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Dr Imelda McCarthy is a chartered occupational psychologist (HCPC Registered) who specialises in organisational behaviour. Her PhD research, ‘The Complexity of Leadership and Organisations’ was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and undertaken at Aston Business School. Imelda joins CREME from The Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), University of Sheffield, where she researched in the fields of organisational psychology, management and healthcare. She has extensive research and consultancy experience and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Imelda started her career within Aston Business School’s Work and Organisational Psychology Department during this time she worked on a range of NHS related research projects including: Quality and Safety in the NHS, The NHS Benevolent Fund Feasibility Study, NHS National Staff Survey Consultation, NHS Northwest Leadership Academy Evaluation, London Ambulance Service Evaluation of Culture, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Leadership Study and NHS Haringey GP Poly-Clinic Consultation.  Imelda also worked on a series of other organisational projects that included: Innovation Vouchers (in association with The European Regional Development Fund, Advantage West Midlands, Economic and Social Research Council, and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), Birmingham City Council, Astra Zeneca and West-Midlands Probation Service.


Research Interests

  • Workplace Leadership
  • Work and Organisational Psychology
  • Healthcare Management
  • Team Working
  • Innovation
  • Productivity
  • Employee Engagement
  • Mirco Businesses

Teaching Activity

  • RMC Module III : Qualitative Research Design and Analysis
  • BHM 319: Research Methods in HRMB, WOPB and Organisational Behaviour

    HM 365: Qualitative Methods

  • BCS106 Research Methods in HRM


  • PhD Psychology. Thesis title: The Complexity of Leadership and Organisations.
  • MSc Work Psychology and Business
  • PGDip Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Information Technology

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Higher Education Academy Fellowship
  • Associate Fellow (British Psychological Society)
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Health & Care Professional Council)
  • Chartered Occupational Psychologist (British Psychological Society)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth


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