry University. Karen's early career was as a practitioner in health coaching and behaviour change including rehabilitation and return to work interventions for the Fire and Rescue Service. She completed her PhD at Loughborough University in 2018 exploring the impact of extended shift working on operational effectiveness and firefighter wellbeing. 

    Karen is the Chair of the Organisational Psychology Special Interest Group for the British Academy of Management.

    Research Interests

    Karen's research is focused on healthy workplaces and seeks understand how work influences employees' health and wellbeing. She is interested in the role that work and organisations can play in workers' adoption of adaptive and maladaptive health behaviours as well as the design of interventions to support people to thrive at work.


    Membership of Professional Bodies

    British Psychological Society - Chartered Member

    British Academy of Management - SIG Chair (Organisational Psychology)

    Advance HE - Fellow

    Education/Academic qualification

    PG Cert, Coventry University

    Award Date: 21 Nov 2019

    PhD, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University Loughborough, United Kingdom

    1 Oct 201318 Dec 2018

    Award Date: 18 Dec 2018

    MSc, Coventry University

    Award Date: 21 Nov 2013

    PG Dip, Coventry University

    Award Date: 25 Nov 2010

    BSc, University of Brighton

    Award Date: 16 Jul 1998

    External positions

    External Examiner, Lincoln University

    1 Oct 2020 → …


    • BF Psychology
    • Occupational Health Psychology
    • Work Wellbeing


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