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Jonathan Houdmont

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

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Dr Jonathan Houdmont BSc PGCE MSc PhD CPsychol is a Chartered Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Occupational Health Psychology. He is director of the Workplace Health and Wellbeing postgraduate programme: a part-time, blended-learning programme for practitioners with responsibility for the management of workplace health and wellbeing. The programme encompasses the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters Degree, and Professional Doctorate in Workplace Health and Wellbeing. Launched in 2008, the programme provides practitioners with the opportunity to develop their theory- and evidence-based knowledge and skills concerning the protection and promotion of the health and wellbeing of workers at the strategic (non-clinical) level.

Jonathan's research focuses on relations between (i) stress-related working conditions, (ii) worker health and wellbeing, and (iii) organisational performance. He also has a research interest in the application of psychological models of behaviour change to the development and evaluation of occupational sun safety interventions. His research has been undertaken on behalf of, among others, the UK Health and Safety Executive, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Northern Ireland Civil Service, Devon and Cornwall Police Federation, Nottinghamshire Police, West Midlands Police Federation, Sergeants' Central Committee of the Police Federation, and the Research and Policy Support Unit of the Police Federation of England and Wales.

Teaching Summary

As director of the Workplace Health and Wellbeing postgraduate programme Jonathan's teaching is embedded in the discipline of occupational health psychology. He convenes three 20-credit postgraduate… read more

Research Summary

Jonathan's research focuses on relations between (i) stress-related working conditions, (ii) worker health and wellbeing, and (iii) organisational performance. He also has a research interest in the… read more

Selected Publications

I offer PhD supervision of a range of topics in the occupational health psychology domain. The theses that I supervise are unified by virtue of being driven by psychological theory and possessing the potential to generate improvements to the health and wellbeing of workers. I particularly welcome proposals that are consistent with my primary research interests:

  1. Relations between the psychosocial work environment, health, and operational effectiveness, with a particular focus on high-stress occupational groups.
  2. The definition and measurement of work-related stress. This research concerns the development of an evidence base to support the HSE Management Standards Indicator Tool and single-item measures of work-related stress.
  3. Workplace health promotion intervention design and evaluation. This strand of research is currently focused on the application of psychological theories of behavior change to the promotion of occupational sun safety.
  4. Occupational health practice. This research is consistent with the 'mutual research group' concept that refers to mutually beneficial collaborations between individuals who possess access to organisational data sets and those who hold academic writing and research design expertise. The research is centred on the production of practitioner-orientated publications that share the lessons of practitioner-led, organisationally-embedded empirical investigations.

Many of my PhD students are occupational health and/or safety practitioners. Most study on a part-time basis. Supervision is provided in person or via Skype/phone/email. Attendance in Nottingham is not necessarily required. Students have access to a wealth of bespoke learning support materials in a dedicated online learning environment.

Current doctoral students:

  1. Mbusiro Chacha - Identification of emerging training needs among workplace health and safety practitioners in Kenya
  2. Carolyne Crowe - Development of a psychosocial risk assessment instrument for small animal veterinary practice
  3. Luke Fiorini - Psychosocial working conditions, absence and presenteeism among Maltese nurses (Jointly supervised with Amanda Griffiths)
  4. Judith Grant - Longitudinal relations between psychosocial working conditions and health behaviours.
  5. Haitham Hassan - Psychosocial safety culture among immigrant workers in the Middle East construction sector.
  6. Liza Jachens - Psychological wellbeing and its correlates among humanitarian aid workers.
  7. Humaira Latif - Psychological capital, work engagement and performance among Pakistani teachers.

Recently completed postgraduate research students

Karen Coomer - Work ability as a risk marker of employee health and organisational effectiveness in UK manufacturing (2017)

Paul Madgwick - Sun safety in UK construction: A profiling and intervention study (2016)

Yan Yang - Academic procrastination among UK PhD students (2016)

Eligibility

PhD applicants should hold a first class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and/or a Masters degree awarded with Distinction. Applicants for whom English is not their first language must achieve an overall IELTS score of no less than 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element and no less than 7.0 in writing).

As director of the Workplace Health and Wellbeing postgraduate programme Jonathan's teaching is embedded in the discipline of occupational health psychology. He convenes three 20-credit postgraduate modules and a 60-credit research project module on the MSc in Workplace Health and Wellbeing, plus a 10-credit module on the MSc in Management Psychology:

  • Work-related stress (C84WOC)
  • Workplace health promotion (C84PWH)
  • Workplace health and wellbeing research and evaluation methods (C84REM)
  • Applied research project (C84ATP)
  • Introduction to quantitative workplace data (C84IQW)

Current Research

Jonathan's research focuses on relations between (i) stress-related working conditions, (ii) worker health and wellbeing, and (iii) organisational performance. He also has a research interest in the application of psychological models of behaviour change to the development and evaluation of occupational sun safety interventions.

Jonathan's most recent research was commissioned by the Police Federation of England and Wales. The project involved a nationwide survey of police officers concerning their perceptions of demand, capacity, and welfare. The survey attracted more than 16,000 responses; click here to view a video of Jonathan's presentation on initial findings to the Police Federation's annual conference.

Jonathan's research has been undertaken on behalf of, among others, the UK Health and Safety Executive, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Northern Ireland Civil Service, Devon and Cornwall Police Federation, Nottinghamshire Police, West Midlands Police Federation, Sergeants' Central Committee of the Police Federation, and the Research and Policy Support Unit of the Police Federation of England and Wales.

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