Dr Laura Simmons
Lecturer in Psychology / Co-lead Undergraduate Psychology courses
Department of Performance, Health and Wellbeing
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.
PhD Health Studies
MSc Applied Psychology
Wellbeing at Work
Biological and Cognitive Psychology
Professional Skills and Practice
Laura also supervises a range of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.
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)
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 Services, 8(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 Health, 12, 25-40. doi: 10.5708/EJMH.12.2017.1
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
Peer Reviewer for the International Journal of Emergency Services