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Jonathan Houdmont

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

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Biography

Dr Jonathan Houdmont BSc PGCE MSc PhD CPsychol

I am a Chartered Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Occupational Health Psychology. I joined the University of Nottingham in 2002 as a researcher on a project commissioned by the UK Health and Safety Executive that explored the feasibility of developing a case definition - ingredient list and recipe - for work-related stress. The project gave rise to my PhD thesis, Defining a Case of Work-related Stress. I was appointed to a lectureship in 2007, specifically to develop and lead the online MSc Workplace Health and Wellbeing that I continue to direct. This part-time course develops practitioners' theory- and evidence-based knowledge on the protection and promotion of workforce health and wellbeing at the strategic (non-clinical) level.

My research focuses on identifying and quantifying work-related risk factors for common mental health conditions and health-related behaviours in high stress occupational groups such as police officers (e.g., Houdmont & Jachens, 2022), surgeons (Houdmont et al., 2023), and veterinary surgeons (Smits et al., 2023). I also have a methodological interest in the assessment of work-related stress and burnout (e.g., Houdmont et al., 2021; Houdmont et al., 2022).

My research has been supported by the UK Health and Safety Executive, Health Education England, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Northern Ireland Civil Service, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Royal Mail Group, Devon and Cornwall Police and 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 MSc Workplace Health and Wellbeing my teaching is embedded in the discipline of occupational health psychology. I provide research project supervision to MSc Workplace Health and… read more

Research Summary

My research focuses on identifying and quantifying work-related risk factors for common mental health conditions and health-related behaviours in high stress occupational groups such as police… read more

I offer PhD supervision from a theoretical and empirical standpoint embedded in the discipline of occupational health psychology. I particularly welcome applications related to my research interests.

Current postgraduate research students

Katherine Jachens - Bullying, harassment, and burnout in female surgeons (primary supervisor)

Jamie Green - Self care among Baptist clergy: A job demand-resources perspective (primary supervisor)

Femke Smits - Autistic veterinary surgeons' mental wellbeing and job stressors (co-supervisor)

Recently completed postgraduate research students

Wei Choo - Employee silence and voice: A mixed methods study on individual well-being in the UK and Malaysia (2021) (secondary supervisor)

Haitham Hassan - Psychosocial risks among migrant workers in the Middle East construction sector (2020) (primary supervisor)

Mbusiro Chacha - Identification of emerging training needs among workplace health and safety practitioners in Kenya (2020) (primary supervisor)

Luke Fiorini - Predictors and consequences of presenteeism: A study of nurses in Maltese geriatric settings (2019) (co-supervisor)

Liza Jachens - Job stress among humanitarian aid workers (2018) (primary supervisor)

Judith Grant - Eating behaviours and the workplace: The role of socioeconomic and sociodemographic characteristics (2018) (primary supervisor)

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

Humaira Latif - Psychological capital and work engagement in relation to job performance among Pakistani teachers (2017) (primary supervisor)

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

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

Eligibility and Fees

For current eligibility and fees information please refer to the webpage for the Psychiatry and Applied Psychology PhD

As director of the MSc Workplace Health and Wellbeing my teaching is embedded in the discipline of occupational health psychology. I provide research project supervision to MSc Workplace Health and Wellbeing students on a range of topics - click here to view project titles.

I convene three 20-credit postgraduate modules and a 60-credit research project module on the MSc Workplace Health and Wellbeing:

  • Work-related stress (PSTY4024)
  • Workplace health promotion (PSTY4055)
  • Workplace health and wellbeing research and evaluation methods (PSTY4027)
  • Applied research project (PSTY4066)

Current Research

My research focuses on identifying and quantifying work-related risk factors for common mental health conditions and health-related behaviours in high stress occupational groups such as police officers (e.g., Houdmont & Jachens, 2022), surgeons (Houdmont et al., 2023), and veterinary surgeons (Smits et al., 2023). I also have a methodological interest in the assessment of work-related stress and burnout (e.g., Houdmont et al., 2021; Houdmont et al., 2022).

My research has been supported by the UK Health and Safety Executive, Health Education England, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Northern Ireland Civil Service, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Royal Mail Group, Devon and Cornwall Police and 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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University of Nottingham
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