Dr Laura Simmons

Laura Simmons

Lecturer in Psychology / Co-lead Undergraduate Psychology courses

Department of Performance, Health and Wellbeing

Contact Details

email: l.simmons@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 543026

Laura is a Lecturer in Psychology and joint course leader for the undergraduate psychology programmes within the School of Psychology. Laura teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including Cognitive and Biological Psychology, Professional Skills and Practice, Research Methods and Business Psychology.

Laura’s research interests include wellbeing at work, stress and coping. Her most recent research investigated the relationship between work-related stress, coping styles and sickness absence in the ambulance service.

 

Qualifications

PhD Health Studies

MSc Applied Psychology

BSc Psychology

Teaching Interests

Business Psychology

Wellbeing at Work

Investigating Psychology

Research Methods

Cyberpsychology

Biological and Cognitive Psychology

Professional Skills and Practice

 

Laura also supervises a range of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

 

 

Research Interests

Laura’s research interests include mental health and wellbeing at work. Her previous research has focused on occupational stress and coping styles in the ambulance services in relation to organisational outcomes such as sickness absence.

 

 

Membership of Professional Bodies

Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)

Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

 

 

 

Recent Publications

Publications

Morgan, B., & Simmons, L. (2021). A ‘PERMA’ response to the pandemic: An online positive education programme to promote wellbeing in university students. Frontiers in Education, 6 (642632), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2021.642632

Simmons, L., Jones, A. W., Siriwardena, A. N., & Bridle, C. (2019). Interventions to reduce sickness absence among healthcare workers: A systematic review. International Journal of Emergency Services8(2), 147-162. doi: 10.1108/IJES-05-2018-0028

Simmons, L., Jones, T., & Bradley, E. (2017). Reducing mental health stigma - The relationship between knowledge and attitude change. European Journal of Mental Health12, 25-40. doi: 10.5708/EJMH.12.2017.1

Conferences

Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Worcester: An online positive education programme to promote wellbeing, June 2020

Postgraduate Research Showcase, University of Lincoln: Understanding sickness absence in the ambulance service, February 2019

Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Chester: Understanding sickness absence in the ambulance service, January 2019

Psychology Presence in the Midlands, Derby: Interventions to reduce sickness absence among a healthcare population – a systematic review, September 2017

999EMS 2019, Birmingham: Abstract accepted for poster presentation: The relationship between stress, coping and sickness absence in the ambulance service, April 2019

Division of Occupational Annual Conference, Stratford-Upon-Avon: Interventions to reduce sickness absence among healthcare workers – a systematic review, January 2018

 

 

 

External Roles

Peer Reviewer for the International Journal of Emergency Services