Professor Cheryl Haslam

  • Emeritus Professor of Health Psychology

Cheryl Haslam is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Work and Health Research Centre. Cheryl’s research interests include: the ageing workforce; mental health at work; accidents and work-related ill-health; musculoskeletal disorders and health promotion in the workplace.

Cheryl has secured funding from: ESRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, AHRC, MRC, HSE, European Social Fund, Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Leverhulme Trust and Nuffield Foundation. Her research is internationally acclaimed and has attracted awards from the British Medical Association, Swedish Institute of Working Life, American Psychological Association, US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Walking Works Wonders

The impact of work on health; the ageing workforce; mental health at work; improving health and safety; workplace health promotion interventions.

Current research and Enterprise

  • Walking Works Wonders (
  • Working late: strategies to enhance productive and healthy environments for the older workforce (
  • Driving out back pain in business drivers
  • Occupational safety and health – promoting good health and good business
  • Effective manual handling training
  • A staged approach to improving health and safety


  • 2006 American Psychological Association/National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Intervention Evaluation Competition – first prize.
  • 2001 Best paper of conference ‘Effects on performance of medication in the working population’ International conference ‘X2001 - Exposure Assessment in Epidemiology and Practice’, Gothenburg, Sweden, June, 2001.

Learned Societies and Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Health Psychologist

Invited Lecture/Keynotes

  • 2019 Expert panel member, Organisational Behaviour Lab Inaugural Public Lecture, Kings College London, 14th November.
  • 2015 Keynote speaker at the Corporate Advisor Group Risk and Health Care Forum, London, 2nd December.
  • 2015 Invited speaker at the network workshop, Building up towards sustainable work: longer and better working lives, Loughborough University, 2nd July.
  • 2015 Invited Thought Leader, London Summit, Global Summit Series, Experienced Economy and Multi-Generational Entrepreneurship, 12th February.
  • 2014 Invited speaker, UK Urban Ageing Consortium, Older People & Economic Development, Leeds, 30 October.
  • 2013 Invited speaker at the Mayor of London’s Older People’s Assembly, City Hall, 21st November.
  • 2013 Invited speaker at Workplace Ergonomics and Productivity, Earls Court, 1st -2nd October.
  • 2013 Keynote address, Ashridge, international conference on Multi-generation Challenges: Integrating the age into manAGEment and organization, July 19-21st.
  • 2013 Selected to represent ESRC research at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology event The Science of Health and Well-being, House of Commons, 4th June 2013.
  • 2012 Invited Speaker at the Health and Well Being at Work Conference, NEC, March, 2012.
  • 2011 Invited Speaker at the LexisNexis Butterworth’s Seminar on Age Discrimination, London, June 2011.
  • 2011 Keynote Speaker at the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics Annual Conference – Fit for the Future, Nottingham, June 2011.
  • 2010 Invited speaker at 1st European Conference on Ergonomics - Quality of life: social, economic & ergonomic challenges for ageing people at work, Bruges, Belgium, October, 2010.
  • Keynote speaker at RoSPA and TAEN conference on Talent Management in a Maturing Workforce, June 2010, Birmingham.
  • 2009 Invited speaker at the ESRC Festival of Science, Manchester.
  • 2008 Invited speaker at the MRC launch of the Life Long Health and Well Being Research Initiative, London.
  • 2007 Keynote speaker at European Agency for Health and Safety at Work Euroweek launch, London.
  • 2006 Invited speaker, Royal Society of Medicine, 'Rehabilitation - what is the evidence' March, 2006.
  • 2006 Keynote address British Occupational Hygiene Society Conference, April 2006.

Advisory Roles

  • 2012 Invited member of Peer Review Committee for the ERA-AGE2 Joint Call for Research Applications (JCRA) Active and Healthy Ageing Across the Life Course.
  • 2012 Invited member of the ESRC Peer Review College
  • 2008 American Psychological Association/National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Intervention Evaluation Advisory Committee
  • 2007 Engineering Employers Federation, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Committee
  • 2006 Advisor to the Health and Safety Commission’s Committee on Toxic Substances
  • 2002-date. Advisor to European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Spain

Featured publications

  • Haslam, C., Kazi, A., Duncan, M. (2020) Process evaluation of a tailored workplace intervention designed to promote sustainable working in a rapidly changing world. Ergonomics, 63: 253-262.
  • Haslam, C., Kazi, A., Duncan, M., Clemes, S., and Twumasi, R. (2019) Walking Works Wonders: a tailored workplace intervention evaluated over 24 months. Ergonomics, 62: 31–41.
  • Kazi, A., Haslam, C., Duncan, M., Clemes, S., and Twumasi, R. (2019) Sitting times of UK workers: industrial sector, job type and geographical differences. Ergonomics, 62: 21–30.
  • Drake, C., Haslam, R. and Haslam, C. (2017) Facilitators and barriers to the protection and promotion of the health and safety of older workers. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 15: 4-18.
  • Thomas, J. and Haslam, C. (2017) How people who self-harm negotiate the inpatient environment: the mental-healthcare workers’ perspective. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 24: 480-490.
  • Jones, W., Haslam, R. A. and Haslam, C.  (2017) What is a ‘good’ job? Modelling job quality for blue collar workers. Ergonomics, 60: 138-149.
  • Haslam, C., O’Hara, J., Kazi, A., Twumasi, R. and Haslam, R. (2016) Proactive occupational safety and health management: promoting good health and good business. Safety Science, 81: 99-108.
  • Duncan, M. and Haslam, C.  (2015) A qualitative investigation of Foundation Year 2 doctors’ views on the European Working Time Directive. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 29: 367-380.
  • Kazi, A., Duncan, M., Clemes, S. and Haslam, C. (2014) A survey of sitting time among UK employees. Occupational Medicine, 64: 497-502.
  • Jones, W., Haslam, R. A. and Haslam, C.  (2014) Measuring job quality: a study with bus drivers. Applied Ergonomics, 45: 1641-1648.
  • Kazi, A. and Haslam, C. (2013) Stress Management Standards: a warning indicator for employee health. Occupational Medicine, 63: 335–340.
  • Gyi, D., Sang, K. and Haslam, C. (2013) Participatory ergonomics: co-developing interventions to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal symptoms in business drivers. Ergonomics, 56: 45-58.
  • McDermott, H., Haslam, C., Clemes, S., Williams, C. and Haslam, R. (2012) Investigation of manual handling training practices in organisations and beliefs regarding effectiveness.  International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 42: 206-211.
  • Lawrence, W., Keyte, J., Tinati, T., Haslam, C., Baird, J., Margetts, B., Swift, J., Cooper., C. and Barker, M.  (2012) A mixed-methods investigation to explore how women living indisadvantaged areas might be supported to improve their diets. Journal of Health Psychology, 17: 785-798.
  • Jones, W., Haslam, R. and Haslam, C. (2012) How do people differentiate between jobs: And how do they define a good job? Work, 41(Suppl.1): 818-821.
  • Sang, K., Gyi, D. and Haslam, C. (2011) Stakeholder perspectives on managing the occupational health of UK business drivers: A qualitative approach. Applied Ergonomics, 42: 419-425.
  • Lawrence, W., Schlotz,W., Crozier, S., Skinner, T. C., Haslam, C., Robinson, S., Inskip, H., Cooper, C. and Barker, M. (2011) Specific psychological variables predict quality of diet in women of lower, but not higher, educational attainment. Appetite, 56: 46-52.
  • Munir, F, Kalawsky, K. E. A., Lawrence, C., Yarker, J., Haslam, C. O., Ahmed, S. (2011) Cognitive Intervention for Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Adjuvant Chemotherapy: A Needs Analysis. Cancer Nursing, 34: 385-392.
  • Haslam, C., Haefeli, K. and Haslam, R. (2010) Perceptions of occupational injury and illness costs in small, medium and large organisations. Occupational Medicine, 60: 484-490.
  • Yarker, J., Munir, F., Bains, M., Kalawsky, K. and Haslam, C. (2010) The role of communication and support in return to work following cancer-related absence. Psycho-Oncology, 19: 1078-1085.
  • McDermott, H., Kazi, A., Munir, F. and Haslam, C. (2010) Developing occupational health services for active age management.Occupational Medicine, 60: 193-204.
  • Sang, K., Gyi, D. and Haslam, C. (2010). Pharmaceutical sales representatives: work tasks, driving exposure and musculoskeletal problems. Occupational Medicine, 60: 108-114.
  • Clemes, S. A., Haslam, C. and Haslam, R. (2010) What constitutes effective manual handling training? a systematic review. Occupational Medicine, 60: 101-107.
  • Lawrence, W., Skinner, C., Haslam, C., Robinson, S., Inskip, H., Barker, D., Cooper, C., Jackson, A. and Barker, M. (2009) Why women of lower educational attainment struggle to make healthier food choices: the importance of psychological and social factors. Psychology and Health, 24: 1003-1020.
  • Munir, F., Khan, H. T. A., Yarker, J., Haslam, C., Long, H., Bains, M. and  Kalawsky, K. (2009) Self-management of health behaviours among older and younger workers with chronic illnesses. Patient Education and Counseling, 77: 109-115.
  • Miller, P. and Haslam, C. (2009) Why employers spend money on employee health: Interviews with occupational health and safety professionals from British industry. Safety Science, 47: 163-169.
  • Barker, M., Lawrence, W., Skinner, C., Haslam, C., Robinson, S., Inskip, H., Margetts, B., Jackson, A., Barker, D. and Cooper. C. (2008) Constraints on food choices of women with lower educational attainment in the UK. Public Health Nutrition, 11: 1229-1237.
  • Munir, F., Yarker J. and Haslam C. (2008) Sickness absence management: encouraging attendance or risk-taking presenteeism in employees with chronic illness?Disability and Rehabilitation, 30: 1461-1472.
  • Baird, A., Worral, L., Haslam, C. and Haslam, R. (2008) Evaluation of a Multi-disciplinary Back Pain Rehabilitation Programme: Individual and Group Perspectives. Quality of Life Research, 17: 357–366.
  • Munir, F., Yarker, J., Haslam, C., Long, H., Leka, S., Griffiths, A. and Cox, S. (2007) Work factors related to psychological and health-related distress among employees with chronic illnesses. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 17: 259-277.
  • Munir, F., Yarker, J. and Haslam, C. (2007) Use of prescribed medication at work in employees with chronic illness. Occupational Medicine, 57: 480-487.
  • Pryce, J., Munir, F. and Haslam, C. (2007) Cancer survivorship and work: Symptoms, supervisor response, co-worker disclosure and work adjustment. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 17: 83-92.
  • Kennedy, F., Haslam, C.,Munir, F. and Pryce, J. (2007) Returning to work following cancer: a qualitative study into the experience of returning to work following cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care, 16: 17-25.
  • Whysall, Z., Haslam, C., Haslam, R. (2007) Developing the stage of change approach for the reduction of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Journal of Health Psychology, 12: 184-197.
  • Lawrence, W. and Haslam, C. (2007) Smoking during pregnancy: where next for stage-based interventions? Journal of Health Psychology, 12: 159-169.
  • Munir, F., Pryce, J., Haslam, C., Leka, S. and Griffiths, A. (2006) Gender differences in managing chronic illness at work: exploring predictors for disclosure. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 25: 173-180.
  • Whysall, Z., Haslam, C., Haslam, R. (2006) A stage of change approach to reducing occupational ill health. Preventive Medicine, 43: 422-428.
  • Whysall, Z., Haslam, C., Haslam, R. (2006) Implementing health and safety interventions in the workplace: An exploratory study. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 36: 809-818.
  • Haslam, C., Atkinson, S., Brown, S. and Haslam, R. (2005) Anxiety and depression in the workplace: effects on the individual and organisation (a focus group investigation). Journal of Affective Disorders, 88: 209-215.
  • Haslam, C., Atkinson, S., Brown, S. and Haslam, R., (2005) Perceptions of the impact of depression and anxiety and the medication for these conditions on safety in the workplace. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 62: 538-545.
  • McDonagh, D., Wilson, L., Haslam, C. and Weightman, D. (2005) Good vibrations: Do electrical therapeutic massagers work? Ergonomics, 48: 680-691.
  • Haslam, C.and Lawrence, W. (2004) Health related behavior and beliefs of pregnant smokers. Health Psychology, 23: 486-491.
  • Whysall, Z., Haslam, R. and Haslam, C. (2004) Processes, barriers and outcomes described by ergonomics consultants in preventing musculoskeletal disorders. Applied Ergonomics, 35: 343-351.
  • Holdsworth, M., Raymond, N. and Haslam, C. (2004) Does the Heartbeat Award Scheme in England result in change in dietary behaviour in the workplace? Health Promotion International, 19: 197-204.
  • Haslam, C., Brown, S., Atkinson, S. and Haslam, R. (2004) Patients’ experiences of prescribed medication for anxiety and depression: effects on working life. Family Practice, 21: 204-212.