Paulina Wegrzynek

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. My research focuses on employee health and wellbeing, particularly when employees suffer with chronic pain and how that affects their work/return to work (RTW). I am also interested in wellbeing and moral injury in social work. My empirical work includes studies with return to work stakeholders (including employees, occupational health physicians, occupational therapists and occupational health advisors and nurses) about their perceptions of current RTW processes for chronic pain sufferers.

My doctoral work has already had significant interest from the Joint Work and Health Unit, when a commissioned organisation interviewed Dr Elaine Wainwright and I, enabling work led by my research to contribute to a scoping review of occupational health provision in the UK.

I also collaborate on funded projects with Professor Jermaine Ravalier (the HOW Social Work Project) and Dr Elaine Wainwright (Fit for Purpose? An Evidence Synthesis of the Fit Note) and contribute to the Psychology Centre for Health and Cognition (PCHC), a research centre based in the School of Sciences.

I am module leader of the Level 5 Health Psychology module, which is concerned with the micro- and macro-context of health and illness, the experience of being "ill", treating illness, health-risk behaviours and health enhancement.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Health and Organisational Psychology – Bath Spa University
  • PGCert - Bath Spa University
  • MSc Principles of Applied Neuropsychology - Bath Spa University
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology - Bath Spa University

Professional qualifications

  • Fellow - Higher Education Academy

Other external roles

  • Reviewer - BMJ Open Journal

Areas of expertise

  • Health Psychology
  • Qualitative research methods in Psychology
  • Individual differences in personality and intelligence
  • Return to work and employee wellbeing

Conference presentations and wider engagement

  • Wegrzynek, P., Wainwright, E. and Ravalier, J. "Tertiary return to work interventions for chronic pain: a systematic literature review". Conference poster presented at the British Journal of Pain's Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2018 (also published in British Journal of Pain 12 (2) Suppl 1: 24-25).
  • Wegrzynek, P., Wainwright, E. and Ravalier, J. "Return to work and chronic pain". Bath Spa University 3-Minute Thesis, Bath, March 2017.
  • Wegrzynek, P., Ravalier, J. and Fidalgo, A. “Social Media and Group Polarisation”. Bath Skeptics in the Pub, Bath, September 2015.
  • Wegrzynek, P., Ravalier, J. and Fidalgo, A. “Social Media and Group Polarisation”. Bath Spa University Early Career Researcher Conference, Corsham, June 2015.

Research and academic outputs

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Co-creating and evaluating an app-based well-being intervention: the HOW (Healthier Outcomes at Work) Social Work project
article

Ravalier, J.M, Wainwright, E, Smyth, N, Clabburn, O, Wegrzynek, P and Loon, M (2020) 'Co-creating and evaluating an app-based well-being intervention: the HOW (Healthier Outcomes at Work) Social Work project.' International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (23). e8730. ISSN 1661-7827


Return to work interventions for chronic pain: a systematic review
article

Wegrzynek, P, Wainwright, E and Ravalier, J.M (2020) 'Return to work interventions for chronic pain: a systematic review.' Occupational Medicine, 70 (4). pp. 268-277. ISSN 0962-7480


BJP ASM Poster Abstracts 2018 - Tertiary return to work interventions for chronic pain: a systematic literature review
article

Wegrzynek, P, Wainwright, E and Ravalier, J.M (2018) 'BJP ASM Poster Abstracts 2018 - Tertiary return to work interventions for chronic pain: a systematic literature review.' British Journal of Pain, 12 (2 Supp). pp. 24-25. ISSN 2049-4637


Systematic review: complementary therapies and employee well-being
article

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


Individual return to work interventions for chronic pain: a systematic literature review
other

Wegrzynek, P, Wainwright, E and Ravalier, J.M (2016) Individual return to work interventions for chronic pain: a systematic literature review. PROSPERO CRD42016048822.


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