Professor Jeremy Dawson

Professor of Health Management

Room: B023
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3238
Email: J.F.Dawson@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal web page: http://www.jeremydawson.com/slopes.htm
Jeremy Dawson  

Jeremy Dawson is Professor of Health Management, working jointly between the Institute of Work Psychology (within the Management School) and the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). He is a statistician by background, but has worked in the fields of work psychology, management and healthcare since 1998.

Jeremy’s research focusses mainly on team working, human resource management, climate and culture in the NHS, with current funded projects including topics such as measurement of general practice productivity, evaluation of interventions to improve staff well-being, and diversity and discrimination in the workplace. He has also worked on other topics, particularly work group diversity, work engagement and safety. He has a particular interest in areas of statistical methodology, including the testing and interpretation of interaction effects (www.jeremydawson.com/slopes.htm).

He was previously a Senior Research Fellow at Aston Business School, Aston University, where he was also director of the Institute for Health Services Effectiveness (IHSE), leading several large-scale projects including running the NHS national staff survey for its first eight years between 2003 and 2010. He gained his PhD from Aston University in 2011.

Teaching

Jeremy is a statistician by background, and teaches a wide variety of subjects in the fields of statistics and research methods. Within the Management School he contributes to modules on research methods for management and psychology students, as well as supervising postgraduate students. Within ScHARR Jeremy leads the HAR6045 Further Statistics for Health Science Researchers module, and a corresponding distance learning module (HAR6061), which is also available to PhD students across the University as well as for continuous professional development (CPD). He also contributes to three other statistical modules for medical or health students. Jeremy currently supervises six PhD students, and provides additional statistical workshops for staff and PhD students within the Management School.

Some of this has the aim of preparing students for using statistics in the wider world (e.g. statistics for work psychologists; critical numbers for medical students), whilst other areas are focussed on enabling students (particularly postgraduates) to do quantitative research. This includes everything from basic principles of research through to detailed workshops about topics such as questionnaire design and psychometrics, multilevel analysis and structural equation modelling. He has also supervised students at all levels, including undergraduates, MSc, MBA, and PhD.

Research Interests

Jeremy's research falls broadly into three areas, with plenty of crossover between them – management of health care organisations, team working, and statistics. Recent projects in health care include a study of the effects of NHS staff engagement and experience on patient outcomes; various studies of team working in health care, particularly in mental health services; an examination of the effects of organisational restructuring in the NHS; and a project looking at the diversity of hospital staff and their representativeness of the local community. In 2014 he began an NIHR-funded study evaluating Schwartz Center Rounds® in the NHS, and between 2015 and 2017 he is leading an NIHR-funded study to develop and test a measurement of productivity in general practices.

As well as teams in health care, he has a more general interest in team diversity, and in particular how it should be measured. As a statistician he has also undertaken a wide range of methodological research, particularly regarding interpretation of interaction effects, measurement of diversity, analysis of incomplete team data, and the effects of aggregation on relationships. He has published over 40 papers in refereed academic journals in the fields of psychology, management, health care and research methods, as well as numerous project reports and articles in practitioner publications. He is an editorial board member of six journals, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

PHD Supervision

Jeremy currently supervises six PhD students:

  • Mustafa Doruk Mutlu (Management) - Composition of knowledge intensive teams and creativity
  • Leanne Ingram (Management) - Mindfulness at work
  • Manoj Patankar (Management) - Safety culture in hospitals
  • Ameerah Qattan (ScHARR) - Stress amongst nurses in Saudi Arabia
  • Katharine Whittingham (ScHARR) - Quality of life amongst carers of heart disease patients
  • Katharine Roberts (ScHARR) - Development of a nutrition measurement tool