Centre for Organizational Health & Well-Being

Centre Staff

An introduction to our staff members:

Professor Susan Cartwright

Director of the Centre for Organizational Health and Well-Being

Susan is Director of the Centre for Organizational Health and Well-Being and Professor of Organizational Psychology and Well-Being in the Faculty of Health & Medicine. Before joining Lancaster University, she was Professor of Organizational Psychology at Manchester Business School where she worked for over 21 years. Susan is the author of over 100 scholarly articles, books and book chapters mainly in the area of occupational stress and well-being, human aspects of mergers and acquisitions and workplace emotions. She has also consulted with major multinationals, government departments and public sector organizations.

Susan is a Fellow and past President of the British Academy of Management and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has been an advisor to the EU, HSE, and more recently a specialist advisor to the RAE Business and Management Panel (2008). Susan was also involved as an expert peer reviewer for Foresight project on Mental Capital and Well-Being commissioned by the Government Office for Science.

Professor Cary Cooper CBE

Founder of the Centre for Organizational Health and Well-Being

Cary is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs for Lancaster University and Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health in Lancaster University Management School. He is author of over 100 books on occupational stress, women at work and industrial and organizational psychology. Cary is a Fellow and former President of the British Academy of Management, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the (US) Academy of Management, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health. He is currently Chair of the Sunningdale Institute in the National School of Government in the Cabinet Office and President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and in senior roles in many other organizations.

He was a lead author for the recently published Foresight Report on 'Mental Capital and Wellbeing: Making the most of ourselves in the 21st Century' commissioned by the Government Office for Science.

Dr Shashi Balain

Lecturer, Centre for Organizational Health and Well-Being

Shashi has a PhD in Psychology with specialisation in the field of performance management. He has an MBA from Lancaster University. Building on his PhD work, he has examined the sensitivity of individual, team, and organisational performance to the policies and practices of the organisation in general and HRM practices in particular.

Before joining the Centre for Health and Well-Being, he worked at the Centre for Performance-led HR (Lancaster University Management School, UK). His work involved advising corporate HR heads on how to improve organisational financial and operational performance through employee engagement. His other areas of expertise include performance management, talent management, strategic HRM. He speaks regularly on these issues at various international conferences and forums.

He has previously worked on research funded by the National Health Service's Service Delivery Organisation (SDO). The major aim of the project was to review the existing state of research on the linkage between HRM policies and organisational performance and its methodical soundness, using the systematic review methodology. The project provided vital inputs to the on-going restructuring of HRM policies and practices in NHS.

Dr Alison Collins

Lecturer, Centre for Organizational Health and Well-Being

Alison is a Research Associate within the Centre for Organisational Health and Well-Being at Lancaster University Faculty of Health and Medicine. Alison completed her PhD in 2007 and explored the employment relationship of full-time clerical teleworkers’ using the psychological contract. She is currently working on a two year study with Professor Sue Cartwright exploring presenteeism in the workplace and its consequences on workers’ health and well-being.
Previously she has carried out research in the field of human and organisational factors across a wide range of industries including the UK offshore oil industry where she examined the issues surrounding fatigue, health and injury amongst seafarers’ and explored issues of safety, including risk leadership surrounding new and established organizations.

 

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