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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

I am a Chartered Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Occupational Health Psychology. I direct the Workplace Health and Wellbeing postgraduate programme: a part-time, blended-learning programme for practitioners concerned with 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.

My research focuses 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 occupational sun safety interventions. My 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 my teaching is embedded in the discipline of occupational health psychology. I convene three 20-credit postgraduate modules… read more

Research Summary

My research focuses on relations between (i) stress-related working conditions, (ii) worker health, wellbeing, and reslience and (iii) organisational performance, predominantly in high-stress… 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 promote and sustain 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.

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 (primary or joint supervisor):

  1. Mbusiro Chacha - Identification of emerging training needs among workplace health and safety practitioners in Kenya
  2. Luke Fiorini - Psychosocial working conditions, absence and presenteeism among Maltese nurses (Jointly supervised with Amanda Griffiths)
  3. Jamie Green - Self care among Christian religious leaders: A job demand-resources perspective
  4. Haitham Hassan - Psychosocial safety culture among immigrant workers in the Middle East construction sector

Recently completed postgraduate research students

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

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

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

Humaira Latif - Psychological capital and work engagement in relation to job performance among Pakistani teachers (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 my teaching is embedded in the discipline of occupational health psychology. I convene 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

My research focuses on relations between (i) stress-related working conditions, (ii) worker health, wellbeing, and reslience and (iii) organisational performance, predominantly in high-stress occupations such as policing. I also have a research interest in the application of psychological models of behaviour change to the development and evaluation of occupational sun safety interventions.

Much of my research is undertaken on behalf of policing organisations. Notable among these projects was a nationwide survey of police officers concerning their perceptions of demand, capacity, and welfare conducted in 2016 on behalf of the Police Federation of England and Wales. The survey attracted more than 16,000 responses; click here to view a video of my presentation on initial findings at the Federation's annual conference.

My 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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