Dr Carolyn Axtell

Senior Lecturer, Institute of Work Psychology
Head of Work, Employment, People and Organisations Division
Divisional Director of Learning and Teaching (WEPO Division)

Room: B027
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3267
Email: C.M.Axtell@sheffield.ac.uk
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Dr Carolyn Axtell is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Work Psychology. Her areas of expertise are: Virtual/remote working; Perspective taking/empathy; The organisation of work/job design.

She gained a PhD in Work Psychology from the University of Sheffield after completing an MSc in Occupational Psychology University of Sheffield. Carolyn completed her BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. She is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and a member of British Psychological Society (Division of Occupational Psychology).


Carolyn primarily teaches on the MSc in Occupational Psychology/MSc Work Psychology. She is module organiser for the wellbeing and work module but also teaches on other parts of the programme. Carolyn bases her lecture content on leading edge research and incorporates activities, discussion and different media to enhance student learning.


Over the years, Carolyn has worked with a range of organisations within both the public and private sector. These research projects have broadly related to either evaluating the impact of new technologies and new ways of working or helping organisations develop new work practices. Carolyn’s core interests are in virtual/telework, employee well-being, work design and empathy/perspective taking. She has been invited to speak at conferences on the topic of virtual and mobile work. Carolyn is also on the editorial boards for the Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology and the Journal of Business and Psychology.