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The Effects of a Mindfulness and Rational-Emotive Behaviour Coaching intervention in Promoting Resilience and Organisational Wellbeing

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, accounting for 70-million sick days each year (HSE, 2019). It is also an important feature in presenteeism, contributing to a loss in productivity and efficiency.

Our proposed research seeks to develop and evaluate a contemporary mindfulness-based Rational Emotive Behaviour Coaching (REBC) intervention aimed at improving worker resilience and mental wellbeing. In doing so we will examine a novel approach to worker coaching, mentoring and awareness raising, whilst providing unique ethnographic evidence on the efficacy of the intervention and its impact on resilience, wellbeing and productivity via longitudinal examination.

The programme of research will draw upon ethnographic and applied research methods.


1. Develop a mindfulness-based REBC intervention to enhance wellbeing, resilience and productivity, which can be delivered within the real-world constraints of organisations and the workplace

2. Evaluate the longitudinal effects of the intervention on worker wellbeing, resilience and productivity

3. Adopt an ethnographic approach to understand changes in participants’ responses and day-to-day experiences as they progress through the intervention

Entry requirements

First Degree in Psychology and or Sport Science, MSc in Psychology and or in relevant subject area.


Professor Cheryl Haslam (Professor in Health Psychology, SSEHS); Dr Jamie Barker (Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, SSEHS); Dr Vivien Chow (Lecturer in Construction and Project Management, Loughborough University); Dr Andrew Wood (Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Staffordshire University)

How to apply

All applications should be made online:

Under school/department name, select 'Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences'. Please quote reference SSEHS/CH.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2020.

Start date: October 2020, January 2021

Full-time (3 years)

Fee band: Band RB (UK/EU: TBC; international: £17,200)

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