My research interests are in occupational health psychology, and in particular working conditions which can influence the health of employees. As such I have received funding from various sources (Avon and Somerset police, Bath Spa University, Richard Benjamin Trust, British Academy among others). Most recently I was awarded an ESRC New Investigator Grant for £218,000 for the "HOW NHS Project".
Alongside Dr Elaine Wainwright I am co-lead of the Psychology Research Group here at Bath Spa, and together we supervise Paulina Wegrzynek as a PhD research student.
At Bath Spa University I am a Level 4 module leader in Individual Differences, in which we focus primarily on contentious issues in and around the areas of intelligence and personality. Prior to my employment at Bath Spa, at the University of Westminster I also contributed heavily to teaching on the MSc in Business Psychology, and have previously been module lead on social psychology and introductory psychology modules.
- BSc (Hons).
- Fellow member of the Higher Education Authority
- Member of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology.
Other external roles
- Reviewer: Occupational Medicine
- Reviewer: International Journal of Workplace Health Management
- External Examiner: South Devon University Centre (University of Plymouth)
- External Examiner: Sheffield Halla University (Oldham College).
Areas of expertise
- Work stress
- Psychosocial work conditions
- Stress management in the workplace
- Stress and working conditions in the public sector.
My research into work conditions and stress has been published on the websites of two leading social work and education organisations, as well as having significant impact (see "Impact" section below):
My research into zero-hours contracts and working conditions for both teachers and social workers has been widely discussed in the local, national and international media, as well as more industry-specific publications. See below for just a few examples:
I have also interviewed live on the Victoria Derbyshire Show, BBC Radio Wales and Wiltshire.
In the lead up to Research Excellence Framework 2021, my research is already beginning to have significant impact both nationally and to organisations:
- From the Teacher study, questions have been asked of ministers in Scottish parliament, with opposition parties calling for an inquiry into teaching in Scotland.
- From the Social Work study, a debate in the House of Lords has been tabled. Additionally, an early day motion is being developed.
- Also from the Social Work study, the British Association of Social Workers and Social Workers Union have developed the "Respect for Social Work" campaign.
- There is also impact specifically built into The HOW NHS project, and this will be updated as the project goes on.
I am interested in supervising research students in the area of employee health and wellbeing.
Invited talks/guest lectures
A selection of talks and presentations given over the last two years:
- British Association of Social Work (2018): Improving Stress and Working Conditions in UK Social Work
- Social Worker’s Union Annual General Meeting (2017): Working Conditions in UK Social Workers
- At Work Foundation (2017): What Works at Work?
- European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (2017): Zero hours contracts in Care Work
- British Psychological Society: Zero Hours Contracts and Influence on Health and Wellbeing
- American Psychology Association (20115): Social Media and Group Decision Making
- European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (2015): Appreciative Inquiry for Stress Management.
I am currently running a number of projects.
I have two national surveys running, with each recruiting thousands of participants:
- Psychosocial working conditions and stress in teachers and education staff (with Dr Joe Walsh)
- Stress in social workers: what is it and how do we prevent it?
Furthermore I am working with a large police force in the South of England to develop a wellbeing toolkit. The toolkit will allow the identification of stress symptoms in self and others, and thus spot the signs of stress before they lead to sickness.
I am also interested in the use of complementary therapies (in particular Mindfulness) in the workplace. I am working with Dr Joe Walsh to develop and implement a Mindfulness intervention for school teachers, and subsequently evaluate the intervention’s influence on employee wellbeing.
Research and academic outputs
Ravalier, J.M (2018) 'Psychosocial working conditions and stress in UK social workers.' British Journal of Social Work. ISSN 0045-3102 (Forthcoming)
Ravalier, J.M and Walsh, J (2018) 'Working conditions and stress in the English education system.' Occupational Medicine, 68 (2). pp. 129-134. ISSN 0962-7480
Ravalier, J.M, Fidalgo, A.R, Morton, R and Russell, L (2017) 'The influence of zero-hours contracts on care worker well-being.' Occupational Medicine, 67 (5). pp. 344-349. ISSN 0962-7480
Ravalier, J.M, Wegrzynek, P and Lawton, S (2016) 'Systematic review: complementary therapies and employee well-being.' Occupational Medicine, 66 (6). pp. 428-436. ISSN 0962-7480
Ravalier, J.M, Dandil, Y and Limehouse, H (2015) 'Employee engagement and management standards: a concurrent evaluation.' Occupational Medicine. ISSN 0962-7480
McVicar, A, Ravalier, J.M and Greenwood, C (2014) 'Biology of stress revisited: intracellular mechanisms and the conceptualization of stress.' Stress and Health, 30 (4). pp. 272-279. ISSN 1532-2998
Ravalier, J.M, McVicar, A and Munn-Giddings, C (2014) 'Public service stress and burnout over 12 months.' Occupational Medicine, 64 (7). pp. 521-523. ISSN 0962-7480
Ravalier, J.M, McVicar, A and Munn-Giddings, C (2013) 'The Management Standards Indicator Tool and evaluation of burnout.' Occupational Medicine, 63 (2). pp. 145-147. ISSN 0962-7480
Ravalier, J.M (2017) Evidence review - what works at work? In: Mental Health at Work, 17 February, 2017, London, UK.
Ravalier, J.M and Fidalgo, A (2015) Social media & group decision making: an experimental study. In: American Psychological Association Annual Convention, 6-9 August 2015, Toronto, Canada.
Ravalier, J.M (2015) Appreciative inquiry for stress management: positive psychology interventions in the workplace. In: EAWOP 2015: 17th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, 20-23 May 2015, Oslo Congress Centre, Oslo, Norway.