Dr Laura Simmons

Laura Simmons

Course leader for MSc Occupational/Business Psychology

Department of Performance, Health and Wellbeing

Contact Details

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

Laura is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Programme Lead for MSc Occupational and MSc Business Psychology in the School of Psychology. Laura teaches a range of modules including Business Psychology, Wellbeing and Work, Psychological Assessment at Work and Leadership, Training and Development.

Laura’s research interests include wellbeing at work, stress and coping, particularly amongst emergency service occupations. Laura also co-developed and has evaluated a wellbeing programme for students called Flourish-HE alongside colleagues in the school.



PhD Health Studies

MSc Applied Psychology

BSc Psychology


Teaching Interests

  • Wellbeing and Work
  • Business Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Psychological Assessment at Work
  • Learning, Training and Development


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




Research Interests

  • Wellbeing at work
  • Emergency service occupations
  • Sickness absence
  • Stress and coping
  • Mixed methods
  • Intervention evaluation



Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
  • Full Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)




Recent 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. http://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


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