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Dr Sarah Pickup

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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, graduate member of the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) and Senior Fellow within the Higher Education Authority.

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Programme Leader for MSc Health, Safety and Wellbeing and Health and Safety module lead.

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

Teaching and supervision

My teaching focuses on specialist modules in health, safety and wellbeing (Level 7), specifically the principles of health and safety law, management, risk assessment and appraisal as well as the role of human factors. I also teach research methods for undergraduate and postgraduate students, covering the research process from initial ideas to the development of research questions, research design (qualitative and quantitative) and analysis.

I regularly supervise masters students taking their final assessment, a primary piece of research, across a broad range of topics. I also supervise undergraduate (second year) biomedical dissertation students in topics that cover substances and / or biological agents that can affect the health and wellbeing of people at work.

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: 5.


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

Conference or Workshop Item

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 Tue Aug 4 20:35:52 2020 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 26 June 2020

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