Dr Christine A. Sprigg

Lecturer in Occupational Psychology

Please read the School's tribute to Dr Christine Sprigg.

Room: C052
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3263
Email: c.a.sprigg@sheffield.ac.uk
Christine Sprigg  

Before returning to the University of Sheffield and the Department of Psychology in 2002; Christine had worked for Employment Department Group/ DWP (Occupational Psychologist), Hull Royal Infirmary (Research Psychologist), University of Newcastle (Year 1 Psychology Demonstrator/ Methods Module Leader), University of Northumbria (Lecturer in OB & HRM), IWP (HSE-funded Research Fellow), and HSL/HSE (Senior Psychologist).

I was appointed as a Lecturer in Occupational Psychology in the Department of Psychology/IWP at the University of Sheffield in April 2002. I am an Occupational Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I am registered as a Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). I was the Director for the MSc Occupational Psychology programme at the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) for 3.5 years. I have completed 3 years service on Senate and on the University Health & Safety Committee, and also been a member of the Staff Well-Being Group. At the Management School I serve on the Research Committee and the Teaching Quality and Enhancement Committee.

I have gained funding for research, conference attendance and public engagement, from the following: British Council, NESTA, BPS, ESRC, HSE, IOSH, British Science Association, Royal Society, and Wellcome (the latter with Third Angel). In 2013 I was shortlisted for the Royal Society MP Pairing Scheme. My publications are in these journals: Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Occupational & Organisational Psychology, Journal of Organisational Behaviour, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Human Relations, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, European Journal of Work Psychology, Journal of Business Research, and Emergency Medicine Journal.


Currently I lead and teach on the following modules: MGT3002 (Work-Related Health & Well-Being), MGT6163 (Leadership, Engagement & Motivation), and co-lead MGT6118 (Project Workshops). In addition, I teach on MGT6168 (Well-Being & Work), and PSY308 (Occupational Psychology). I also mark and moderate on MGT6880 (Research Methods) and MGT310 (Critical Perspectives in Work & Organizational Psychology). I have previously marked exams on MGT682 (for 3 years). I have led a Faculty of Social Sciences Faculty Challenge (IPS101) team in both January 2015 & 2016.

Prior to this the majority of my teaching was for the MSc Occupational/Work Psychology programmes. I led as Director, and co-led as Deputy Director/ Admissions Tutor the MSc Occupational/Work Psychology programmes with Dr Kamal Birdi for a period of 10 years. I have led and lectured on a range of topics on PSY308 Occupational Psychology (a Year 3 module in the Psychology Department) initially for seven years.
I have supervised numerous MSc projects on the MSc Occupational/ Work Psychology programmes since 2002. In addition, I have also supervised both MSc HRM and MSc Leadership students. In terms of external teaching-related roles: I have been an External Examiner for a number of MSc programmes at both LSE (1 year) and at the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) Goldsmiths, University of London (3 years).


As an Occupational Psychologist and a member of the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) these are my interests:

  • Work' job design & employee well-being
  • Work-related aggression (e.g. violence, bullying, cyberbullying & incivility) and psychological well-being & physical health
  • Eldercare & the impact on employees

PhD Supervision

Christine is very keen to supervise PhD students who are interested in work-related aggression (e.g., incivility, bullying, cyberbullying, violence) and the well-being (and performance) outcomes of that work-related aggression. Also, PhD research which seeks to examine the potential barriers and facilitators these relationships (e.g., social support from managers, trait optimism). Christine is now seeking PhD students who are interested in the psychological well-being (and work performance) outcomes for employees who have increasing care responsibilities for their older family members (and perhaps have other caring roles too) in addition to their own daily paid employment. As this is a new research domain for Christine she is especially interested in attracting PhD proposals across the applied work/I-O psychology methodological spectrum (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods etc.). Finally, staying with her own research roots Christine is always happy to consider a broader range of PhD proposals encompassing work design/redesign and well-being. Christine has been growing her experience in both co-supervising and examining PhDs since gaining her own PhD in Work Psychology in March 2011.

Current PhD Students

Winnie Lam

Daniella Mokhtar

Previous PhD Students

Sam Farley
Stephen McGlynn

Current Key Co-Investigator Grants

Exploring Big Data to Examine Employee Health and Wellbeing: A Seminar Series (ESRC - £28,345)

Previous Key Principal Investigator Grants

'Management of Work-Related Violence to Lone Workers including Mobile Workers' (UK Health & Safety Executive - £98,000)
'Unacceptable Behaviour, Health and Wellbeing at Work' (IOSH - £97,000)