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Senior Lecturer

I graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2010 with a First Class Honours degree in Psychology and completed my PhD here at the University in 2017. I am an Organisational Psychologist researching how individual differences, physical and social work environments impact behaviour, health, safety and wellbeing. I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and Senior Fellow within the Higher Education Authority.

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Psychology. I am Programme Leader for an online MSc Psychology course and lead several modules online and on campus. 

Read my article on Employee Wellbeing During Covid-19 and Employers’ Responsibilities.

Teaching and supervision

My main teaching focuses on workplace psychology and health, safety and wellbeing.

I am module leader for PSYM100 (Understanding Psychology), PSYM98 (Occupational Occupational psychology) and PSYM99 Research Planning and Design which are online modules within the MSc Psychology Programme.

I am also module leader for PSY261 (Future Selves) a core undergraduate module and supervise masters students taking their final assessment, a primary piece of research, across a broad range of topics.

Research interests for potential research students

My specific interests are related to the application of psychological/behavioural principles within the workplace (health, safety and wellbeing). My own PhD research sought to bring together many important aspects, perspectives and approaches to employee health, safety and wellbeing, including, personality, motivation, human error, organisational culture, climate and leadership.

Since my own PhD, I have been working primarily in the field of wellbeing, using organisational development principles to measure wellbeing and facilitate positive change outcomes. I also have a passion for personality theory and its application to the these fields.


Number of items: 9.


Priddle, Helen, Pickup, Sarah and Hayes, Catherine (2021) Occupational health issues experienced by UK embryologists: informing improvements in clinical reproductive science practice. Human Fertility. ISSN 1464-7273

Pickup, Sarah, Paton, Kevin, Hayes, Catherine and Morrison, Ben (2020) A day in the life of frontline manufacturing personnel: A diary-based safety study. Health and Safety Science, 132. ISSN 0925-7535

Pickup, Sarah (2020) Occupational wellbeing amidst a global health pandemic. The Psychologist.

Conference or Workshop Item

Dale, Michelle, Pickup, Sarah and Hayes, Catherine (2021) Spousal Perspectives on Reintegration into Civilian Life after UK Military Service. In: 2021 British Psychological Society (Social Psychology Section) Annual Conference, 25 - 27 August 2021, British Psychological Society Online. (Unpublished)

Priddle, Helen, Pickup, Sarah and Hayes, Catherine (2021) Self Reported Occupational Health Issues of UK Embryologists and Implications for Clinical Reproductive Science Practice. In: Fertility Online 2021 Conference, Wednesday 6th January - Sunday 10th January 2021, Online due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

Pickup, Sarah (2015) Human Factors in Health and Safety Training. In: International Congress, Erzurum, Turkey, May 2015, Erzurum, Turkey.


Pickup, Sarah (2020) The Psychology of Panic Buying During Covid 19. [Audio]


Pickup, Sarah (2020) Employee Wellbeing During COVID-19 and Employers’ Responsibilities. University of Sunderland.

Pickup, Sarah (2019) Q&A: The £57million bill of stress, anxiety and depression in the workplace. University of Sunderland.

This list was generated on Sat Jul 20 06:19:15 2024 BST.
  • Human factors and workplace behaviour particularly around health, safety and wellbeing
  • Health and safety, including accident causation, safety culture
  • Workplace wellbeing
  • Behaviour change

Last updated 28 February 2024