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Amanda Griffiths

Professor of Occupational Health Psychology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Professor Amanda Griffiths PhD MSc PGCE CPsychol AFBPsS FAcSS FFOM (Hon) works in the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology in the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham. She is a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Social Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (Royal College of Physicians), a Health & Care Professions Council practitioner health psychologist, and Registered Europsy Psychologist. She is a Professorial Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham) and a member of its Centre for Dementia, Centre for Social Futures. and Centre for Forensic and Family Psychology.

Amanda has served on research committees for the UK's Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and the British Occupational Health Research Foundation, and advised and produced commissioned reports for the European Commission, International Commission on Occupational Health, European Agency for Safety & Health at Work, World Health Organisation, International Labour Office, British Government Health & Safety Executive, public and private sector employers, charities and trades unions.

She holds the world's first Chair in Occupational Health Psychology and was a founder member of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology. She is on the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, and Consulting Editor for the journal Work and Stress: An International Journal of Work, Health & Organisations. Amanda is also a member of the Academic Forum of Occupational Medicine and Health (Faculty of Occupational Medicine), the Society of Occupational Medicine, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Special Interest Group on occupational psychiatry (OPSIG), and Interdem, a pan-European network of researchers advocating timely psychosocial interventions aimed at improving the quality of life of people with dementia and their supporters.

Teaching Summary

Amanda teaches about psychological, social and management issues in health on Professional Doctorate, Masters and undergraduate level programmes in the School of Medicine.

She convenes and lectures on three 20 credit courses, supervises research projects and is a personal tutor on the MSc in Workplace Health and Wellbeing, a part-time, e-learning programme for the post-qualification market of working professionals with responsibility for the management of workplace health and wellbeing.

  • The Management of Health at Work (C84MWH)
  • Sickness Absence, Rehabilitation and Retention (C84SRR)
  • Contemporary Issues in Workplace Health (C84WCI)
  • Research Project (C84ATP)

The rest of Amanda's teaching is for face-to-face students. She convenes and lectures on the courses:

She also lectures and supervises research projects on four other postgraduate and undergraduate courses:

Research Summary

Amanda's research interests include: older women's mental health and wellbeing; menopause and work; working age dementia; and the development and wellbeing of health professionals who care for people… read more

Recent Publications

Amanda welcomes PhD proposals from candidates with an original idea and proven aptitude for research; usually from those with a first class undergraduate degree in psychology or similar cognate discipline, or health sciences, and/or an MSc with distinction.

She is interested to supervise topics relating to: (i) older women's health and wellbeing, (ii) attitudes to older people, and (iii) dementia. She will reply to enquiries about studying for a PhD if sent a full CV and proposal outlining the research question/s, their importance, theoretical background, and proposed methodology. Please also see the prospects for PhD study in the Centre for Dementia.

Current PhD students

Stephanie Petty - Characterisation and responses to distress in patients with dementia: A multi-method study with staff in healthcare contexts. (Scholarship from The Retreat, York).

Iain Smith - The effects of ageist micro-insults on development and wellbeing.

Luke Fiorini - Predictors and consequences of presenteeism: A multi-method study of nurses in geriatric settings.

Karen Gray - Evaluating the impact of arts-based interventions and activities in dementia: Methodological challenges and solutions. (Doctoral Training Centre Scholarship from the Alzheimer's Society UK)

Amy Veale - What facilitates engagement in arts interventions for people with dementia? (Doctoral Training Centre Scholarship from the Alzheimer's Society UK)

Ruby Swift - Evaluating the use of personalised music playlists for people living with dementia. (Doctoral Training Centre Scholarship from the Alzheimer's Society UK)

Louise Williams - Examining attachment and boundaries with regards to relational security in staff in secure hospitals.

Louise Wade - Patient aggression: the interplay between adult attachment and staff attitudes.

Betsy Woon Lai - The effects of a worksite exercise intervention on individual and organisational behaviour

Mbusiro Chacha - Identifying the emerging training needs of health and safety professionals in Kenya.

Yan Yang - The determinants of procrastination behaviour in University PhD students.

Haitham Hassan - Predictors of safety compliance and performance: A study of construction workers in Dubai.

Recent PhD graduates:

Chih-Ying Wu - The influence of employees' parents on work-life balance in Taiwan: Implications for organisational behaviour and wellbeing (2015)

Luke Robles - Investigating the psychosocial determinants and consequences of treatment choice in localised prostate cancer (2015)

Miriam Gray - The effects of care-giver communication styles on the communicative behaviour of care home residents with dementia: An intervention study (ESRC Studentship) (2014)

Angela Ndunge - Modelling the health and wellbeing of humanitarian aid workers: Organisational and individual factors (2014)

Ceri Jones - Measuring safety climate: A multi-level approach (2014)

Raj Samra - Attitudes of medical doctors towards older patients: What do we know and where do we go from here? (ESRC Studentship) (2013)

Dandan Wang - Managers' perceptions of the causes of safety rule violation behaviour in Chinese construction workers (2013)

Juliet Hassard - Modelling gender-related diversity in psychosocial processes and work-related wellbeing: Processes and mechanisms (2012)

Diana Mohd Mahudin - The quality of rail passenger experience in Malaysia and its impact on passengers' work and life (2011)

Alec Knight - Prejudice against older teachers: Theoretical and methodological inquiries (ESRC Studentship) (2009)

Kelly Barklamb - The short-term impact of age discrimination legislation: Exploring attitudes towards age, work and legislation in the United Kingdom (ESRC Studentship) (2009)

Current Research

Amanda's research interests include: older women's mental health and wellbeing; menopause and work; working age dementia; and the development and wellbeing of health professionals who care for people with dementia. She is an advocate of the role of well designed and healthy work in preventing social exclusion and promoting mental health and wellbeing. Her research involves collaborations with healthcare practitioners and policy makers.

Projects in 2015-2017 include a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effects of a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based intervention designed to assist women deal with troublesome menopausal symptoms and the development and evaluation of a training programme for managers (funded by the charity Wellbeing of Women) , a project on working age dementia (funded by Public Health England), an investigation into the prevention of mental ill-health (common mental disorders) in Police Service employees (commissioned by Police Mutual), and a randomised control trial about facilitating successful return to work for National Health Service employees who have been on sick leave with common mental health disorders (funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Recent work has also concerned the care of people with dementia in acute hospitals and in residential care homes (funded by NIHR and Nottinghamshire County Council respectively). She is a stakeholder in a Doctoral Training Centre funded by the Alzheimer's Society.

Amanda's recent research on women's experience of the menopause has been influential in the development of policy and guidance at national and international levels. She was an invited contributor on this topic for the UK's Chief Medical Officer's Annual Report in 2015 which led to the publication of guidance for women and employers by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (Royal College of Physicians) in 2016, and lead author of European guidance on workplace conditions for menopausal women in 2016. This research has also been influential in guidance produced by the Royal College of Nursing, the Trades Union Congress, and in on-line advice for women (Healthtalk.org). Her past research on preventing work-related mental ill-health was at the forefront of developing an evidence base for tackling the organisational causes of work-related stress. She and colleagues were commissioned by the UK Government's Health & Safety Executive to work with employers to develop a risk management approach to the control of psychosocial risks to health at work. This paved the way for the British Government Health & Safety Executive advice to employers about how to avoid this largest cause of work-related ill-health and sickness absence today and has influenced the development of national and organisational level policies in the UK, the European Union and other countries around the world. This approach has proved effective in terms of both health and economic impact and has featured in a published case study of research impact. She has also acted as Expert Witness in the English courts for both claimants and defendants in work-related stress cases.

In addition to the funding bodies listed above, her work and that of her PhD students and researchers has been supported by the Economic & Social Science Research Council, British Government's Health & Safety Executive, European Commission, World Health Organisation, Shell International Exploration & Production, BBC World Service, Ford of Europe, British Medical Association, Royal College of Nursing, British Occupational Health Research Foundation, Colt Foundation, UNISON, British Association for Women in Policing and Age UK.

Amanda is Co-Chair of the Research Ethics Committee in the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology (School of Medicine).

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