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Jonathan Houdmont

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



I am a Chartered Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Occupational Health Psychology. I hold a BSc in Psychology (Leeds University, 1997), Postgraduate Certificate in Further and Adult Education (Keele University, 1999), MSc in Occupational Health Psychology (University of Nottingham, 2002), and PhD in Applied Psychology (University of Nottingham, 2008. Thesis: "Defining a Case of Work-Related Stress"). I joined the academic staff at the University of Nottingham upon completion of my MSc in 2002.

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Teaching Summary

I am director of the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Postgraduate Programme (Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters Degree, Professional Doctorate).

The programme is designed for those who wish to enhance their theory- and evidence-based knowledge and skills on the management of relations between the work environment and workers' health, wellbeing and operational effectiveness. The blended learning programme is designed to be studied while working.

Why study workplace health and wellbeing?

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Research Summary

I conduct research and consultancy on relations between (i) stress-related working conditions, (ii) worker health and wellbeing, and (iii) organisational performance. I also have a research interest… read more

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.

I am primary supervisor on the following current projects:

  1. Mbusiro Chacha - Identification of emerging training needs among workplace health and safety practitioners in Kenya
  2. Karen Coomer - Work ability in UK manufacturing.
  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. Humaira Latif - Psychological capital, work engagement and performance among Pakistani teachers.
  7. Liza Jachens - Psychological wellbeing and its correlates among humanitarian aid workers.
  8. Yan Yang - Predictors of procrastination among PhD students.


PhD in Applied Psychology (2016-17)

Part time (usually 4-6 years) £2,055 per annum (UK and EU students) £7,425 (International students)

Full time (usually 3-4 years) £4,110 per annum (UK and EU students) £14,850 (International students)

Start Dates

There are five start dates per annum. Students may start a PhD on 1st October, 1st December, 1st February, 1st April or 1st July.


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).

Current Research

I conduct research and consultancy on relations between (i) stress-related working conditions, (ii) worker health and wellbeing, and (iii) organisational performance. I also have a research interest in the application of psychological models of behaviour change to the development and evaluation of sun safety interventions for outdoor workers. This work has been conducted 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, and the Police Federation of England and Wales.

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