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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

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

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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