Centre for Organizational Health & Well-Being

PhD Students

Jan Goss

PhD Student, Centre for Organizational Health and Well-Being

Jan has twenty years self-employed business experience, holds a First Class Honours degree in Photography, a Master of the Arts in Visual Design as Creative Practice and is currently a PhD candidate in Health Research, within the Centre for Organisational Health and Well-Being. She has worked freelance for the past six years in mental health with a range of clients from organisations including MIND, Homestart and the Prison Service, facilitating therapeutic arts’ groups for both service providers and users.

Jan's doctoral research builds upon previous experience and academic study by developing a programme of 'Awareness-Based Creative Development'. The intervention will be piloted within an organisational context to assess the experience and efficacy of creativity and awareness as training methods to enhance emotional intelligence and authenticity, in order to improve communication and subjective well-being.

j.goss@lancaster.ac.uk

Konstantinos Perrotis

PhD Student, Centre for Organizational Health and Well-Being

I live in Athens and I am currently studying for a PhD (part-time) at Lancaster University. I attended the American University of Greece, Deree College, Athens – Greece, where I graduated in June 2009. At this University I obtained a Bachelor degree (high distinction) in Psychology and two minors, one in Business and one in Economics.

The area of my research is Occupational Stress in the Underwater Mission Unit, Hellenic Coast Guard, Greece. I chose this particular research since firstly it appeals to me and secondly I am employed in the Underwater Mission Unit. Having worked in this unit for six years it became apparent to me that this occupation is confronted with many unique stressors which up until now have been totally neglected from the occupational stress literature and mental health professions. This research is supervised by Professor Sue Cartwright, Director of the Centre for Organizational Health and Well-Being, and Professor Cary L Cooper. My advisor in Greece where I am collecting the data Is Dr. Ritsa Fotinatos at Deree College

Claire Beazley

PhD Student, Centre for Organizational Health and Well-Being

I qualified in medicine in 1980 and have spent most of my working as life as a full-time GP. This fed a growing interest in the effects of health status on fitness for work and latterly an interest in well-being. I resigned from full-time general practice and worked as a locum while completing an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and a PGCE. This further study has deepened concerns about the viability of the NHS model and current approaches to improving health and well-being but also contributed to ideas for change.

The PhD research, supervised by Professor Susan Cartwright, is to be qualitative grounded theory research into concepts of fitness for work. Having been involved in mediation between employers, workers, benefits claimants, job centres and the DWP for over 20 years, I am aware that conflicts of opinion on fitness for work are common and a source of distress. The impression is that they arise because of different, narrow and highly partisan criteria used to assess fitness. It is hoped that the research outcomes will serve to help all parties understand the viewpoint of the others and lead to a more coherent approach towards fitness assessment.

I am greatly enjoying my new wide ranging work portfolio as part-time sessional GP, well-being workshop facilitator, teacher and self-funded researcher. It is also a personal trial model for a sustainable well-being-enhancing life-style. It fits into my general love of exploring, learning, experimenting and creating things with the new ideas and materials I find. I sing in a choir, embroider, play with photography and lego, travel, try new food, enjoy sharing ideas and socialising and reading everything I can lay my hands on and find time for. Embarking on a PhD aged 54 fits with my favourite quote which sums up my general attitude towards life,

"Life is daring adventure or it is nothing" ( Helen Keller).

Contact email: p.beazley@lancaster.ac.uk

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