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    Karen is a Chartered Psychologist and Lecturer at Aston Business School whose work specialises in Occupational Health and Work Wellbeing. She completed her PhD in Work Psychology at Loughborough University in 2018, focussing on employee wellbeing and shift working in the Fire and Rescue Service. Prior to moving to Academia, Karen was a Health, Fitness, and Wellbeing practitioner with expertise in GP Exercise Referral, exercise rehabilitation, and weight management. Previous roles included Health and Wellbeing Advisor within the Fire Service responsible for behaviour change programmes for fitness, stress, and weight/disease management for employees using one-to-one coaching and group programmes. Her research is currently centred on behaviour change within the workplace to improve safety and health of workers with projects exploring maladaptive coping techniques in the workplace (substance use, counterproductive work behaviours), and adherence to safety policies and procedures.


    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

    Advance HE - Fellow

    Education/Academic qualification

    PG Cert, Academic Practice in Higher Education, Coventry University

    Award Date: 21 Nov 2019

    PhD, Changes in work conditions, work-related wellbeing and operational effectiveness: Alternative crewing in one UK Fire and Rescue Service , School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University Loughborough, United Kingdom

    1 Oct 201318 Dec 2018

    Award Date: 18 Dec 2018

    MSc, Health Psychology, Coventry University

    Award Date: 21 Nov 2013

    PG Dip, Psychology (Conversion), Coventry University

    Award Date: 25 Nov 2010

    BSc, Sport and Exercise Psychology, 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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