About Us

Dr Christine Grant

Coventry University

CG 2013I am a Chartered and HCPC registered Occupational Psychologist, and member of the Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement Research Group at Coventry University, where I am also Associate Head of School. My main research focus is exploring how remote e-working using technology impacts of work-life balance, job effectiveness and well-being and developing new psychometric measures. I am a lead researcher in the psychology of remote working and have published in this area, and been quoted recently in several media articles and radio shows including BBC News and The Times. I have also developed, through my PhD a new e-work-life scale that enables individuals and organisations to measure the impact and includes suggested strategies to ameliorate these issues, details can be found on my website. I am also a member of the British Psychological Society’s Work-life balance Working Group.

Dr Almuth McDowall

Birkbeck – University of London

A_McDowall_9213After a successful career in health and fitness, as a personal instructor working primarily with performing artists, I retrained in psychology. Having started my career in practice as a senior consultant for the Psychometrics Centre (City University London) and then moving to the University of Surrey, I now hold an academic post at Birkbeck University of London, where I am Course Director for the MSc in Human Resource Development and Consultancy, leading a number of funded research projects; and I am a visiting Senior Lecturer at City University London. I continue to practice as an independent consultant across the public and private sector. My particular research interests include working with emergency services, and the development of work-life balance self-management competence; as a full-time working mother of three girls I am passionate about helping individuals and organisations juggle work and everything else as effectively as possible.

Being widely published in academic and popular publications, my research has been featured in the press, including Grazia Magazine, the Financial Times and the Sunday Times, and I regularly speak on national and regional radio. I have been quoted in the popular press on burnout in The Guardian, on checking e-mails in The Daily Telegraph, on quality me-time on Boots MD and in the Daily Mirror.

Professor Gail Kinman

University of Bedfordshire

gail2My research interests focus on work-related stress and work-life balance and how they influence the wellbeing of employees, their families and their clients/customers. Recent research has examined the factors that underpin resilience in emotionally demanding professions, such as social work and nursing, and how this key quality can be enhanced. I am also working on research projects that explore the impact of work-related stress, work-life conflict and recovery experiences in the fire and rescue service, the police, the prison service and the university sector. Other recent research has investigated specific emotional experiences such as crying at work, and the work-life balance of couples that do similar work. I have published widely on these topics.

I co-chair the British Psychological Society (BPS) Working Group for Work-life Balance which communicates evidence-based research and practice to organisations, employees and other academics. I am also a member of the Editorial Board of The Psychologist and an Associate Editor for interviews for this publication. I also speak regularly on behalf of the Society to the media. My research has been covered in media, including in The Guardian on work-life balance of teachers and mental health problems in academia, The Daily Telegraph on work-life balance in same-career couples and compassion fatigue in nurses, and Metro on imposter syndrome in high-fliers.

Dr Cristina Quiñones-García

Open University

cristinaI am a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Member of the CIPD. My current teaching, along with other colleagues at the OU, involves developing a new CIPD accredited MSc HRM. Prior to my academic posts, I worked as an Occupational Psychologist in Spain (e.g. HC Energy, Consultancy work with the Autonoma University of Madrid) and in different HR roles in the UK (e.g. NHS, the University of Southampton). My research interests are primarily about the interplay between work and health, with a particular focus on emotion regulation processes, impact of technology on well-being, and psychological recovery processes. During my doctoral studies I examined the impact of emotion work in employees’ well-being in Spain and the UK, this work led to academic publications and it was featured in the popular press and radio, such as in The Daily Telegraph, HR Bullets, and Daily Mail. I am currently the Principal Investigator on a project funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust aimed at identifying the drivers of Compulsive Internet Use in adult population. This project has also received great press coverage so far and the latest academic publication has just been released in the Journal of Computers in Human Behaviour. An unformatted version can be freely accessed here.

Svenja Schlachter

University of Surrey

SS-Portrait-Small-4I am currently a PhD Candidate in the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey. After completing my undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Germany, I joined the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey in 2013 to pursue a PhD. My research interests include occupational health psychology, technology use for work, work-life balance and recovery from work. My PhD project focuses on the phenomenon of voluntary work-related ICT use during traditional non-work time. Or put more simply: Why do we never switch off our phones, computers or tablets when we are not at work?! My research project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). My research has been featured in the press, including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Workplace Insight and Boots MD.