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Prof. Kristy Sanderson

Professor in Applied Health Research

Psychiatric epidemiology; Workplace health promotion; Public mental health

Professor Kristy Sanderson is interested in public health approaches to mental health, especially how to promote mentally healthy workplaces through organisational and individual behaviour change. Her work programme is addressing an NHS national priority area on how to attract and retain a workforce through improving the way we support staff and learners in the health and social care systems. She leads the Workforce Sustainability Research Group of UEA Health & Social Care Partners where one of our priorities is mindfulness training for workplace mental health promotion. She is Deputy Lead for the NIHR ARC East of England Mental Health Over the Life Course theme, where she leads the Workforce Wellbeing work stream which also has an initial focus on mindfulness training.

She joined UEA in January 2017 as Chair in Applied Health Research in the School of Health Sciences. She is a psychiatric epidemiologist and has been a registered psychologist earlier in my career. She has collaborated and supervised across the health and social sciences including medical specialties, public health, nursing, psychology, business, economics, and sociology. She is an experienced PhD supervisor, having worked with 18 PhD students to date. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and a member of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology and Society for Social Medicine & Population Health.

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Recent research projects include:

Optimising digital health tools for sleep and fatigue management in NHS shift workers: potential impact on patient, staff, and organisational outcomes. NIHR CLAHRC East of England 2018-2019 (Principle Investigator)

Promoting staff wellbeing in UK ambulance personnel. HEE 2019-2020 (Co-Investigator and Work Package Lead, PIs Dr Fiona Bell Yorkshire Ambulance Service & Prof Niro Siriwardena University of Lincoln)

Mental health, well-being and support interventions for UK ambulance services staff: an evidence map 1999-2019

Practices and combinations of practices for health and wellbeing at work. ESRC Wellbeing and Productivity 2019-2021 (Co-Investigator, PI Prof Kevin Daniels UEA with RAND Europe)

A discourse analysis of the co-construction of power, and its potential relationship to empathy, in the context of person-centred therapy. UEA 2019-2022 (PhD supervisor)

Making mindfulness work for workplaces. Australian Government/TasNetworks Elite Scholarship 2016-2019 (PhD supervisor)

Mindfulness: effectiveness for safeguarding health professionals. Norfolk and Suffolk Primary and Community Care Research Office Research Bursary 2019 (supervisor)

Cardiometabolic risk trajectories from childhood to mid-life: finding pathways to better health. NHMRC Project Grant 2017-2020 (Co-Investigator, PI Prof Alison Venn University of Tasmania)

Prior to relocating to the UK, Kristy was a Chief Investigator on competitive grants totalling AU$9.8 million, including a highly competitive Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship plus project support from both the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council. She has been continuously funded by NHMRC for 17 years (2003-2019). She has served on 13 national grant review panels (selection panels) in health and medical research and chaired a state-wide scientific review ethics committee. She has been an Associate Editor for International Journal of Workplace Health Management, on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Health Promotion, and a former Editor of Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology. She has held national leadership roles in the Australasian Epidemiological Association and the Public Health Association of Australia.