THIS BLOG

MP120111AH2_029-1I am Tom Cox: I am an organizational psychologist of some experience broadly specialising in occupational health issues relating to work, health and the sustainability of working life. I was awarded the CBE in 2000 for my contribution to occupational health. This award was largely related to my role in the development of the Management Standards approach to work-related stress and psychosocial risks to employee health.  One of my current concerns is cancer survivorship and work participation.

I hold Chairs at three universities. My primary affiliation is with Birkbeck University of London where I hold the Chair of Occupational Health Psychology & Management and am Director of the Centre for Sustainable Working Life (CSWL) in the School of Business, Economics & Informatics. I am also heavily involved in the METIS Collaboration as its Co Director. METIS is hosted at the University of Aberdeen by the Academic Urology Unit in the Institute of Applied Health Sciences, School of Medicine & Dentistry. I hold an Honorary Chair in Psychosocial Oncology at that University. Last, but not least, I have an Emeritus Chair in Organizational Psychology at the University of Nottingham in the Division of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology, School of Medicine.

images-2Hopefully, I am a productive researcher. I have had about 10,700 citations of my more substantive publications (so far) with a h-index of 50 and an i10-index of 143 (Google Scholar). Since the beginnings of my partial retirement  in 2010, I have managed an h-index of 36 and an i10-index of 85 (Google Scholar).

This is my personal and work blog. The Blog shares news of my current research, my professional activities, some of my other interests – outside of sport – and my travels. It also copies in my Twitter account which is focused on Occupational & Public Health News and RSS feeds in my areas of interest. The Blog incorporates material from The OHP Review originally published as an online guide to Occupational Health Psychology. You can read my comments on current political events at: politicsandtheoldgreyfox.wordpress.com

The blog has achieved over 20,600 hits. Recently, the top 10 countries, by hits,have been the UK, USA, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Australia, Ireland, Germany and Sweden. The blog also seems to have some appeal in some smaller countries such as Latvia, the UAE, Cyprus, Iceland, Serbia and Croatia!

The BLOG ADDRESS is: http://www.proftcox.com.
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NEW BOOK CHAPTERS

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NEW CHAPTERS ON CANCER SURVIVORSHIP AND ON CYBER-BULLYING TO BE PUBLISHED

Over the last 12 months, we have had two new chapters accepted for publication in edited texts in 2017. They are:

 

Cox, T., Postavaru, G., Munir, F., Hassard, J., & MacLennan, S. (2017) Cancer survivorship, cancer-related ptsd and positive change: a narrative overview. In: C.L. Cooper & J.C. Quick (ends) The Handbook of Stress & Health: A Guide to Research & Practice. Chichester: John Wiley & Son

Cox, T., Marczak, M., Teoh, K., and Hassard, J. (2017) New directions in intervention: Cyber-bullying, schools and teachers. In: T.M. Mcintyre, S.E. McIntyre & D.J.Francis (ends) Stress in Educators: An Occupational Health Perspective. New York: Springer.

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NEW PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATE IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

unknownTHE CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE WORKING LIFE, BIRKBECK UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, ANNOUNCES A NEW POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY FOR 2017.

The Centre for Sustainable Working Life (CSWL) is pleased to announce a new postgraduate and post experience programme in occupational health psychology leading to the award of a professional doctorate (if the student is successful).

 
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This new programme  is a school-level initiative in Business, Economics & Informatics at Birkbeck University of London. It will be available, both full-time and part-time, from January 2017 and enquiries should be addressed to Professor Tom Cox CBE at t.cox@bbk.ac.uk.

The new programme offers a structured approach to doctoral level research and qualification. Briefly …..

 

images-1In the first year (* or part time equivalent), those on the course will be provided with seminar-based opportunities for advanced education in occupational health psychology, the design, analysis and management of real world research, and insight into current ethical and professional issues. In the first year (*), students will design and complete a systematic-style review of their chosen area of research under supervision. The first year (*) will be examined. Students may leave the programme, at this stage, with a MRes (Occupational Health Psychology) if their performance warrants one.

During their second year (*), students will complete their empirical research which will be informed by the results of their systematic-style review, and, in their third year (*), they will conduct a translation study based on the application of their empirical findings. Both of these undertakings will be supervised. The award of the Professional Doctorate will be based on the successful submission of a doctoral level thesis based on the the three research undertakings.

CSWL Logo WebsiteIdeally, students’ research will be framed by the research interests of the CSWL and, also, by that of any employing organisation. This may facilitate early publications for the student.

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New Publications

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS 2016 – 2017

I have yet to go back over the last year or so and note our various publications not yet announced on my Blog. In the meantime, to help me play catchup, I will draw attention to two recent papers that concern different aspects of work-related stress.

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Hassard, J., Teoh, K., & Cox, T. (2016). Organizational uncertainty and stress among teachers in Hong Kong: work characteristics and organizational justice. Health Promotion International http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/PR-05-2015-0136

The journal has a current impact factor of 2.046. It is ranked 40th in the list of journals in public, environmental & occupational health (145) and has a 5-year impact factor of 2.464. It is published by Oxford University Press.

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Hassard, J., Teoh, K., Visockaite, G., Dewe, P. & Cox, T. (2017) The economic burden of work-related stress to society: a systematic review. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology (Accepted for 2017).

The journal advertises a current impact factor of 2.00 and is ranked 24th in the list of applied psychology journals (79). Its 5-year impact factor is 4.010. It is the journal of the US Society for Occupational Health Psychology and is published by the American Psychological Association.

In both cases, we must thank our colleague, Dr Juliet Hassard, for persevering with these publications and crafting them ably through to acceptance by good journals.

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Alive & Kicking: Rumours of My Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated!

It has been a long time since I last posted on this Blog: too long. Fortunately, however, this has not been due to ill-health or loss of interest or complete retirement. 2015 and 2016 have been momentous years in UK and global politics and I have been hugely distracted by events. I have spent time writing a different blog in defence of a more collaborative, tolerant and just societal future. Probably this endeavour has proved more cathartic than influential but there it is. I do not apologise for this but it is time to refocus at least part of my energies.

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Much has happened around me in our scientific and professional endeavours and I will soon start to describe the sometimes bumpy road that has been progress. Suffice to say here that I am still ‘alive and kicking’ and so is the Centre for Sustainable Working Life at Birkbeck and its ESRC Seminar Series on Cancer & Employment. The METIS Collaboration also continues and equally successfully. Collectively, we can boast new funding. People have joined us, some have moved and some have left us. There has been a plethora of new papers, chapters and reports, seminars and conference papers that, together, serve to prove my assertion that I am, we are, still ‘alive and kicking’.

Thank you to those who have periodically looked at what has been a never changing Blog in our ever changing world. The Blog crept over 20,000 hits while I have been mentally engaged elsewhere.

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Eulogy to Dr Eusbio (Seb) Rial Gonzalez

I delivered this eulogy to my friend and colleague Seb ~ Dr Eusebio Rial-Gonzalez ~ at the Healthy Workplace Summit 2015 in Bilbao in November.

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DECEMBER: UPDATE ESRC SEMINAR ON CANCER & EMPLOYMENT

Cancer & Employment: The Legal & Insurance
Contexts

The third ESRC funded seminar on Cancer & Employment will consider the legal and insurance industry perspectives. It will be held in the Keynes Library, Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London on 21st January 2015.

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The Speakers will be: Joy Reymond, UNUM, Cerys Bratley, Macmillan Cancer Support, and Professor Tom Cox, Centre for Sustainable Working Life, Birkbeck University of London. The provisional programme is

 

Joy Reymond: Cancer & Employment: An Insurance Industry Perspective

Cery Bratley: Your Rights When Working With Cancer

Tom Cox: Cancer & Work: Thinking About Issues in Health & Safety La

The presentations are designed to provide an overview of current and future issues and stimulate subsequent group discussions. These discussions will focus on three questions:

  1. What are the key challenges that we need to address and can address?
  2. How can we use our current knowledge to meet those challenges through better systems, practices and policies?
  3. What else do we need to know?

Attendance at the seminar is free but there are limited places available.  A waiting list will be kept if the seminar is over subscribed. Registration is through Eventbrite at:

http://www.eventbrite.com/esrc-seminar-cancer-employment-the-legal-ins

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NOVEMBER: III ESRC SEMINAR ON CANCER & EMPLOYMENT

Cancer & Employment: Social Science Perspectives
The Legal & Insurance Contexts

The III ESRC funded seminar on Cancer & Employment has just been announced and online registration is now open. The seminar will focus on discussion of the legal and insurance industry perspectives. The questions posed will be: what are the current challenges of importance, how can we achieve better policies and practices to deal with those challenges and what else do we need to know to be able to do so? The seminars are designed to be both multidisciplinary and multi-professional.

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This third seminar will be held on 21st January 2016 in the Keynes Library on Gordon Square in Bloomsbury London. The Library, of historic importance, is easily accessible from Euston and St Pancras / Kings Cross mainline stations and Marylebone Station is a short walk away. It is also served by three London Underground stations: Goodge Street, Euston Square and Russell Square.

The seminar will start with three speakers who together will describe the relevant landscape of facts and challenges (morning) to stimulate subsequent group discussions (afternoon). The speakers are: Joy Reymond (UNUM), Cerys Bartley (Macmillan) and myself, Professor Tom Cox (Birkbeck).

The seminar is free and refreshments and lunch will be provided. There are a limited number of places available and so early registration is advisable. Registration will, however, remain open until 14th January 2016.

There will be further information on the seminar on the website of the Centre for Sustainable Working Life at: http://www.bb.ac.uk/cswl/ and on Twitter at @cswl_bbk.

Online registration uses EventBrite and is at:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/esrc-seminar-cancer-employment-the-legal-insurance-contexts-tickets-19532135142
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JUNE: PAPER TO BE INCLUDED IN NEW ACADEMIC WORK

PSYCHOLOGICAL RESILIENCE & WELLBEING by PALMER AND GYLLENSTEN: SAGE

69272_9781473912120SAGE are preparing a new academic work, Psychological Resilience & Wellbeing, edited by Stephen Palmer and Kristina Gyllensten, Centre for Stress Management in London, which will be published next month (July 2015) as of the SAGE Library in Mental Health. Apparently, this work will be printed in three volumes with an introduction by the Editors.

Our paper on evaluating organisational-level work stress interventions: beyond traditional methods is to be included. This paper was first published in Work & Stress in 2007 (21, 348-362). 

Without knowing the context of its publication, we are, at this point, somewhat flattered.
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JUNE: NEW PUBLICATION

ASSESSMENT OF POTENTIALLY STRESSFUL WORK AND ORGANISATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS: THEORY AND METHOD

Unknown-1The Fourth Edition of the substantial text The Evaluation of Human Work has just been published edited by the late John Wilson and by Sarah Sharples. This book stands as a testament to John Wilson’s contribution over many years to ergonomics and human factors both in this country and abroad. Sadly, John passed away before this fourth edition was printed. He is and will continue to be sorely missed.

UnknownOur chapter in the Fourth Edition is on the theoretical framework for the assessment of potentially stressful work and organisational environments and includes an overview of the methods that might be best used. It is a substantive update of our earlier contributions.

It might be cited as: Cox, T., and Griffiths, A. (2015) Assessment of potentially stressful work and organisational environments: theory and methods. In: J. Wilson & S. Sharples (eds) Evaluation of Human Work: Fourth Edition. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis: London.

My thanks to John Wilson and Sarah Sharples and to Amanda Griffiths for their help in crafting this chapter through to completion. I hope that John would have been happy with it.
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MAY: NEW PUBLICATION

THE INFLUENCE OF NURSING TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP STYLE ON THE QUALITY OF NURSES’ WORKING LIVES IN TAIWAN: A CROSS-SECTIONAL QUANTITATIVE STUDY

UnknownOur paper describing a quantitative study of the effects of a transformational leadership style, within nursing, on nurses’ working lives has been published in BMC Nursing. The study was carried out with a sample of nurses working in Taiwan. The journal is Open Access and does not yet have an impact factor.

The paper can be cited as: Lin P-Y, MacLennan, S,  Hunt, N, and Cox, T. (2015) The influences of nursing transformational leadership style on the quality of nurses’ working lives in Taiwan: a cross-sectional quantitative study. BMC Nursing, 14:33 DOI 10.1186/s12912-015-0082-x.

Our thanks to Ping-Yi Lin for persevering with this paper and seeing it through to publication.
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