Senior lecturer in occupational psychology at Kingston University.
Dr Lewis is a chartered psychologist and a registered occupational psychologist, who joined Kingston University in 2010. Her research is primarily focused upon leadership and management, looking particularly at the link between management and employees' well-being. Her doctoral research involved understanding more about how and why managers may impact upon the health of their employees in the workplace. She is the co-author of "Preventing stress in organisations - how to develop positive managers" which was published in 2010, and has two more books due for publication in 2012.
She has carried out considerable research on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development looking at the whole area of management competencies, such as ways of preventing and reducing stress at work, managing conflict within the workforce, developing resilience at an organisational and an individual level and enhancing employee engagement. Latest research just published developed a behavioural framework setting out what managers need to do to engender engagement in their team, while at the same time preventing stress/protecting wellbeing - in order to create sustainable employee engagement. You can read the research here
Since 2005 she has worked with two others on a project sponsored by the Health and Safety Executive (UK), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and Investors in People to identify the behaviours associated with effective and ineffective stress management. In a further development, the team is now looking at management behaviours associated with employee engagement.
In addition to her research and teaching, she is a director of Affinity Health at Work, a workplace wellbeing consultancy which aims to improve organisational performance by enhancing workplace wellbeing and employee engagement.
|2009||PhD in Applied Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London.|
|2004||MSc in Occupational Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London.|
|2010-||Course director and senior lecturer in Occupational Psychology, Kingston University.|
|2009-2010||Lecturer in Occupational Psychology, Cith University.|
|2009||Senior lecturer in Occupational Psychology, London Metropolitan University.|
|2008-||Director, Affinity Health at Work.|
|2007-2008||Lecturer in Occupational Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London.|
|2005-2008||Research Associate, Goldswmiths, University of London.|
|2004-2005||Senior consultant, ETS Ltd (organisational research and consultancy).|
|1996 - 2003||Account Director, GHMC (marketing and sales promotion).|
Lewis, Rachel, Yarker, Joanna, Donaldson-Feilder, Emma, Flaxman, Paul and Munir, Fehmidah (2010) Using a competency based approach to identify the management behaviours required to manage workplace stress in nursing: a critical incident study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 47(3), pp. 307-313. ISSN (print) 0020-7489
Donaldson-Feilder, Emma and Lewis, Rachel (2009) Putting the management into stress management: manager behaviours that prevent and reduce stress. Counselling at Work(Summer), pp. 4-10. ISSN (print) 1351-007X
Donaldson-Feilder, Emma and Lewis, Rachel (2009) Putting the management into stress management: manager behaviours that prevent and reduce stress at work. PH.com, p. 9. ISSN (print) 1472-7501
Donaldson-Feilder, Emma, Yarker, Jo and Lewis, Rachel (2008) Line management competence: the key to preventing and reducing stress at work. Strategic HR Review, 7(2), pp. 11-16. ISSN (print) 1475-4398
Donaldson-Feilder, Emma, Yarker, Joanna and Lewis, Rachel (2011) Preventing stress in organizations: how to develop positive managers. Oxford, U.K. Wiley-Blackwell. 280p. ISBN 9780470665534.
Leonard, S., Lewis, R., Freedman, A., & Passmore, J. (Eds). (in press). The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Leadership, Change and OD. Chichester - Wiley Blackwell. This will be published November 2012.
Lewis, R., & Zibarras, L. (in press). Work and Occupational Psychology: Integrating Theory and Practice. London: Sage. This is a textbook which will be published January 2013.
Lewis, Rachel, Yarker, J and Donaldson-Feilder, E (2012) The vital role of managers in managing psychosocial risks. In: Biron, Caroline , Karanika-Murray, Maria and Cooper, Cary, (eds.) Improving organizational interventions for stress and well-being: addressing process and context. London, U.K. : Routledge. ISBN 9781848720565 (In Press)
Donaldson-Feilder, Emma, Yarker, Joanna and Lewis, Rachel (2008) Management competencies for preventing and reducing stress at work. In: Houdmont, Jonathan and Leka, Stavroula, (eds.) Occupational health psychology: European perspectives on research, education and practice. Nottingham, U.K. : Nottingham University Press. pp. 229-256. ISBN 9781904761822
Rachel has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences in the UK.
British Psychological Society
Association of British Psychologists
Health Professions Council
Through her research 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.