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Rachel Lewis

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Rachel Lewis PhD is Director of Affinity Health at Work and a lecturer and Course Director for the MSc in Occupational and Business Psychology at Kingston Business School.

Rachel is a Chartered and Registered Occupational Psychologist. She contributes to the Division of Occupational Psychology as a member of the BPS Qualification in Occupational Psychology Reference Group, and, having formerly stood as the Chair of the DOP conference committee, is now a peer reviewer for this conference. She is also an external examiner for Birkbeck, University of London.

Her research is focused upon leadership and management, particularly upon the link between management and employee well-being. Her doctoral research explored the role of implicit theories of leadership in the context of employee well-being, focused on understanding more about why managers may impact upon the health of employees in the workplace. Through her research and work with Emma Donaldson-Feilder and Jo Yarker, she has contributed to the development of guidance materials used within organisations and provided by bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, ACAS and the Health and Safety Executive. She has also written articles for both peer reviewed academic and trade publications, along with presenting at numerous academic and professional conferences.

Rachel co-authored a book based on the ‘Management Competencies for Preventing and Reducing Stress at Work’ with Emma Donaldson-Feilder and Jo Yarker. She currently has two books due for publication in January 2013. One is part of the Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Occupational and Organisational series and is called the ‘Handbook of Leadership, OD and Change’. The second is a textbook, published through Sage, called ‘Introduction to Work and Occupational Psychology:  Integrating theory and practice’, aimed at presenting psychological theories and models in the context of practice within organisations.

She is passionate about promoting evidence based practice, and conducting relevant context led research and seeks to achieve this through her academic and consultancy profile.

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